Nanoindentation mapping of mechanical properties of cement paste and natural rocks

Wenzhong Zhu, John J, Hughes, Nenad Bicanic, Chris J. Pearce

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This paper reports a study to assess nanoindentation mapping of mechanical properties of cement paste and natural rocks. Initial work seems to show that mechanical property mapping by nanoindentation is feasible and can be related to microscopic information. Further work is however required on the effect of indent size and spacing. Such a testing technique can be very useful for materials with different phases to study the intrinsic properties of each component, and also the interaction and properties of the interfacial regions of different phases. The values of Young's modulus and hardness of the individual mineral phases were also determined by statistically analysing a large number of experimental data. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1198
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Characterization
Issue number11-12 Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


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