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Title: Determination of the effective zero point of contact for spherical nanoindentation
Authors: Moseson, Alexander J.
Basu, Sandip
Barsoum, Michel W.
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: Materials Research Society
Citation: Journal of Materials Research, 23(1): pp. 204-209.
Abstract: Accurate determination of the “zero point,” the first contact between an indenter tip and sample surface, has to date remained elusive. In this article, we outline a relatively simple, objective procedure by which an effective zero point can be determined accurately and reproducibly using a nanoindenter equipped with a continuous stiffness measurement option and a spherical tip. The method relies on applying a data shift, which ensures that curves of stiffness versus contact radius are linear and go through the origin. The method was applied to fused silica, sapphire single crystals, and polycrystalline iron with various indenter sizes to a zero-point resolution of ≈2 nm. Errors of even a few nanometers can drastically alter plots and calculations that use the data, including curves of stress versus strain.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/JMR.2008.0012
Appears in Collections:Faculty Research and Publications (MEM)

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