Nanoindentation based fracture studies of ITO coating.

Pradeepkumar, MS and Sibin, KP and Hasan, MA and Dey, A and Mukhopadhyay, AK (2021) Nanoindentation based fracture studies of ITO coating. Ceramics International, 47 (10). pp. 14717-14722. ISSN 02728842

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Nano-scale load (P) dependency of fracture toughness (K1C) of indium tin oxide (ITO) coating on silicon (Si) substrate is evaluated by nanoindentation based direct and energy methods. A Berkovich triangular diamond nanoindenter is used with nine different P values e.g., 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 150 and 200 mN. Extensive utilization of both optical microscopy (OM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) techniques reveal that up to P ≤ 40 mN only the sharp radial cracks form from three corners of the nanoindent. However, for P > 40 mN, multiple cracks occur over and above the radial cracks. Finally, at P: 150–200 mN coating gets chipped off from the substrate. The K1C values of the ITO coating are calculated on the basis of both the conventional radial crack length measurement based method and the strain energy release based method. The K1C values are strongly sensitive to variations in P. Further, the strain energy method results in higher magnitudes of the K1C values.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ITO, Fracture, Toughness, Nanoindentation, Energy method, Crack
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Mrs. Usha Kumari
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 13:53
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 13:53

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