Effect of Scratch Velocity on Deformation Features of C-plane Sapphire during Nanoscratching

Pingfa Feng; Chenglong Zhang; Zhijun Wu; Jianfu Zhang
June 2013
Strojniski Vestnik / Journal of Mechanical Engineering;2013, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p367
Academic Journal
The effects of scratch velocity on plastic and brittle deformation features of (0001) C-plane sapphire were studied in nanoscratch tests. The test was conducted under a ramping loading condition from 40 pN to 200 mN using a nanomechanical test system. A Berkovich nanoindenter was employed in this study. The scratch velocities were set at 2, 4, 8, and 16 μm/s. Plastic and brittle deformation features were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The residual stress features of the deformation zones in the scratch groove were observed by Raman spectroscopy. Comparative studies of surface depth profiles and scratch groove features obtained with different scratch velocities reveal that the scratch velocities have distinct effects on the deformation features of C-plane sapphire.


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