Instrumented indentation for determination of full range stress-strain curves

  • Andreas De Smedt (Ghent University)
  • Stijn Hertelé (Ghent University)
  • Matthias Verstraete (Ghent University)
  • Koen Van Minnebruggen (Ghent University)
  • Wim De Waele (Ghent University)


One common method for the determination of full range stress-strain curves by instrumented indentation is presented and validated for an aluminium alloy. This method relates properties describing the indentation force-depth curve with those describing the uniaxial stress-strain curve as traditionally obtained from a tensile test. The first aim of this paper is to explain the basic concepts of instrumented indentation. Next, the analysis method is presented and validated. This study ends with discussing the uniqueness of the obtained solution. It is concluded that accurate determination of stress-strain behaviour can be realized, but for certain materials two indentations are needed.

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De Smedt, A., Hertelé, S., Verstraete, M., Van Minnebruggen, K. & De Waele, W., (2014) “Instrumented indentation for determination of full range stress-strain curves”, International Journal of Sustainable Construction and Design 5(1), 6. doi:

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Published on
07 Jul 2014
Peer Reviewed