Determination of the cross-sectional area of the indenter in nano-indentation tests
Physics and Astronomy
To measure the hardness and elastic modulus of a composite system in the nano-scale range, precise determination of the cross-section area of the indenter tip at different heights is a key. A method of using scanning probing microscopy to image the tip and then using its analysis software, Histogram program, and Bearing curve, combined with the information of the area of each pixel, to determine the cross-section area at different heights are introduced in this paper. Compared with other techniques, it is simple, straightforward, and readily provides a precise relationship between the cross-sectional area and the height. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Link to Published Version
McMinis, J., Crombez, R., Montalvo, E., & Shen, W. (2007). Determination of the cross-sectional area of the indenter in nano-indentation tests. Physica B-Condensed Matter, 391(1), 118–123. doi:10.1016/j.physb.2006.09.006