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FINITE ELEMENT SIMULATION OF SPHERICAL INDENTATION EXPERIMENTS



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CMEM-V6-N4-749-763

Volume

Volume 6 (2018), Issue 4

Pages

14

Page Range

749 - 763

Author(s)

S. SYNGELLAKIS, H. HABBAB & B. G. MELLOR

Abstract

The problem of indentation of ductile materials by ball indenters is, in this paper, addressed by numerical modelling. A finite element model is built using general purpose software. The axisymmetry of the problem is taken into account thus reducing its dimensionality. Particular attention is given to contact modelling as well as mesh design for optimal performance. The model is validated by comparing its predictions to the exact elastic solution as well as experimental measurements from elasto-plastic indentation tests. In the latter case, indenter imperfection is accounted for and material input are stress-strain curves originating from tensile tests. The sensitivity of numerical results to indenter elasticity is investigated. The effect of friction and specimen creep during indentation on load-displacement predictions is also assessed.

Keywords

creep, elasto-plastic deformation, finite element modelling, friction, spherical indentation