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WEB Thermally Activated Deformation Processes in Various Materials Studied by Advanced Nanoindentation Experiments

Wednesday (23.09.2020)
09:30 - 09:45 C: Characterization 2
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Nanoindentation over the recent years established itself as a versatile tool for probing local mechanical properties beyond hardness and modulus. By adapting and improving standard nanoindentation testing methods, reliable protocols capable of probing thermally activated deformation processes can be accomplished. Abrupt strain-rate changes within individual indentations allow determining the strain-rate dependency of hardness at various indentation depths. For probing lower strain-rates and excluding thermal drift influences, long-term creep experiments can be performed by using the dynamic contact stiffness for determining the true contact area. From both procedures hardness and strain-rate, and consequently quantities such as strain-rate sensitivity, activation volume and activation energy can be reliably deducted within individual indentation tests, permitting information on the locally operating thermally activated deformation mechanism.

This presentation will first discuss various testing protocols including possible challenges and improvements, with particular emphasis towards testing at higher temperatures and under hydrogen atmosphere. Second, it will showcase different examples highlighting the direct influence exerted by microstructure and environmental conditions on the underlying deformation behavior in pure and highly alloyed material systems.

Dr. Verena Maier-Kiener
Montanuniversität Leoben