Indentation creep testing of superalloys

Conference Dates

September 29-October 4, 2019


Great progress has been made over the last years in high temperature nanoindentation testing and quite reliable test systems are available to operate at temperatures up to 800°C. With such systems the high temperature strength is measured via the hardness of materials. However, for high temperature materials especially the creep strength is of interest and therefore also many attempts have been undergone to probe also the creep properties with high temperature nanoindentation. In most cases pointed indenters as Berkovich or conical indenters have been used for this. A major challenge, however, then is, how the nanoindentation data are converted into uniaxial creep properties, i.e. those which are needed for constructional purposes. Although, it seems that the stress exponent can be derived quite successfully with such indenters, an evaluation of a full creep curve for materials with significant primary creep does not seem possible, since the strain a pointed indenter is inducing is fixed by the indenter shape and stays more or less constant during the whole test [1].

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