ASTM E103 - 17

    Standard Practice for Rapid Indentation Hardness Testing of Metallic Materials

    Active Standard ASTM E103 | Developed by Subcommittee: E28.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice is used when it is desired to make Brinell type hardness tests very rapidly on a high volume of samples, as in the inspection of the output of a heat-treating furnace.

    4.2 This practice requires the measurement of indentation depth and eliminates the need to measure the diameter of the indent optically as required in a Brinell hardness test.

    4.3 This practice is not a standard Brinell hardness test method and does not meet the requirements of Test Method E10.

    4.4 Since the test forces and method of display of the depth measurement differ between manufacturers of rapid indentation hardness testing equipment, the test results from equipment from different manufacturers are not comparable.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers a procedure for rapid indentation hardness testing of metallic materials.

    1.2 This practice includes additional requirements in Annex A1 for the direct, indirect, and daily verification of rapid indentation hardness testing machines.

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

    1.4 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.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E10 Test Method for Brinell Hardness of Metallic Materials

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

    ISO Standards


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.10 (Mechanical testing of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E0103-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E103-17, Standard Practice for Rapid Indentation Hardness Testing of Metallic Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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