Room-temperature indentation experiments carried out on nanocrystalline Ni75at.%Al25at.% alloy films with a range of grain sizes revealed that the strain-rate sensitivity of hardness is nearly zero and that the hardness increases as grain size decreases. The strain-rate insensitivity of hardness indicates that the room-temperature strength of these alloy films is dominated by an athermal, strain-rate-insensitive component. The hardness of the films was found to be in the range of 2.4 to 3.3 GPa, depending on grain size.
|Pages (from-to)||382 - 386|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|