Hardness Testing and Analysis
Hardness 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.
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
Durometer Hardness Test/Shore Hardness (A, D, M)
Rockwell Hardness (E, R, L, M) Non-conditioned lab
RELATED HARDNESS TESTING SPECIFICATIONS
ASTM F606 / F606M
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