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Evaluation of adhesive and elastic properties of materials by depth-sensing indentation of spheres

Borodich, Feodor M. ORCID:, Galanov, Boris A., Gorb, Stanislav N., Prostov, Mikhail Y., Prostov, Yuriy I. and Suarez-Alvarez, Maria M. 2012. Evaluation of adhesive and elastic properties of materials by depth-sensing indentation of spheres. Journal of Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing 108 (1) , pp. 13-18. 10.1007/s00339-012-6982-7

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Work of adhesion is the crucial material parameter for application of theories of adhesive contact. It is usually determined by experimental techniques based on the direct measurements of pull-off force of a sphere. These measurements are unstable due to instability of the load-displacement diagrams at tension, and they can be greatly affected by roughness of contacting solids. We show how the values of work of adhesion and elastic contact modulus of materials may be quantified using a new indirect approach (the Borodich–Galanov (BG) method) based on an inverse analysis of a stable region of the force-displacements curve obtained from the depth-sensing indentation of a sphere into an elastic sample. Using numerical simulations it is shown that the BG method is simple and robust. The crucial difference between the proposed method and the standard direct experimental techniques is that the BG method may be applied only to compressive parts of the force-displacements curves. Finally, the work of adhesion and the elastic modulus of soft polymer (polyvinylsiloxane) samples are extracted from experimental load-displacement diagrams.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0947-8396
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:24

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