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Numerical simulation of nano-indentation on rough surfaces

Bobji, MS and Biswas, SK (1997) Numerical simulation of nano-indentation on rough surfaces. In: 10th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies, 2-4 Sept. 1997, Singapore; Singapore.

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Nano-indentation is a technique used to measure various mechanical properties like hardness, Young's modulus and the adherence of thin films and surface layers. It can be used as a quality control tool for various surface modification techniques like ion-implantation, film deposition processes etc. It is important to characterise the increasing scatter in the data measured at lower penetration depths observed in the nano-indentation, for the technique to be effectively applied. Surface roughness is one of the parameters contributing for the scatter. This paper is aimed at quantifying the nature and the amount of scatter that will be introduced in the measurement due to the roughness of the surface on which the indentation is carried out. For this the surface is simulated using the Weierstrass-Mandelbrot function which gives a self-affine fractal. The contact area of this surface with a conical indenter with a spherical cap at the tip is measured numerically. The indentation process is simulated using the spherical cavity model. This eliminates the indentation size effect observed at the micron and sub-micron scales. It has been observed that there exists a definite penetration depth in relation to the surface roughness beyond which the scatter is reduced such that reliable data could be obtained.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 08:55
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 08:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/43994

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