Online ISSN : 1347-5320
Print ISSN : 1345-9678
ISSN-L : 1345-9678
Effects of Indenter Tilt on Nanoindentation Results of Fused Silica: an Investigation by Finite Element Analysis
Chengli ShiHongwei ZhaoHu HuangLixia XuLuquan RenMeilin BaiJianping LiXiaoli Hu
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2013 Volume 54 Issue 6 Pages 958-963


In reality, it is a common phenomenon to perform nanoindentation test while the indenter is not perpendicular to the sample, which would cause the properties such as hardness and elastic modulus of sample to be somehow different from the true values. In this paper, the effects of indenter tilt on the results of nanoindentation were studied by finite element analysis (FEA) simulation. The results were compared with indenter perpendicularly penetrating into a flat surface. Conclusions show that when the tilt indenter penetrates into specimen, the projected contact area varies widely. The tilt indentation could significantly influence the tendency of the force-displacement curves, and could also affect the hardness and elastic modulus of the specimen that obtained from the results. Finally, a simple method is given to correct the values of projected area, hardness and elastic modulus once tilt indentation happens.

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