The miniature disk bending test is used to evaluate the mechanical behavior of irradiated materials and their properties (e.g., yield stress and strain hardening exponent) to determine mainly ductility loss in steel due to irradiation from the load-deflection behavior of the disk specimen. In the miniature disk bending machine the specimen is firmly held between the two horizontal jaws of punch, and an indentor with a spherical ball travels vertically. Analytical solutions for large amplitude plastic deformation become rather unwieldy. Hence, a finite element analysis has been carried out. The finite element model considers contact between the indentor and test specimen, friction between various pairs of surfaces, and elastic plastic behavior. This paper presents the load versus deflection results of a parametric study where the values of various parameters defining the material properties have been varied by ±10% around the base values. Some well-known analytical solutions to this problem have also been considered. It is seen that the deflection obtained by analytical elastic bending theory is significantly lower than that obtained by the elastoplastic finite element solution at relatively small values of load. The finite element solution has been compared with one experimental result and values are in reasonably good agreement. With these results it will be possible to determine the material properties from the experimentally obtained values of load and deflection.

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