ASTM E92-16

    Standard Test Methods for Vickers Hardness and Knoop Hardness of Metallic Materials


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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the determination of the Vickers hardness and Knoop hardness of metallic materials by the Vickers and Knoop indentation hardness principles. This standard provides the requirements for Vickers and Knoop hardness machines and the procedures for performing Vickers and Knoop hardness tests.

    1.2 This standard includes additional requirements in annexes:

    Verification of Vickers and Knoop Hardness Testing Machines

    Annex A1

    Vickers and Knoop Hardness Standardizing Machines

    Annex A2

    Standardization of Vickers and Knoop Indenters

    Annex A3

    Standardization of Vickers and Knoop Hardness Test Blocks

    Annex A4

    Correction Factors for Vickers Hardness Tests Made on Spherical and Cylindrical Surfaces

    Annex A5

    1.3 This standard includes nonmandatory information in an appendix which relates to the Vickers and Knoop hardness tests:

    Examples of Procedures for Determining Vickers and Knoop Hardness Uncertainty

    Appendix X1

    1.4 This test method covers Vickers hardness tests made utilizing test forces ranging from 9.807 × 10-3 N to 1176.80 N (1 gf to 120 kgf), and Knoop hardness tests made utilizing test forces from 9.807 × 10-3 N to 19.613 N (1 gf to 2 kgf).

    1.5 Additional information on the procedures and guidance when testing in the microindentation force range (forces 1 kgf) may be found in Test Method E384, Test Method for Microindentation Hardness of Materials.

    1.6 Units—When the Vickers and Knoop hardness tests were developed, the force levels were specified in units of grams-force (gf) and kilograms-force (kgf). This standard specifies the units of force and length in the International System of Units (SI); that is, force in Newtons (N) and length in mm or µm. However, because of the historical precedent and continued common usage, force values in gf and kgf units are provided for information and much of the discussion in this standard as well as the method of reporting the test results refers to these units.

    Note 1: The Vickers and Knoop hardness numbers were originally defined in terms of the test force in kilogram-force (kgf) and the surface area or projected area in millimetres squared (mm2). Today, the hardness numbers are internationally defined in terms of SI units, that is, the test force in Newtons (N). However, in practice, the most commonly used force units are kilogram-force (kgf) and gram-force (gf). When Newton units of force are used, the force must be divided by the conversion factor 9.80665 N/kgf.

    1.7 The test principles, testing procedures, and verification procedures are essentially identical for both the Vickers and Knoop hardness tests. The significant differences between the two tests are the geometries of the respective indenters, the method of calculation of the hardness numbers, and that Vickers hardness may be used at higher force levels than Knoop hardness.

    Note 2: While Committee E28 is primarily concerned with metallic materials, the test procedures described are applicable to other materials. Other materials may require special considerations, for example see C1326 and C1327 for ceramic testing.

    1.8 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

    C1326 Test Method for Knoop Indentation Hardness of Advanced Ceramics

    C1327 Test Method for Vickers Indentation Hardness of Advanced Ceramics

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E74 Practice of Calibration of Force-Measuring Instruments for Verifying the Force Indication of Testing Machines

    E140 Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Hardness, Knoop Hardness, Scleroscope Hardness, and Leeb Hardness

    E175 Terminology of Microscopy

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

    E384 Test Method for Microindentation Hardness of Materials

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.10 (Mechanical testing of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114611(Hardness testers)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E0092-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM E92-16, Standard Test Methods for Vickers Hardness and Knoop Hardness of Metallic Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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