Recent advances in data analysis protocols have transformed indentation from being used merely as a qualitative tool for
comparing materials to a rigorous material characterization tool, and a tool for analyzing the stress-strain characteristics
of materials. This book collects and presents all of the important details of the key protocols (many of them recently
developed) for the convenience of engineers and scientists in the materials manufacturing industry, OEMs, research
laboratories, and academic institutions.
Kalidindi and Pathak explain the protocols used in generating indentation stress-strain curves and extracting meaningful
properties from measured load-displacement data in spherical nanoindentation. They also demystify the use of
nanoindentation as a material characterization tool that provides robust quantitative assessment of a materialâs
mechanical properties. Materials covered range from metals to biomaterials.
This exploration of nanoindentation includes coverage of:
ï· The use of new data analysis protocols to establish estimates of mechanical properties from the initial loading
segment in the indentation experiments;
ï· The potential of characterizing the samples with indentation in conjunction with other structure quantification
techniques in order to establish novel protocols for extracting new information needed to formulate material
constitutive laws at the lower length scales;
ï· The combined use of orientation imaging microscopy (OIM) and nanoindentation;
ï· The combined use of Raman spectroscopy and nanoindentation on bio-samples;
ï· New insights into the buckling response in dense carbon nanotube (CNT) brushes.