Practical Implications of Instrument Displacement Drift during Force-Controlled Nanoindentation

    Volume 38, Issue 2 (March 2010)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Published Online: 5 November 2009

    Page Count: 8


    Romasco, A. L.
    Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    Friedman, L. H.
    Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    Fang, L.
    Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    Meirom, R. A.
    Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    Clark, T. C.
    Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    Polcawich, R.
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

    Pulskamp, J.
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

    Dubey, M.
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

    Muhlstein, C. L.
    Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

    (Received 6 October 2008; accepted 11 September 2009)

    Abstract

    The accuracy of instrumented indentation data relies heavily on the evaluation of experimental errors such as displacement drift. In spite of its importance, little attention has been given to the magnitude of an acceptable displacement drift rate, its relationship to a given set of test conditions, and how errors manifest themselves in force-displacement data. In this work we explored how drift rates that were acceptable for short-term tests caused artificial “abnormal” behavior that could have been interpreted as a true material response for a longer-term test. A critical review of the drift behavior of the nanoindentation system revealed that a useful metric for screening data quality was the nominal accumulated system drift as a fraction of the maximum penetration depth. Additionally, suggestions for drift management during nanoindentation tests were given.


    Paper ID: JTE102177

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE102177

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    Title Practical Implications of Instrument Displacement Drift during Force-Controlled Nanoindentation
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