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Structural and Mechanical Characterization of Si Doped ZnO

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Zn1−x Si x O polycrystalline powders with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.12 were prepared by sol–gel method. Structural properties reveal single phase wurtzite structure for x ≤ 0.03 beyond which structural complexities arise. Micro hardness decreases with increase in Si content. Micro-hardness test reveals Indentation Size Effect. The experimental results were analysed using the Meyer’s law, Proportional Specimen Resistance (PSR), Elastic/Plastic Deformation (EPD) models and Hays-Kendall approach. The Indentation Size Effect was also observed.
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Keywords: Indentation Size Effect; Microhardness; Sol–Gel Method; Wurtzite Structure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Material Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, 452020, India 2: Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, 452020, India 3: Center for Astronomy, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, 452020, India

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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