An investigation on the onset of plastic deformation of nanocrystalline solid solution Ti-Al-N films

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4978-4984
Journal / PublicationEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


The nanoscale deformation behavior of the solid solution Ti0.5Al0.5N thin film was systematically investigated by nanoindentation measurements. The effect of the tip radius of the indenter on the behavior of elastic-plastic deformation was also evaluated. The Hertzian stress analysis was used to determine the distribution of resolved shear stress at the initiate plastic deformation, and the obtained critical resolved shear stress was compared to the theoretical shear strength to establish correlations and differences. Comparison of the calculated critical shear stress and theoretical shear strength also indicated that new complete dislocation nucleation during nanoindentation was not the prerequisite of the onset of plastic deformation, even at very shallow indentation depth. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Deformation, Hertzian stress analysis, Nanoindentation, Solid solution thin films