Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 9, pp 2289–2296 | Cite as

The relationship between indentation hardness of organic solids and their molecular structure

  • R. J. Roberts
  • R. C. Rowe
  • P. York


A model has been developed relating the indentation hardness of organic molecular solids to their cohesive energy density, the length of the Burgers vector, the weakest plane from the crystal structure and crystal structural parameters. Whilst the described model is pragmatic, calculated indentation values for a variety of materials based on the weakest plane using specific Burgers vectors agree well with those from literature data.


Polymer Crystal Structure Energy Density Molecular Structure Material Processing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Roberts
    • 1
  • R. C. Rowe
    • 1
  • P. York
    • 2
  1. 1.Zeneca PharmaceuticalsMacclesfieldUK
  2. 2.Pharmaceutical Technology, The School of PharmacyUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK

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