Experimental study of spherical indentation on piezoelectric materials

U. Ramamurty, S. Sridhar, A. E. Giannakopoulos, S. Suresh

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The response of lead zirconate titanate and barium titanate piezoelectric ceramics to spherical microindentation was investigated. Force vs penetration depth curves obtained from instrumented indentation reveal that the indentation stiffness depends on the material condition (i.e. poled vs unpoled) and the type of indentor (i.e. electrically conducting vs insulating). Good agreement was found between the experimental results and predictions of an analytical model of Giannakopoulos and Suresh (1999) for the spherical indentation of a transversely isotropic piezoelectric material. A parametric analysis was conducted to identify key material properties that influence the indentation response. An error analysis was performed so as to assess the influence of the variabilities in constituent properties on the scatter in the measured indentation stiffness. This indentation method has been shown to offer a new methodology for characterizing some properties of piezoelectric materials. Advantages and limitations of such a technique are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2417-2430
Number of pages14
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 22 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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