Viscoplastic response of tooth enamel under cyclic microindentation

Yunfei Jia, Fu Zhen Xuan, Fuqian Yang

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Cyclic microindentations were performed on the occlusal surface and axial section of tooth enamel, using the Berkovich indenter. Under the action of a cyclic indentation load, the indenter continuously penetrated into the tooth enamel and reached a quasi-steady state at which the penetration depth per cycle was a constant. At the quasi-steady state, both the amplitude of the indentation depth and the penetration depth per cycle for the cyclic indentation of the axial section are larger than those for the indentation of the occlusal section under the same loading condition. The energy dissipation per cycle consists of two contributions; one is the plastic energy dissipated per cycle due to the propagation of the plastic zone underneath the indentation and the other is the energy dissipation due to the viscous flow during the cyclic indentation. Both the penetration depth and the plastic energy dissipated per cycle at the quasi-steady state are independent of the maximum applied load and increase with increasing the amplitude of the cyclic indentation load.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-456
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
StatePublished - Jun 8 2015

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  • Anisotropy
  • Cyclic microindentation
  • Energy dissipation
  • Tooth enamel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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