A laboratory experiment using nanoindentation to demonstrate the indentation size effect is described. This laboratory introduces students to sophisticated instrumentation at low cost and low risk and utilizes recent research in the materials community as its foundation. The motivation, learning objectives, experimental details, data, and data analysis are presented. This experiment is intended for use in an upper-division materials science elective at the university level and has been successfully used in laboratory courses for senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students at Stanford University and Santa Clara University.
Journal of Materials Education
Wright, Wendelin; Feng, Gang; and Nix, William D.. "A Laboratory Experiment Using Nanoindentation to Demonstrate the Indentation Size Effect." Journal of Materials Education (2013) : 135-144.