Experimental Analysis of the Elastic–Plastic Transition During Nanoindentation of Single Crystal Alpha‐Silicon Nitride Academic Article uri icon


  • The elastic-to-plastic transition in single crystal α-silicon nitride was experimentally characterized through a series of nanoindentation experiments using a spherical indenter. The experimental results provide a quantitative description of the critical shear strengths for the transition, as well as estimates of the shear modulus and nanohardness of the material. © 2012 The American Ceramic Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Jang, J., Bei, H., Becher, P. F., & Pharr, G. M.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • May 2012