Nanoindentation of a layered crystal structure oxide

M. P. Shemkunas, William Petuskey

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Nanoindentation was performed on layered structure materials to determine values for stiffness and hardness perpendicular to the layers. In order to establish the validity of this technique for anisotropic materials, layered minerals with known elastic constants were tested, including brucite and muscovite mica. A layered ceramic oxide of interest, KCa 2Nb 3O 10, was also investigated. A Berkovich diamond tip was used to carry out the indentations. Indents were made on atomically flat surfaces of crystals, as observed in-situ with an atomic force microscope. Analysis of load versus displacement data showed that the elastic constant C 33 for muscovite and brucite agreed to within five percent of literature values. In the case of KCa 2Nb 3O 10, average values of 57.0 GPa for C 33 and 3.8 GPa hardness were obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsD.S. Schwartz, D.S. Shih, A.G. Evans, H.N.G. Wadley
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Spring Symposium - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 13 1998Apr 15 1998


OtherProceedings of the 1998 MRS Spring Symposium
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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