Scaling relationships in conical indentation in elastic-plastic solids with work-hardening

Yang Tse Cheng, Che Min Cheng

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We derive, using dimensional analysis and finite element calculations, several scaling relationships for conical indentation in elastic-plastic solids with work-hardening. Using these scaling relationships, we examine the relationships between hardness, contact area, and mechanical properties of solids. The scaling relationships also provide new insights into the shape of indentation curves and form the basis for understanding indentation measurements, including nano- and micro-indentation techniques. They may also be helpful as a guide to numerical and finite element calculations of indentation problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Spring Symposium - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 15 1998Apr 16 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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