Measuring Material Plastic Properties with Optimized Representative Strain-Based Indentation Technique

Nagahisa OGASAWARA, Norimasa CHIBA, Manhong ZHAO, Xi CHEN

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Indentation analysis based on the representative strain offers an effective way of obtaining material elastoplastic properties from the reverse analysis of indentation load-displacement curve. In this paper, the formulations of the representative stress and strain are optimized to obtain the best accuracy, while retaining a simple form with only one fitting parameter for determining the yield stress and work hardening exponent. The formulations are valid for a wide parameter space of materials. A simple method of estimating the elastic modulus is also proposed. For ductile materials with relatively small yield strains, the elastic modulus can be estimated from one sharp indentation test, and an explicit analysis may be used to obtain the material plastic properties by using plural sharp indenters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-906
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The work is supported in part by National Science Foundation CMS-0407743, CMMI-0643726, and in part by the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University.


  • Indentation
  • Representative Strain
  • Representative Stress
  • Dimensionless
  • Function
  • Elastoplastic Properties
  • Power-Law Material


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