An indentation system for determination of viscoplastic stress–strain behavior of small metal volumes before and after irradiation
AbstractThe development of fusion materials for the first wall in future fusion reactors requires methods for the investigation of irradiation effects on the mechanical properties of materials which are only available in small volumes. Depth and force reading hardness measurement (or indentation) is one of the candidates that have the potential to extract valuable information on the stress–strain behavior of a material. A modified commercial indentation device installed in a hot cell of a fusion materials laboratory (FML) in combination with a neural network based analysis method allows identifying the material parameters of a unified viscoplasticity model with nonlinear isotropic and kinematic hardening from small metal specimens. By investigation of the same material before and after irradiation the method provides the possibility to separate irradiation effects on modulus, hardening and viscous behavior.