WIT Press


Indentation Behavior Of Heteroeneous Materials

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC030151

Volume

43

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

632.95 kb

Author(s)

E. S. Ege, R. Pereyra & Y.-L. Shen

Abstract

Indentation behavior of hetero eneous materials E. S. Ege, R. Pereyra & Y.-L. Shen Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, USA. Abstract A combined computational and experimental study was undertaken to investigate the effect of microstructural heterogeneity on indentation response. Finite element analyses were carried out to simulate the stress-strain and indentation behavior of a model heterogeneous system consisting of hard particles embedded within a ductile matrix. The indentation response consistently overestimates the overall strength of the composite. Experiments on particle-reinforced metal matrix composites confirmed the non-correspondence between the indentation and stress-strain responses, even when the indent size is much greater than the microstructural feature size. A quantitative microscopic characterization was employed to show the local increase in particle concentration directly underneath the indentation, which is largely responsible for the overestima

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