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Hardness Testing and Analysis

Hardness-1Hardness testing is a basic mechanical test used to verify that raw materials meet specifications, or it can be used as a quick check for materials that aren't performing as expected.  Hardness tests quantify the resistance of a material to plastic deformation and are available as microindentation or macroindentation.

IMR offers several materials hardness testing options: 

  • Rockwell, Brinell (on metals)
  • Macro Vickers, Vickers, Knoop (microhardness)
  • Barcol, Durometer, Shore (on polymers and composites)

The primary purpose of hardness testing is to determine if a material is suitable for a given application, or the particular treatment to which the material has been subjected. Hardness tests are generally easy to perform, which has made this type of testing the most common inspection method for metals and alloys.

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RELATED HARDNESS TESTS-METALS

Brinell Hardness (500, 1000, 1500, 3000Kgf)
Rockwell Hardness (A, B, C, F, L, 15N, 30N, 45N, 15T, 30T, 45T, E, 15Y) 
Knoop Microhardness (10-1000gf)
Macro-Vickers Microhardness (1-10kg)
Vickers Microhardness (10-1000gf)

RELATED HARDNESS TESTS-NON-METALLICS

Barcol Hardness
Durometer Hardness Test/Shore Hardness (A, D, M)   
Rockwell Hardness (E, R, L, M) Non-conditioned lab

RELATED HARDNESS TESTING SPECIFICATIONS

ASTM A370
ASTM B578
ASTM D2240
ASTM D2583
ASTM E10
ASTM E18
ASTM E384
ASTM F606 / F606M
ISO 868
SAE J429
SAE J995
...and more

 

RELEVANT ACCREDITATIONS

Click here for a complete list of accreditations and certifications for all IMR Test Labs locations.

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