Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Measuring and modelling the instrumented indentation (nanoindentation) response of coated systems

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Trevor Page, Professor Steve BullORCiD


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


We have been determining the ways in which the mechanical properties of coated systems, including those with very thin (<100∈nm) coatings, can best be characterized, at the appropriate small spatial scales, using instrumented indentation techniques (IIT). Our approaches have been to critically assess the differing types of sample information available from load-displacement (P-δ) curves, P-δ2 analyses and P-S2 data (where S is the contact stiffness). Parallel insights into the deformation mechanics controlling the contact response have been sought using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM) to characterize both the detailed appearance of resultant indentations and their underlying deformation structures. Increasingly, many coatings are multilayered and thus there is a need for a modelling approach that can predict the mechanical properties of any proposed multilayer design. Since testing all possible stack sequences and combinations is impossible, we have successfully developed an energy-dissipated-per-unit-volume-of-plastic-zone model to predict the effective hardness, elastic modulus and IIT response in such cases. Such studies are furthering our understanding of the fundamental origins of the mechanical behaviour of coated systems, with particular emphasis on the scale sensitivity of responses and with the purpose of informing systems' design. New insights have occurred such as the differing scale-sensitivities of system hardness (Hsys) and elastic modulus (Esys) resulting in there being a critical range of contact scale range over which a maximized elastic contact response can be expected.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Page TF, Bull SJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Conference on Instrumented Indentation Testing in Materials Research and Development

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 5331-5346

ISSN: 1478-6435

Publisher: Philosophical Magazine, Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/14786430600743884

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 14786443