The indentation method according to DIN SPEC 4864 opens up new applications in the field of materials testing. The comparative tensile strength RIm and comparative yield strength RIp0.2 to the tensile test can be tested quickly and easily. In addition, the local yield curve as a measurement result provides more information than the classic hardness conversion to tensile strength according to DIN EN ISO 18265.
The basic idea of the indentation method is to obtain material properties by matching FEM simulations to real measured data. The advantage is that with FEM simulation, input and output data are known. If simulation and experiment match, the material properties can be taken from the simulation.
Outline of the test procedure
- Hardness impression is placed force-controlled in a sample and subsequently measured three-dimensionally.
- FEM simulations with the same boundary conditions (force, application time, test specimen) are varied until the geometry of the simulation matches the geometry of the 3D measurement.
- The procedure converges when sufficient agreement between simulation and experiment is achieved.
- The material parameters are taken from the simulation, which coincides with the experiment.
It is a software algorithm that calculates material characteristics from the three-dimensional shape of a hardness imprint with the help of FEM simulations.
The test imprint is created mechanically by a test specimen, the evaluation is carried out optically by an interferometer and the calculation is carried out digitally by an algorithm.
The transfer of results of a test point to the overall sample is basically the responsibility of the tester/user. In view of the large number of materials considered, this is generally an appropriate approach.
The following points should be observed:
- If the sample has a gradient in the material properties (e.g. due to surface hardening in steel), the overall behaviour results from the totality of the local material properties.
- Limitations exist with aluminium where brittle fractures of the material occur. An actual match in terms of tensile strength cannot be guaranteed in all cases. A transfer to a compressive strength, on the other hand, can. Here it depends on the actual load the component is subjected to.
- Texture/anisotropy: here an average value of the direction-dependent properties is determined