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Description: This is an image of Vickers hardness testing process of a material surface. This test uses a pyramid-shaped diamond to indent the surface, the size of the indent being related to the hardness; the softer the material the larger the indentation. The Vickers hardness number, HV, is the force divided by the surface area of the indentation. This is a popular method for both metals and plastics.
Keywords: Vickers • testing • hardness • HV • diamond • indenter • metals • plastics
Categories: Processes > Shaping
Properties > Mechanical & thermal > Hardness
Created by: The Open University
Published by: The Open University
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Date created: 09 August 2010
Date added: 13 December 2010
Resource ID: 3278