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1.1 This test method covers the determination of the microindentation hardness of powder metallurgy (P/M) materials. The test method differs from the approach used for pore-free materials in terms of the precautions required to deal with the porosity.
1.2 A method for converting the directly measured indentation lengths to other hardness scales, for example, HRC is described in Appendix X1.
1.3 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.
B243 Terminology of Powder Metallurgy
E384 Test Method for Knoop and Vickers Hardness of Materials
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
ICS Number Code 77.160 (Powder metallurgy)