Elastoplastic Indentation Response of Sigmoid/Power Functionally Graded Ceramics Structures

Mohamed A. Eltaher, Ahmed Wagih, Ammar Melaibari, Ghazi S. Alsoruji, Mohamed A. Attia

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Due to the applicability of new advanced functionally graded materials (FGMs) in numerous tribological systems, this manuscript aims to present computational and empirical indentation models to investigate the elastoplastic response of FG substrate under an indention process with spherical rigid punch. The spatial variation of the ceramic volume fraction through the specimen thickness is portrayed using the power law and sigmoid functions. The effective properties of two-constituent FGM are evaluated by employing a modified Tamura–Tomota–Ozawa (TTO) model. Bilinear hardening behavior is considered in the analysis. The finite element procedure is developed to predict the contact pressure, horizontal displacement, vertical deformation, and permanent deformation of FG structure under the rigid cylindrical indentation. The empirical forms for permanent deformation were evaluated and assigned. Model validation with experimental works was considered. The convergence of the mesh and solution procedure was checked. Numerical studies were performed to illustrate the influence of gradation function, gradation index, and indentation parameters on the contact pressure, von Mises stresses, horizontal/vertical displacements, and permanent plastic deformation. The present model can help engineers and designers in the selection of an optimum gradation function and gradation index based on their applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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