Nanoindentation with spherical tips of single crystals of YBCO textured by the Bridgman technique: Determination of indentation stress-strain curves
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The mechanical properties of superconductor ceramics are of interest in the manufacture of superconducting devices. The current trend is to produce smaller devices (using, e.g., thin films), and the correct characterization of small volumes of material is critical. Nanoindentation is used to assess mechanical parameters, and several studies determine hardness and Young's modulus by sharp indentation. However, studies on the elasto-plastic transition with spherical indentation are scare. Here we used, spherical diamond tip indenter experiments to explore the elasto-plastic transition and to measure the yield strength of the orthorhombic phase of YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO or Y-123) at room temperature. The study was carried out for a range of monodomains on the (1 0 1)-plane for Bridgman samples. Inspection of the load–unload curves for penetration depths lower than 200 nm allows for observation of the elasto-plastic transitions. Focused ion beam (FIB) trenches showed no cracking due to the indentation, although oxygenation cracks were apparent. The mean pressure for the onset of elasto-plastic deformation is 3.5 GPa, and the elastic modulus, E, calculated using the Hertzian equations is 123.5 ± 3.4 GPa.
CitationRoa, J. [et al.]. Nanoindentation with spherical tips of single crystals of YBCO textured by the Bridgman technique: Determination of indentation stress-strain curves. "Journal of the European Ceramic Society", Abril 2010, vol. 30, núm. 6, p. 1477-1482.