Mechanical properties characterization of a viscoelastic solid using low-frequency large-amplitude oscillatory indentations with a sharp tip


A viscoelastic solid was contacted by a pointed indenter using low-frequency large-amplitude sinusoidal load functions to determine its contact stiffness in a manner similar to that of the continuous stiffness measurement (CSM) technique but in a quasi-static condition. The contact stiffness of a viscoelastic solid determined by the CSM technique, or the dynamic stiffness, is known, from previous CSM-based studies, to overestimate the quasi-static contact stiffness. The contact stiffness of a viscoelastic solid determined in a quasi-static manner is thus hypothesized to help predict the contact depth more accurately. A new analysis procedure based on truncated Fourier series fitting was developed specifically to process the large amplitude sinusoidal indentation data. The elastic modulus of the material characterized in this work was in agreement with that determined by dynamic mechanical analysis, thereby providing evidence for the validity of the present method in characterizing other viscoelastic materials.

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The authors wish to acknowledge the Australian Research Council for funding this project and to thank Hysitron, Inc. for access to a nanoindenter to undertake this research.

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Fujisawa, N., Swain, M. Mechanical properties characterization of a viscoelastic solid using low-frequency large-amplitude oscillatory indentations with a sharp tip. Journal of Materials Research 23, 1557–1563 (2008).

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