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Getting accurate nanoindentation data from time-dependent and microstructural effects of zinc

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The main objective of this study was obtaining accurate data from nanoindentation experiments on zinc. Nanoindentation experiments can be performed under displacement control, load control, or open loop conditions at different loading/unloading rates. All the above control schemes and range of loading rates were used to test pure zinc samples with different surface preparation using a Hysitron Triboindenter fitted with a blunt Berkovich indenter. The results showed that displacement control with a high loading/unloading rate gave the most reliable results. However, because of the anisotropy of zinc and its large grain size the material should be considered as a single crystal on the scale of the impression generated. It has been found that using the feedback control of nanoindentation experiments can give a significant improvement in the results compared to open loop control due to the time-dependent behaviour of zinc. A full factorial design of experiments approach was performed to investigate the optimum combination of the feedback parameters to obtain accurate and reliable data for the hardness and Young's modulus of zinc.

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Author(s): Tohid RR, Bull SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Materials Research

Year: 2007

Volume: 98

Issue: 5

Pages: 353-359

ISSN (print): 1862-5282

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Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG