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Longquan Shao, Danyu Jiang and Jianghong Gong Nanoindentation Characterization of the Hardness of Zirconia Dental Ceramics Advanced Engineering Materials 15

Article first published online: 4 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adem.201200367

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Nanoindentation tests were conducted on four commercial zirconia dental ceramics. For each material, the measured nanohardness exhibits significant indentation size effect. The so-called load-independent nanohardness was determined based on a second-order polynomial analysis of the variation of the contact depth with the peak load. Finally, a brief discussion was conducted on the reliability and the applicability of the determined load-independent nanohardness.

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