Indenting glasses with indenters of varying stiffness and sharpness

Johan Frederik Schou Christensen, N. M. Anoop Krishnan, Mathieu Bauchy, Morten Mattrup Smedskjær*

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In this study, the effects of both indenter sharpness and stiffness on the indentation response of oxide glasses have been investigated. Using five different indenters, the indentation response in terms of glass deformation mechanism, cracking behavior, and hardness has been examined for three glasses (sodium silicate, sodium borate, and sodium borosilicate). For right square-based pyramidal diamond indenters with varying tip angle, increased indenter sharpness reduces the magnitude of the indentation size effect. Additionally, increased indenter sharpness lowers the crack initiation resistance, which is linked to a reduction of densification. For indenters with the same geometry but made of different materials, the effect of the indenter material is insignificant when the indenter is substantially stiffer than the specimen. When the stiffness of the indenter is only slightly higher or similar to that of the sample, substantial deformation of the indenter occurs, reducing the effective indenter sharpness and hence affecting the indentation response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122111
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • Crack initiation
  • Indentation
  • Indentation size effect (ISE)
  • Oxide glasses


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