Nanoindentation of Soft Elastic Materials

By Taha Goudarzi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Estimates Young's Modulus of a soft material from its force-displacement data of nanoindentaton test.

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Version 1.0f - published on 19 Jul 2016

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Nanoindentation is an efficient experimental technique for determining the mechanical properties of small volumes of materials. For homogeneous materials, the mechanical properties can be extracted from the indneter’s force-displacement curve using Hertz’s contact solution based on linear elasticity assumptions for different geometries of indenters. This tool predicts the reduced elastic Young’s moduli of materials based on the force-displacement results of nanoindentation tests.


K. L. Johnson, 1987, Contact Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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  • Taha Goudarzi (2016), "Nanoindentation of Soft Elastic Materials," (DOI: 10.21981/D31V5BF5B).

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