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Crystals 2017, 7(10), 293;

Atomistic Studies of Nanoindentation—A Review of Recent Advances

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and CONICET, Mendoza 5500, Argentina
Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Academic Editors: Ronald Armstrong, Stephen M. Walley and Wayne L. Elban
Received: 12 September 2017 / Revised: 25 September 2017 / Accepted: 26 September 2017 / Published: 29 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Indentation Hardness)
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This review covers areas where our understanding of the mechanisms underlying nanoindentation has been increased by atomistic studies of the nanoindentation process. While such studies have been performed now for more than 20 years, recent investigations have demonstrated that the peculiar features of nanoplasticity generated during indentation can be analyzed in considerable detail by this technique. Topics covered include: nucleation of dislocations in ideal crystals, effect of surface orientation, effect of crystallography (fcc, bcc, hcp), effect of surface and bulk damage on plasticity, nanocrystalline samples, and multiple (sequential) indentation. In addition we discuss related features, such as the influence of tip geometry on the indentation and the role of adhesive forces, and how pre-existing plasticity affects nanoindentation. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoindentation; molecular dynamics; hardness nanoindentation; molecular dynamics; hardness

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Ruestes, C.J.; Alhafez, I.A.; Urbassek, H.M. Atomistic Studies of Nanoindentation—A Review of Recent Advances. Crystals 2017, 7, 293.

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