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TitlePolymer indentation with mesoscopic molecular dynamics
Author(s)Rocha, Javier R.
Yang, Kevin Z.
Hilbig, Travis
Brostow, Witold
Simões, Ricardo
Issue date2013
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Abstract(s)Indentation tests are used to determine the hardness of a material, e.g., Rockwell, Vickers, or Knoop. The indentation process is empirically observed in the laboratory during these tests; the mechanics of indentation is insufficiently understood. We have performed first molecular dynamics computer simulations of indentation resistance of polymers with a chain structure similar to that of high density polyethylene (HDPE). A coarse grain model of HDPE is used to simulate how the interconnected segments respond to an external force imposed by an indenter. Results include the time-dependent measurement of penetration depth, recovery depth, and recovery percentage, with respect to indenter force, indenter size, and indentation time parameters. The simulations provide results that are inaccessible experimentally, including continuous evolution of the pertinent tribological parameters during the entire indentation process.
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