Year of Publication

2004

Document Type

Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Fuqian Yang

Abstract

Finite element simulation of indentation is presented in this thesis. A rigid cylindrical indenter of flat end is used in all the cases, in which the simulation focuses on the effect of a hole on the indentation behavior of materials including elastic and elasto-plastic materials. In the simulation, the material is assumed to be a half-space. The relations between load and displacement are determined as a function of the hole size. Also indentation under cyclic loading is simulated for an elastic-perfect plastic half space. The influence of factors causing fatigue deformation like amplitude, median load and frequency is addressed. The propagation rate of plastic zone and Von Mises stress distribution at maximum and minimum loading are analyzed.

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