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Microhardness Testing Essentials – Vickers and Knoop Hardness Tests Hardness test systems use an indenter probe which is displaced into a surface under a precise load. The indentation usually has a pre-set dwell time. Traditional mechanical testing requires the measurement of the indentation’s size or depth in order to determine hardness. Macrohardness and microhardness are the two ranges of hardness testing. Macrohardness covers testing that involves an applied load of more than 1 kg or roughly 10 Newton (N). Microhardness testing that has applied loads not reaching 10 N, is often reserved plated surfaces, thin films, smaller samples or thin specimens. The two most popular microhardness testing techniques used nowadays are Vickers and Knoop hardness tests. For greater accuracy and repeatability of results, microhardness testing should account for sample size, environment and preparation effects. Samples should be perpendicular to the indenter tip and fit in the sample stage. A particularly rough surface can diminish the accuracy of indentation data; it is best to use a tested and proven procedure for polishing samples. The microhardness tester must be in complete isolation from vibrations. If samples vary in grain size or have several phases, statistical data is a must. Vickers Hardness
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The Vickers hardness test makes use of a Vickers indenter that is pressed against a surface to a pre-determined force maintained usually for 10 seconds. As soon as the indentation is done, the indent will be checked optically to measure the lengths of the diagonals, which is key to determining the impression’s size.
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A certain degree of operator bias should be in this method, particularly in the applied force’s lower range. The length of indentation diagonals, as per ASTM E384-11, must be more than 17 microns in length. For coated samples with coating thicknesses less than 60 microns, this test does not apply. For various kinds of samples, the contact depth is not the same as the displacement depth because of the surrounding material that gets elastically deflected during indentation. Aside from the above, this effect will also influence accuracy and precision for microhardness data. Knoop Hardness Another microhardness technique is known as the Knoop hardness test, which is similar to the Vickers hardness test. The method requires a Knoop indenter pushing against a surface as a way to measure hardness. However, with its more rectangular or elongated form, the Knoop indenter looks different from a Vickers indenter for microhardness testing or a Berkovich indenter, which is used for nanoindentation. The Knoop hardness test method, which follows a very meticulous sample preparation process, is generally used on lighter loads set for microhardness testing. Knoop hardness testing is used on samples that need indentations to be close together or on the sample’s edge, with both benefitting from the unique probe shape. A particular load is applied for a pre-defined dwell time. Unlike the Vickers hardness method, the Knoop test method solely uses the long axis. Using a chart, the indentation measurements that come out of this are then converted to a Knoop hardness number.