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Hardness testing

Rockwell
Vickers
Brinell and Universal
ISO 6508 / ASTM E 18 ISO 6507 / ASTM E 384 ISO 6506 / ASTM E 10

minimum thickness:

token

indenter

pre-force [N]

total-load [N]

scale range

HRC

diamond cone

98.07

1471

2070 HRC

HRD

diamond cone

98.07

980.7

4077 HRD

HRA

diamond cone

98.07

588.4

6095 HRA

HRG

1/16" HM-ball

98.07

1471

3094 HRG

HRB

1/16" HM-ball

98.07

980.7

10100 HRB

HRF

1/16" HM-ball

98.07

588.4

60100 HRF

HRK

1/8" HM-ball

98.07

1471

40100 HRK

HRE

1/8" HM-ball

98.07

980.7

70100 HRE

HRH

1/8" HM-ball

98.07

588.4

80100 HRH

HR15N

diamond cone

29.42

147.1

7094 HR15N

HR30N

diamond cone

29.42

294.2

4286 HR30N

HR45N

diamond cone

29.42

441.3

2077 HR45N

HR15T

1/16" HM-ball

29.42

147.1

6793 HR15T

HR30T

1/16" HM-ball

29.42

294.2

2982 HR30T

HR45T

1/16" HM-ball

29.42

441.3

1072 HR45T

10h (cone)

1.5d (ball)

Conversion of hardness to hardness and hardness to tensile strenght for unalloyed and
low-alloy steels and cast iron (extract of ISO 18265 table A.1)
HRB

minimum specimen thickness:

Measurement
Measurement
Position
position

(d : h 7 : 1)

Definition
HB = 0.102 F/A
= 0.102 2F/ ( D(D-D-d))
F ... Test load in N
A ... Indentation surface in mm
D ... ball indentor dia. in mm
d ... arithmetic average from two
measured indentation

HB

Rm

HRA
62.4
62.0
61.6
61.2
60.7

HR15N
77.4
76.8
76.2
75.6
74.9
74.6
74.2
73.8
73.4
73.0
72.6
72.1

HR30N
54.4
53.6
52.3
51.3
50.2
49.7
49.0
48.4
47.8
47.2
46.4
45.7

HR45N
36.5
35.2
33.9
32.5
31.1
30.4
29.5
28.7
27.9
27.1
26.2
25.2

HV
340.0
330.0
320.0
310.0
300.0
295.0
290.0
285.0
280.0
275.0
270.0
265.0

HB
323.0
313.0
304.0
294.0
285.0
280.0
275.0
271.0
266.0
261.0
256.0
252.0

Rm
1095.0
1060.0
1030.0
995.0
965.0
950.0
930.0
915.0
900.0
880.0
865.0
850.0

HRC
24.0
23.1
22.2
21.3
20.3

HRD
43.1
42.2
41.7
41.1
40.3

HR15T

HR30T

HR45T

93.0
92.8
92.5
92.3
92.1
91.9
91.7
91.5
91.2
90.9
90.6
90.3
90.0
89.6
89.3
89.0
88.5
88.0
87.5
87.0
86.5
86.0
85.5
85.0
84.5
83.8
83.0
82.2
81.5
80.8
80.0
79.0
77.5
76.0
74.0

82.0
81.6
81.3
81.0
80.6
80.2
79.7
79.2
78.5
78.0
77.5
77.0
76.4
75.8
75.2
74.6
74.0
73.5
72.5
71.2
70.0
69.0
68.0
67.0
65.5
64.0
62.5
61.5
59.5
58.0
56.0
53.5
51.0
48.5
43.5

72.0
71.5
70.8
70.0
69.4
68.7
68.0
67.0
66.0
65.5
64.5
63.5
62.5
61.5
60.4
59.3
58.6
58.0
56.4
54.7
53.0
51.0
50.0
48.5
46.5
44.5
42.5
40.5
38.0
35.5
32.0
29.0
25.0
20.5
13.5

HV
260.0
255.0
250.0
245.0
240.0
235.0
230.0
225.0
220.0
215.0
210.0
205.0
200.0
195.0
190.0
185.0
180.0
175.0
170.0
165.0
160.0
155.0
150.0
145.0
140.0
135.0
130.0
125.0
120.0
115.0
110.0
105.0
100.0
95.0
90.0
85.0
80.0

