This book, which is a result of a coordinated effort by 22 researchers from five different countries, addresses the methods of determining the local and global mechanical properties of a variety of materials: metals, plastics, rubber, and ceramics. The first chapter treats nanoindentation techniques comprehensively. Chapter 2 concerns polymer surface properties using nanoindentation techniques. Chapter 3 deals with the wear properties of dental composites. Chapter 4 compares the global and local properties of a lead-free solder. Chapter 5 discusses the methods of determining plastic zones at the crack tip. Fatigue resistance of a synthetic polymer under different loading conditions is dealt with in Chapter 6. Chapter 7 is a review of the methods used to measure fatigue crack growth resistance. Chapter 8 treats bulk and surface properties of coated materials, and the final chapter presents a method for determining elastic constants using a resonance technique. All in all, its depth of coverage makes it a must-have for research scholars, graduate students, and teachers.
Table of Contents
Advanced nanomechanical test techniques; Ben D. Beake, Adrian J. Harris and Tomasz W. Liskiewicz
Surface Properties of Polymers and Rubber Measured by Nanoindentation; Dariusz M. Bieliński
Characterization Of Light-Cured Dental Composites; Joanna Kleczewska ,Dariusz M.Bielinski, Mohan Ranganathan and Jerzy Sokolowsko
Properties of a Lead Free Solder; Ze Ma, Florent Chalon, René Leroy, Denis Bertheau and Mohan Ranganathan
Determination of Plastic Zones at the Crack Tip; Tien Dung Do, Florent Chalon, René Leroy, Damien Joly and Mohan Ranganathan
Multiple Aspects Of Polychloroprene Fatigue Behavior; Jean Louis Poisson, Stéphane Meo, Florian Lacroix, Gaelle Berton and Mohan Ranganathan
Fatigue Crack Growth Rate Measurement – A Review; Peter C Mc Keighan
Measurement of Wear and Friction Resistance of Bulk and Coated materials; Caroline Richard, Geetha Manivasagam and Yan Ming Chen
Elastic Properties Characterization by Means of Dynamic Resonant Technique; Pascal Gadaud
Narayanaswami Ranganathan is head of the Laboratory of Mechanics and Rheology at the University of Tours, France, and overseas professor at Anna University and SRM University, Chennai, India. He was a visiting professor at École Polytechnique, Montréal, Canada, in 1993. His research interests comprise materials fatigue, nanocharacterization of material behavior, and fracture mechanics, and he has more than 100 research publications in these fields. Prof. Ranganathan has given talks in related fields all over Europe and the United States, and also at several prestigious universities, including Cambridge University, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Waterloo, IIT Madras, and IIT Delhi.
"This timely book gives an impressive overview of the mechanical characterization of materials in terms of theories and applications. It provides good examples that illustrate the methods to determine the local and global mechanical properties of a wide range of materials. It is a good reference book for academic researchers in various engineering disciplines and professional engineers to gain a comprehensive understanding of materials characterization and select appropriate methods to assess the mechanical responses of advanced materials."
— Dr. Jinju Chen, Newcastle University, UK