Influence of indenter tip geometry on elastic deformation during nanoindentation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Nanoindentation with a Berkovich indenter is commonly used to investigate the mechanical behavior of small volumes of materials. To date, most investigators have made the simplifying assumption that the tip is spherical. In reality, indenter tips are much more complex. Here, we develop a new method to describe the tip shape using the experimentally determined area function of the indenter at small depths (0-100 nm). Our analysis accurately predicts the elastic load-displacement curve and allows the theoretical strength of a material to be determined from pop-in data. Application of our new method to single crystal Cr3Si shows that the predicted theoretical strengths are within 12% of the ideal strength G/2pi, where G is the shear modulus.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Bei, H., George, E. P., Hay, J. L., & Pharr, G. M.

citation count

  • 188

complete list of authors

  • Bei, H||George, EP||Hay, JL||Pharr, GM

publication date

  • July 2005