HB
247.0
242.0
237.0
233.0
228.0
223.0
219.0
214.0
209.0
204.0
199.0
195.0
190.0
185.0
181.0
176.0
171.0
166.0
162.0
156.0
152.0
147.0
143.0
138.0
133.0
128.0
124.0
119.0
114.0
109.0
105.0
100.0
95.0
90.0
85.0
81.0
76.0

Rm
835.0
820.0
800.0
785.0
770.0
755.0
740.0
720.0
705.0
690.0
675.0
660.0
640.0
625.0
610.0
595.0
575.0
560.0
545.0
530.0
510.0
495.0
480.0
465.0
450.0
430.0
415.0
400.0
385.0
370.0
350.0
335.0
320.0
305.0
285.0
270.0
255.0

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Minimum Thickness Requirements

minimum specimen thickness (mm)


for Brinell

D=1
0.08
0.18
0.33
0.54
0.80

3.4
3.2
3.0
2.8
2.6
2.4
2.2
2.0

D=2.5

0.29
0.40
0.53
0.67
0.83
1.02
1.23
1.46
1.72
2.00

1.8

Ro

1.6

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1.4

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Intelligent Testing

HRB
101.0
100.0
99.5
98.8
98.1
97.4
96.7
96.0
95.0
94.0
93.5
92.5
91.5
90.5
89.5
88.3
87.1
86.0
85.0
83.2
81.7
80.2
78.7
76.8
75.0
73.0
71.2
69.0
66.7
64.5
62.3
59.3
56.2
52.0
48.0
41.0

HRD
51.1
50.2
49.4
48.4
47.5
47.1
46.5
46.0
45.3
44.9
44.3
43.7

tc

2180.0
2145.0
2105.0
2070.0
2030.0
1995.0
1955.0
1920.0
1880.0
1845.0
1810.0
1775.0
1740.0
1700.0
1665.0
1630.0
1595.0
1555.0
1520.0
1485.0
1455.0
1420.0
1385.0
1350.0
1320.0
1290.0
1255.0
1220.0
1190.0
1155.0
1125.0

105.0
104.5
104.0
103.0
102.0
101.5

HRC
34.4
33.3
32.2
31.0
29.8
29.2
28.5
27.8
27.1
26.4
25.6
24.8

,e
RF

618.0
608.0
599.0
589.0
580.0
570.0
561.0
551.0
542.0
532.0
523.0
513.0
504.0
494.0
485.0
475.0
466.0
456.0
447.0
437.0
428.0
418.0
408.0
399.0
389.0
380.0
370.0
361.0
351.0
342.0
332.0

HRB

H
B,

HV
940.0
920.0
900.0
880.0
860.0
840.0
820.0
800.0
780.0
760.0
740.0
720.0
700.0
690.0
680.0
670.0
660.0
650.0
640.0
630.0
620.0
610.0
600.0
590.0
580.0
570.0
560.0
550.0
540.0
530.0
520.0
510.0
500.0
490.0
480.0
470.0
460.0
450.0
440.0
430.0
420.0
410.0
400.0
390.0
380.0
370.0
360.0
350.0

HRA
67.6
67.0
66.4
65.8
65.2
64.8
64.5
64.2
63.8
63.5
63.1
62.7

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3d

minimum specimen thickness:

HR

HR45N
75.4
74.8
74.2
73.6
73.1
72.2
71.8
71.0
70.2
69.4
68.6
67.7
66.7
66.2
65.7
65.3
64.7
64.1
63.5
63.0
62.4
61.7
61.2
60.5
59.9
59.3
58.6
57.8
57.0
56.2
55.6
54.7
53.9
53.1
52.2
51.3
50.4
49.4
48.4
47.4
46.4
45.3
44.1
42.9
41.7
40.4
39.1
37.8

Loading
position
position

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les
ca

HR30N
84.4
84.0
83.6
83.1
82.7
82.2
81.7
81.1
80.4
79.7
79.1
78.4
77.6
77.2
76.8
76.4
75.9
75.5
75.1
74.6
74.2
73.6
73.2
72.7
72.1
71.7
71.2
70.5
70.0
69.5
69.0
68.3
67.7
67.1
66.4
65.7
64.9
64.3
63.5
62.7
61.9
61.1
60.2
59.3
58.4
57.4
56.4
55.4

