Evaluation of the mechanical properties of SS-316L thin foils by small punch testing and finite element analysis

S. Haroush, E. Priel, D. Moreno, A. Busiba, I. Silverman, A. Turgeman, R. Shneck, Y. Gelbstein

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Thin foils having thickness values of 200. μm and less are commonly applied in the food industries, medical applications and more. Small punch technique (SPT) is a promising mechanical testing method for specimens thicker than 250. μm, in which a formulation correlating the measured parameters to standard tensile properties was previously reported. The current research is focused, for the first time, on the correlation between SPT and tensile mechanical properties of SS-316L thinner specimens in the range of 100-200. μm. It is demonstrated by finite-element-analysis, that the mechanical response of thin foils having thicknesses in the range of 25-500. μm can be divided into three categories. For specimens thicker than 300. μm, thin plate bending equations that were applied previously for thick specimens, are still valid, while for thinner specimens this theory fails to provide adequate correlation between SPT and tensile yield stress. For specimens thinner than 50. μm it was identified that equations derived from membrane solution should be employed rather than classical plate theory. For intermediate thickness values in the 50-300. μm range, a "transition-zone" was identified between plate and membrane-like mechanical responses. For the lower region, 50-100. μm, an analytical expression correlating the measured SPT parameters and the tensile yield stress is currently proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials and Design
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2015


  • Finite elements
  • Material properties
  • Metals and alloys
  • Small punch test
  • Thin foils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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