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Nanoindentation of Poly (Methyl Methacrylate)

  • Michael J. Adams (a1), David M. Gorman (a1) and Simon A. Johnson (a1)

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For the indentation of an elastic-plastic homogeneous half-space with a pyramidal indenter, the load theoretically increases with the square of the total penetration depth. Experimental data are presented in the current paper that demonstrate the validity of this relationship for an organic polymer and a Berkovich indenter, provided that appropriate account is taken of the tip defect and viscoplasticity. It is also shown that a simple analytical solution exists for the ratio of the contact depth to the total penetration depth. These findings assist in identifying procedures for obtaining the rate-dependent mechanical properties of thin polymer coatings or polymeric materials with depth-dependent mechanical properties.

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Nanoindentation of Poly (Methyl Methacrylate)

  • Michael J. Adams (a1), David M. Gorman (a1) and Simon A. Johnson (a1)

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