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Mechanical characterization of carbonitrided steel with spherical indentation using the average representative strain

Abstract : This paper investigates the identification of mechanical properties of carbonitrided steels using the spherical indentation test. The proposed procedure consists in performing the Vickers microindentation hardness test across the carbonitrided steel in order to obtain the thickness of the hardened layers. Thus, with the assumption of a linear variation of the plastic properties in the intermediate layers between surface and substrate, two spherical macroindentation tests, performed on the substrate and on the surface of the carbonitrided steel, are necessary to identify the work hardening laws' variation through the thickness of the carbonitrided steel. The proposed method does not call for inverse analysis but is based on the use of a database of finite element simulation F–h curves obtained by simulating indentation tests on the surface of various pseudo-carbonitrided materials. The advantage of this method compared to those based on inverse analysis is that it allows a representative strain and a confidence domain of the solution to be determined. The confidence domain of the identified solution takes into account the experimental imprecision of the indentation test and of the case depth variability often encountered in carbonitrided parts.
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Charbel Moussa, Olivier Bartier, Xavier Hernot, Gérard Mauvoisin, Jean-Marc Collin, et al.. Mechanical characterization of carbonitrided steel with spherical indentation using the average representative strain. Materials and Design, Elsevier, 2016, 89, pp.1191-1198. ⟨10.1016/j.matdes.2015.10.067⟩. ⟨hal-01247082⟩

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