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The i3D imprinting process.

DIN SPEC 4864.

Test method for the determination of flow curves and comparative characteristic values for the tensile test by means of non-destructive test indentation, 3D measurement and finite element material modelling

0.2% proof stress Rp0.2 and tensile strength Rm from test indentations

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.

Basic concept

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.



How are these values determined?

It is a software algorithm that calculates material characteristics from the three-dimensional shape of a hardness imprint with the help of FEM simulations.

Is this a mechanical test procedure?

In the indentation method, only one point is tested. How can the material behaviour of a tensile test be concluded?

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