ASTM B648 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Aluminum Alloys by Means of a Barcol Impressor

    Active Standard ASTM B648 | Developed by Subcommittee: B07.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.02


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    Significance and Use

    The Barcol Impressor is portable and therefore useful for in situ determination of the hardness of fabricated parts and individual test specimens for production control purposes.

    This test method should be used only as cited in applicable material specifications.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of indentation hardness of aluminum alloys using a Barcol Impressor, Model No. 934-1.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.2.1 ExceptionThe values given in parentheses are for information only.

    Note 1—Another model, No. 935, is for use on plastics but is not included in this test method and should not be used for aluminum alloys.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E10 Test Method for Brinell Hardness of Metallic Materials

    E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.120.10 (Aluminium and aluminium alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0648-10

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