Temperature dependence of the indentation size effect

TitleTemperature dependence of the indentation size effect
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFranke, O, Trenkle, JC, Schuh, CA
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Pagination1225 - 1229
Date Published2010/07//

The influence of temperature on the indentation size effect is explored experimentally. Copper is indented on a custom-built high-temperature nanoindenter at temperatures between ambient and 200 degrees C, in an inert atmosphere that precludes oxidation. Over this range of temperatures, the size effect is reduced considerably, suggesting that thermal activation plays a major role in determining the length scale for plasticity.