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dc.contributor.advisor Pharr, George M.
dc.creatorMcAdams, Shaun Donald
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:00:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:00:29Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13535
dc.description.abstract The elastic modulus and hardness of 1.2 $\mu$m thick films made of alternating and equal layers of sputter deposited Mo and Al$\sb2$O$\sb3$ were measured by a depth-sensing indentation apparatus which can test the properties of submicron volumes of material. Microlaminates with bilayer thicknesses ($\lambda$) of 5, 20, 30, and 100 nm were prepared and tested. The moduli of the microlaminates were found to follow a rule-of-mixtures. No "supermodulus effect" was observed. The hardness of the 100 nm microlaminate was observed to be almost twice as high as the hardness of either as-deposited Mo or Al$\sb2$O$\sb3$. This may be evidence of the "superstrength effect." A new method for determining the area of contact between an indenting diamond and the tested sample as a function of the plastic depth of indentation was established. An accurate area function is necessary for deriving mechanical properties from indentation data.
dc.format.extent 101 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectEngineering
Materials science
Metallurgy
Condensed matter physics
dc.title The hardness and modulus of molybdenum/aluminum oxide microlaminates as determined by nanoindentation
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation McAdams, Shaun Donald. "The hardness and modulus of molybdenum/aluminum oxide microlaminates as determined by nanoindentation." (1991) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13535.


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