DLC thin film behaviour during multiple-cycle repeating nano-indentation

N. H. Faisal*, R. Ahmed, Y. Q. Fu, M. Hadfield, M. Alhoshan

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The aim of this investigation was to understand the localised failure behaviour of diamond like carbon (DLC) thin film during multiple-cycle repeating nanoindentation. The film investigated was 100 nm and 500 nm thick sputtered coated on two Si (100) wafers of 500 m thickness. Multiple-cycle repeating nano-indentation tests under diamond Berkovich and conical indenters were performed using a calibrated NanoTestTM at different load ranges between 0.1 mN and 200 mN. Each multiple-cycle nano-indentation test was conducted for a total of 20 cycles with the same load in each cycle at the same location. The shape of the indenter test probes, pre-existing residual stresses in films and indentation loads were critical in inducing the localized indentation stress leading to failure. Test results indicated forward deviation and backward deviation in force-displacement profile. An elastic finite element model during nano-indentation loading indicated that this was caused by the location of maximum stress near the interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalWIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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