Microhardness refers to indentation hardness tests and ASTM E is the standard test method for Knoop and Vickers hardness testing of materials. Request a. Vickers Hardness Test. 18>. ➢ Brinell/Vickers durometer: ➢ Selectable load. ➢ pyramidal indenter. ➢ optical micrometer. ➢ procedure: ASTM E from 1 to . This standard is issued under the fixed designation E; the number immediately 1 This test method is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee E04 on.

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You can download and open this file to your own computer but DRM prevents opening this file on another computer, including a networked server. In general, the Vickers indenter is better suited for determining bulk average properties as Vickers hardness is not altered by the choice of the test force, from 25 to gf, because the indent geometry is constant awtm a function of indent depth.

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No other units of measurement are included in this standard. Hardness profiles from the surface to the core of a sample allow measurement of effective case depth or depth zstm decarburization. Please first log in with a verified email before subscribing to alerts. ASTM E Microhardness Testing Microhardness tests have been found to be very useful for materials evaluation, quality control of manufacturing processes and research and development efforts.


High surface hardness will give good wear resistance but a softer core is normally required to preserve ductility impact strength. ASTM E is a method of measuring micro-hardness by pushing a pyramid shaped diamond indenter into a metal and then measuring the size of the indent using a microscope.

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ASTM E384 Microhardness Testing

Material testing you can trust since Due to its rhombic shape, the indentation depth is shallower for a Knoop indentation compared to a Vickers indentation under identical test conditions. This standard is also available to be included in Standards Subscriptions. Vickers tests at gf can be utilized for determination of the bulk hardness, but, as for any hardness test, it is recommended that a number of indents are made and the average and standard deviation are calculated, as needed or as required.

Samples less than 0. Already Subscribed to this document. Advanced Plastic and Material Testing, Inc. These variations may be intentional, such as produced by localized surface hardening, for example, from shot blasting, cold drawing, flame hardening, induction hardening, etc. While Committee E04 is primarily concerned with metals, the test procedures described are applicable to other materials.

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ASTM E – Standard Test Method for Microindentation Hardness of Materials

The success of the specimen preparation procedure in removing preparation-induced damage can, and will, influence test results; this problem becomes more critical as the test force decreases. The Vickers indenter usually produces a geometrically similar indentation at all test forces. The sample must be polished to a mirror finish and is usually cross sectioned and mounted ASTM Aetm in epoxy prior to testing. Measuring hardness close to the edges of work pieces for anomalies.


Because of the large difference between the long and short Knoop diagonals, the Knoop indenter is often better suited for determining variations of hardness over very small distances compared to the Vickers indenter.

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Usually the sample is cross sectioned, mounted ASTM E3 in epoxy, and polished to a mirror finish before testing. Knoop micro-hardness is used to measure the hardness of areas as small as 0.

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Test forces in the upper range of the force range defined in 1.