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Analysis methods and size effects in the indentation fracture toughness assessment of very thin oxide coatings on glass

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Very thin oxide coatings (<100 nm) which are used as anti-reflection and barrier layers in low emissivity architectural glass have been studied by nanoindentation methods to determine the effect of coating thickness on fracture toughness. Traditional microindentation-derived methods to determine the fracture toughness are unsuitable for assessing very thin coatings (<500 nm) and alternative energy-based models are required depending on what features are visible in indentation load–displacement curves. In cases where radial cracks are formed and grow in a discontinuous manner there are excursions in the load–displacement curve which can be the basis for analysis. In cases where picture frame cracks are observed there are no such features and an alternative approach based on assessment of irreversible work of indentation is required. This paper reviews the methods for obtaining fracture toughness data for very thin coatings and assesses the existence of size effects in the mechanical response of oxide coatings with different thickness on a glass substrate. For oxide coatings in the thickness range 100 to 400 nm no size effects in fracture toughness were observed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bull SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Comptes Rendus Mécanique

Year: 2011

Volume: 339

Issue: 7-8

Pages: 518-531

Print publication date: 21/06/2011

ISSN (print): 1631-0721

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7234

Publisher: Elsevier Masson


DOI: 10.1016/j.crme.2011.05.009

Notes: Special issue of Journal - Surface Mechanics: Facts and Numerical Models


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