Hardness Measurements in the Evaluation of Hard Materials

  • C. A. Brookes


The measurement of hardness is probably the most widely applied method of evaluating the mechanical properties of solids. Its usage ranges from techniques of quality control to such fundamental studies as the identification of slip systems. Nevertheless, there are still many aspects which have been neither thoroughly investigated nor properly explained. Consequently, the full potential of hardness measurement, in terms of our understanding of the behaviour of materials and their properties, is far from having been realised. In this paper we shall identify some of the aspects of hardness which are especially relevant to the hardest materials and which would benefit from further research. In particular, we shall be concerned with the implications of anisotropy for our understanding of the effects of varying normal load, temperature, and indentation creep.


Slip System Boron Nitride Normal Load Hardness Measurement Titanium Carbide 
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  • C. A. Brookes
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  1. 1.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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