Crack Propagation Behavior of Fused Silica during Cyclic Indentation under Incremental Loads

Koji Kosai, Yugang Zhao, Jiwang Yan

研究成果: Article査読


Fused silica is an important optical material with important applications, where the surface must be precisely machined without subsurface damage. In this study, multi-cyclic indentations under incremental loads were performed on fused silica using two kinds of indenters to clarify the mechanisms of crack generation and propagation induced by precision grinding. It was found that incremental loading cyclic nanoindentation induced various patterns of subsurface cracking and surface spalling. Four kinds of surface spalling were identified at different locations around an indent, the temporal formation mechanisms of which were clarified by microscopic observation and topographical measurement. Load–displacement curve analysis demonstrated that incremental propagation of lateral cracks during early indentation cycles caused large-scale brittle fractures during later cycles. Compared with a Berkovich indenter, a cube-corner indenter caused more significant brittle fractures and surface spalling. The findings in this study will deepen the understanding of subsurface damaging mechanism of fused silica and other brittle solids caused by cyclic tool-workpiece interactions in grinding and other mechanical machining processes.

ジャーナルApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
出版ステータスPublished - 2022 7月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 材料科学(全般)
  • 器械工学
  • 工学(全般)
  • プロセス化学およびプロセス工学
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 流体および伝熱


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