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Experiment and Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nanoindentation of Body Centered Cubic Iron

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Experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been conducted to investigate the nanoindentation behaviours of iron with body centered cubic (BCC) structure. The experiments show that the indentation hardness decreases with the indentation depth and it changes sharply for a small depth. Two cases with different crystallographic orientations have been simulated. The indentation plane is (010) for Case I and (111) for Case II, respectively. The calculated harness (17.4 GPa for Case I and 22.6 GPa for Case II) are in reasonable agreement with the experimental value (24.2 GPa). The simulation results show that the crystallographic orientation significantly influences the indentation deformation. Case I and Case II exhibit different deformation patterns. The indentation force and the hardness in Case I are smaller than Case II. It is also found that the pileup around the indenter is mainly formed along [110] direction for both cases.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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