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Substrate effects and evaluation of elastic moduli of components of inhomogeneous films by nanoindentation

Kossovich, E.L., Borodich, Feodor M. ORCID:, Bull, S.J. and Epshtein, S.A. 2016. Substrate effects and evaluation of elastic moduli of components of inhomogeneous films by nanoindentation. Thin Solid Films 619 10.1016/j.tsf.2016.11.018

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Depth-sensing nanoindentation (DSNI) is a very popular technique that is used for evaluation of mechanical properties of both homogeneous thin films and bulk material samples. Recently it has been proposed by the authors to apply the DSNI to components of highly inhomogeneous materials that could contain pores and cracks. The extended techniques assume that the DSNI is applied to very thin films (the thickness is about 10–20 μm) of the tested inhomogeneous material glued to a transparent rigid substrate. The combination of DSNI and transmitted light microscopy allows us to visualize the regions of tested components. Because we study not a bulk material sample but rather a thin films glued to the substrate, the approximating functions have to be used to extract the real elastic modulus of the tested component. We present the results of evaluation of elastic moduli of coal samples at varying depth of maximal indentation using seven approximating functions. Comparing the experimental values with the results of approximations and calculating statistical characteristics such as the residual sum of squares and the coefficient of determination, it was found that the most appropriate are the exponential decay function and a function based on power-law approximation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depth-sensing nanoindentation; Mechanical characteristics; Glue; Substrate; Coal films
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0040-6090
Date of Acceptance: 10 November 2016
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 09:49

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