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Mechanical Testing and Evaluation

Edited by
Howard Kuhn
Howard Kuhn
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Dana Medlin
Dana Medlin
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ASM International
Volume
8
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-176-4
Publication date:
2000
Book Chapter

Introduction to Hardness Testing[1]

By
Gopal Revankar
Gopal Revankar
Deere & Company
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Published:
2000
Page range:
197 - 202

Abstract

Hardness testing is perhaps the simplest and the least expensive method of mechanically characterizing a material. This article provides an overview of the principles of hardness testing. It compares Brinell with Meyer hardness testing and hardness testing of fully cold worked metals with fully annealed metals. The article discusses the plastic deformation of ideal plastic metals under an indenter, by a flat punch, and by spherical indenters. The classification of the hardness tests using various criteria, including type of measurement, magnitude of indentation load, and nature of the test, is also provided.

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Gopal Revankar, 2000. "Introduction to Hardness Testing", Mechanical Testing and Evaluation, Howard Kuhn, Dana Medlin

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