Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 21, pp 5795–5799 | Cite as

On the determination of elastic modulus in very stiff materials by depth sensing indentation

  • A. Rico
  • M. A. Garrido Maneiro
  • M. T. Gómez Del Rio
  • A. Salazar
  • J. Rodríguez


Depth sensing indentation tests were carried out in stiff ceramics like Al2O3, AlN, SiC and B4C, using a diamond Berkovich tip. The experiments show that the accuracy of the data depends on the stiffness ratio between material and indenter. An iterative calibration procedure is proposed to get a reliable estimation of the elastic modulus.


Elastic Modulus Boron Carbide Indentation Test Calibration Function Stiff Material 



The authors are indebted to Comunidad de Madrid for the financial support through program ESTRUMAT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rico
    • 1
  • M. A. Garrido Maneiro
    • 1
  • M. T. Gómez Del Rio
    • 1
  • A. Salazar
    • 1
  • J. Rodríguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencia e Ingeniería de MaterialesUniversidad Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain

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