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Title: Progress in indentation study of materials via both experimental and numerical methods
Authors: Zhou, Kun
Koseki, Toshihiko
Liu, Mao
Lin, Jhe-yu
Lu, Cheng
Tieu, Kiet Anh
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Mechanical Properties
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Liu, M., Lin, J.-y., Lu, C., Tieu, K. A., Zhou, K., & Koseki, T. (2017). Progress in Indentation Study of Materials via Both Experimental and Numerical Methods. Crystals, 7(10), 258-. doi:10.3390/cryst7100258
Series/Report no.: Crystals
Abstract: Indentation as a method to characterize materials has a history of more than 117 years. However, to date, it is still the most popular way to measure the mechanical properties of various materials at microscale and nanoscale. This review summarizes the background and the basic principle of processing by indentation. It is demonstrated that indentation is an effective and efficient method to identify mechanical properties, such as hardness, Young’s modulus, etc., of materials at smaller scale, when the traditional tensile tests could not be applied. The review also describes indentation process via both experimental tests and numerical modelling in recent studies.
ISSN: 2073-4352
DOI: 10.3390/cryst7100258
Rights: © 2017 by The Author(s). Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Fulltext Permission: open
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