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Nanoindentation has become a common technique for measuring the hardness and elastic–plastic properties of materials, including coatings and thin films. In recent years, different nanoindenter instruments have been commercialised and used for this purpose. Each instrument is equipped with its own analysis software for the derivation of the hardness and reduced Young's modulus from the raw data. These data are mostly analysed through the Oliver and Pharr method. In all cases, the calibration of compliance and area function is mandatory. The present work illustrates and describes a calibration procedure and an approach to raw data analysis carried out for six different nanoindentation instruments through several round-robin experiments. Three different indenters were used, Berkovich, cube corner, spherical, and three standardised reference samples were chosen, hard fused quartz, soft polycarbonate, and …
Publication date: 
1 Feb 2012

M Cabibbo, P Ricci, R Cecchini, Z Rymuza, J Sullivan, S Dub, S Cohen

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Volume: 43 Issue: 2-3 Pages: 215-222