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Essentials of Microhardness Testing – Vickers and Knoop Hardness Tests Hardness test procedures make use of an indenter probe that is displaced into a surface under a particular load. The indentation normally comes with a defined dwell time. Traditional mechanical testing requires the measurement of the indentation’s size or depth in order to determine hardness. Hardness testing comes in two ranges: macrohardness and microhardness. Macrohardness includes testing with an applied load above 1 kg or around 10 Newton (N). With applied loads less than 10 N, microhardness testing is usually used for thin specimens, plated surfaces, thin films or smaller samples. The two most popular microhardness testing techniques used nowadays are Vickers and Knoop hardness tests. For more exact and repeatable results, microhardness testing has to be responsible for the effects of sample preparation, size and environment. Samples should be perpendicular to the indenter tip and fit in the sample stage. A very rough surface may decrease the accuracy of indentation data; an established method for polishing samples is best to use. It is important that the microhardness tester be isolated from vibrations. For samples having several phases or grain size variations, statistical data will be required. Vickers Hardness
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In the Vickers hardness test, a Vickers indenter will be pressed against a surface at a pre-defined force held for about 10 seconds. With the indentation complete, the resulting indent will be scrutinized optically to measure the lengths of the diagonals, which will be used for determining the impression’s size.
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There is, in the lower range of the applied load, some degree of operator bias that must be expected using this method. Based on ASTM E384-11, indentation diagonals have to be above 17 microns in length. For coated samples, this test will not apply for coating thicknesses not reaching 60 microns. 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 Similar to the Vickers hardness test is the Knoop hardness test, another microhardness technique. The method requires a Knoop indenter pushing against a surface as a way to measure hardness. However, being more elongated or rectangular, the Knoop indenter is shaped uniquely from a Vickers indenter for microhardness, or a Berkovich indenter for nanoindentation. The Knoop hardness test method, which demands a painstaking sample preparation process, is normally used on lighter loads for microhardness testing. Knoop hardness testing is done on samples requiring indentations to be close together, or on the tip of a sample, both being benefitted by the different probe shape. An assigned load will be used applied for a particular dwell time. Unlike the Vickers hardness method, the Knoop test method solely uses the long axis. Making use of a chart, the resulting indentation measurements will then be converted to a Knoop hardness number.