Appendices 1–7

  • Anthony C. Fischer-CrippsEmail author
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


The methods of analysis of nanoindentation test data rely heavily on the elastic unloading response of the system. It is of interest therefore to have some appreciation of the equations for elastic contact and the associated indentation stress fields. The following assumptions are an essential component of the analytical equations:
  • The radii of curvature of the contacting bodies are large compared with the radius of the circle of contact.

  • The dimensions of each body are large compared with the radius of the circle of contact. This allows indentation stresses and strains to be considered independently of those arising from the geometry, method of attachment, and boundaries of each solid.

  • The contacting bodies are in frictionless contact. That is, only a normal pressure is transmitted between the indenter and the specimen.


Plastic Zone Contact Radius Spherical Indenter Thermal Drift Indentation Modulus 
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  1. 1.Fischer-Cripps Laboratories Pty Ltd.Killarney HeightsAustralia

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