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Title: Hardness of Electrodeposited Nano-nickel Revisited
Authors: Tang, Bill
Advisor: Erb, Uwe
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords: Hardness
Issue Date: 20-Dec-2011
Abstract: In the past, hardness measurements on nanocrystalline metals were limited to Vickers micro-hardness and nano-indentation tests, mainly due to sample size/thickness limitations. On the other hand, most industries require hardness values on the Rockwell scale and make extensive use of hardness conversion relationships for various hardness scales. However, hardness conversions currently do not exist for nanocrystalline metals. With recent advances in electrodeposition technology, thicker specimens with a wide range of grain sizes can now be produced. In this study, the relationships between Vickers and Rockwell hardness scales have been developed for such materials. In addition, hardness indentations were used to gain further insight into the work hardening of nanocrystalline and polycrystalline nickel. Vickers microhardness and nano-indentation profiles below large Rockwell indentations showed that polycrystalline nickel exhibited considerable strain hardening, as expected. On the other hand, for nanocrystalline nickel the micro-Vickers and nano-indentations hardness profile showed low strain hardening capacity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31460
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