6d

ll S
Ba

HR15N
93.2
93.0
92.9
92.7
92.5
92.3
92.1
91.8
91.5
91.2
91.0
90.7
90.3
90.1
89.8
89.7
89.5
89.2
89.0
88.8
88.5
88.2
88.0
87.8
87.5
87.2
86.9
86.6
86.3
86.0
85.7
85.4
85.0
84.7
84.3
83.9
83.6
83.2
82.8
82.3
81.8
81.4
80.8
80.3
79.8
79.2
78.6
78.0

ell

HRD
76.9
76.5
76.1
75.7
75.3
74.8
74.3
73.8
73.3
72.6
72.1
71.5
70.8
70.5
70.1
69.8
69.4
69.0
68.7
68.3
67.9
67.5
67.0
66.7
66.2
65.8
65.4
64.8
64.4
63.9
63.5
62.9
62.2
61.6
61.3
60.7
60.1
59.4
58.8
58.2
57.5
56.8
56.0
55.3
54.4
53.6
52.8
51.9

3d

kw

HRC
68.0
67.5
67.0
66.4
65.9
65.3
64.7
64.0
63.3
62.5
61.8
61.0
60.1
59.7
59.2
58.8
58.3
57.8
57.3
56.8
56.3
55.7
55.2
54.7
54.1
53.6
53.0
52.3
51.7
51.1
50.5
49.8
49.1
48.4
47.7
46.9
46.1
45.3
44.5
43.6
42.7
41.8
40.8
39.8
38.8
37.7
36.6
35.5

Measurement
Measurement
position
position

2.5d

c
Ro

HRA
85.6
85.3
85.0
84.7
84.4
84.1
83.8
83.4
83.0
82.6
82.2
81.8
81.3
81.1
80.8
80.6
80.3
80.0
79.8
79.5
79.2
78.9
78.6
78.4
78.0
77.8
77.4
77.0
76.7
76.4
76.1
75.7
75.3
74.9
74.5
74.1
73.6
73.3
73.0
72.3
71.8
71.4
70.8
70.3
69.8
69.2
68.7
68.1

Definition
HV = 0.102 F/A
= 0.1891 F/d
F ... Test load in N
A ... Indentation surface in mm
d ... Arithmetic average value of
the diagonal lengths in mm

Loading
Loading
position
position

(steel, copper)


(light metal)

ock

0.58
0.69
0.80
0.92
1.05
1.19
1.34
1.50
1.67
2.04
2.46
2.92
3.43
4.00

HR

C,

wel

0.4

A,

D=5

et

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c.)

ales

average indentation
diameter

D=10

1.17
1.38
1.60
1.84
2.10
2.68
3.34
4.08
4.91
5.83
6.86
8.00

d (mm)
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
3.0
3.2
3.6
4.0
4.4
4.8
5.2
5.6
6.0

0.2
0
0

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

90

100

110

120

130

Hardness
The above graphs are based on the internationally accepted recommendation that specifies a minimum thickness, not less than ten times (fifteen times) the depth indentation using a cone indenter (ball indenter). It is also
recommended that the indentation causes no visible mark or deformation on the under surface of the test piece.

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(HR...N/T)

3d

8h

6 mm

indentation distances:

2.5d

d
1

1 or 2 mm

Minimum Thickness

HR...N,T = 100 - h/0.001

d2

HRG,B,F,K,E,H = 130 - h/0.002

(HRC, D, A)

d2

HRC,D,A = 100 - h/0.002

3 mm

ZHU250

Measurement quantity
Brinell hardness HB. Two diameters, at right angles to one another,
of the remaining indentation in the
specimen surface are measured.

1.5d

Measurement
Measurement
position
position

FF

indentation distances:

Loading
position
position

3 mm

ZHU2.5/zwickiLine

Initial
Initial
position
position

Definition
HR = N - h/S
N ... Numerical value (determined
for each Rockwell method)
h ... Remaining indentation depth
in mm
S ... Scale value in mm
This value is the change in indentation depth in mm that corresponds to one Rockwell unit.

ZHV30/zwickiLine

Measurement quantity
Vickers hardness HV.
The lengths of both diagonals of
the remaining test indentation are
measured.

FF

ZHN2.0 Nanoindenter

ZHU250CL

10h

indentation distances:
Measurement quantity
Rockwell hardness HR. The indentation depth h is measured in mm.

FF00

ZHV

FFm
m

ZHV10

ZHR8150SK

F0
0

Reference
Referencelevel
level

ZHR valve testing

ZHV30-s

d
1

ZHR4150AK

ZHV, ZHR
handling system