, Volume 69, Issue 11, pp 2229–2236 | Cite as

On the Measurement of Power Law Creep Parameters from Instrumented Indentation

  • P. Sudharshan Phani
  • W. C. Oliver
  • G. M. Pharr


Recently the measurement of the creep response of materials at small scales has received renewed interest largely because the equipment required to perform high-temperature nanomechanical testing has become available to an increasing number of researchers. Despite that increased access, there remain several significant experimental and modeling challenges in small-scale mechanical testing at elevated temperatures that are as yet unresolved. In this regard, relating the creep response observed with high-temperature instrumented indentation experiments to macroscopic uniaxial creep response is of great practical value. In this review, we present an overview of various methods currently being used to measure creep with instrumented indentation, with a focus on geometrically self-similar indenters, and their relative merits and demerits from an experimental perspective. A comparison of the various methods to use those instrumented indentation results to predict the uniaxial power law creep response of a wide range of materials will be presented to assess their validity.



WCO and GMP’s contributions to this work were supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DMR-1427812.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI)HyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Nanomechanics Inc.Oak RidgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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