Scale Effect of Nano-Indentation of Silicon – A Molecular Dynamics Investigation
This paper investigates the scale effect of indenter tip radius on the deformation of silicon under nanoindentation using molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that with larger diamond tips a six-coordinated silicon phase different from β-silicon on loading and a diamond like crystal beneath the indenter on unloading would appear as a result of the indentation stressing. This is a new phenomenon that has not been observed previously.
Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa, Libo Zhou, Jiwang Yan and Nobuhito Yoshihara
K. Mylvaganam and L. C. Zhang, "Scale Effect of Nano-Indentation of Silicon – A Molecular Dynamics Investigation", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 389-390, pp. 521-526, 2009