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Indentation fracture and toughness assessment for thin optical coatings on glass

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jinju Chen, Professor Steve BullORCiD


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The different indentation fracture mechanisms of coated glass caused by a sharp tip (cube corner) at low loads (<4 mN) and a blunt tip (Berkovich) at high loads (up to 500 mN) have been analysed in this study. Existing indentation methods to estimate fracture toughness are unsuitable for very thin coatings (<500 nm). An alternative energy-based method can successfully be applied in the assessment of the ultra-small cracks produced in coated glass based on excursions in the load-displacement curve caused by indentation with a sharp tip. However, it was found that no excursions were observed associated with picture-frame cracks produced by a blunt tip in the same coatings; this is not unusual in other coated systems and makes the existing energy-based models invalid. Therefore, a new energy-based model is developed here to solve this problem and good results have been obtained. The existing models cannot be applied to the analysis of the indentation-induced interfacial failure in this study; therefore, new approaches have also been developed to assess the interfacial toughness and again reasonable results are obtained. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chen J, Bull SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

Year: 2007

Volume: 40

Issue: 18

Pages: 5401-5417

Print publication date: 21/09/2007

Date deposited: 27/05/2008

ISSN (print): 0022-3727

ISSN (electronic): 1361-6463

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/40/18/S01


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