ASTM International has released the new ASTM E10-12, “Standard Test Method for Brinell Hardness of Metallic Materials,” and it’s available now from Document Center Inc. The test is an indentation hardness test that can provide useful information about metallic materials. ASTM E10 provides the requirements for a Brinell testing machine and the procedures for performing Brinell hardness tests.
This information may correlate to tensile strength, wear resistance, ductility, or other physical characteristics of metallic materials, and may be useful in quality control and selection of materials.
Brinell hardness tests are considered satisfactory for acceptance testing of commercial shipments, and have been used extensively in industry for this purpose. However, brinell hardness testing at a specific location on a part may not represent the physical characteristics of the whole part or end product.
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