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1.1 This test method covers the hardness testing of cemented carbides by use of the Rockwell hardness tester with the Rockwell A scale (diamond indenter and 588.4 N (60 kgf) load) in the range of Rockwell A80 and above. Also covered are the procedures for the testing and selection of diamond indenters, the management and traceability of the four levels of standard test blocks, the acquisition of secondary standard test blocks, and the making and calibration of working standard test blocks.
1.2 The Rockwell hardness tester is a convenient and reliable means of measuring the hardness of cemented carbides. A hardness value is obtained easily, but it is subject to considerable error unless certain precautions are observed.
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1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
ICS Number Code 77.040.10 (Mechanical testing of metals)
ASTM B294-92(2006)e1, Standard Test Method for Hardness Testing of Cemented Carbides, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.orgBack to Top