Low-Load Vickers Microindentation Hardness Testing

 In 1925 in the UK, Smith and Sandland developed an indentation test that used a squarebased pyramidal-shaped indenter made of diamond[1]. The test was developed because the Brinell test (introduced in 1900), which (until recently) used a round hardened steel ball indenter, could not test steels harder than ~450 HB (~48 HRC). They chose this shape with an angle of 136° between opposite faces to obtain hardness numbers that would be as close as possible to Brinell hardness numbers for the same specimens over the usable Brinell range. This made the Vickers test easy to adopt, and it rapidly gained acceptance. The Vickers test has the great advantage of one hardness scale being used to test all materials, unlike the 30 different Rockwell test scales, each yielding numbers between ~20 and ~100.

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resourcesThe articles and presentations that can be down-loaded from this web site are based upon work done by GFV while employed at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1983), Carpenter Technology (1983-1996), Buehler Ltd. (1996-2009) and Struers (2009-Present) and from the authors consulting work for companies such as, Latrobe Steel, Scot Forge, etc., and from his litigation work. GFV's bylined articles appearing in various issues of the ASM Handbook series have been listed here courtesy of ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio.

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