Brinell hardness test

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A method for testing the hardness of a metal. With the Brinell hardness test, a steel ball (one centimeter in diameter) is pressed into the surface of the metal with a standard force. The size of the indentation is measured and compared to tables of hardness numbers provide by the instrument manufacturer.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Brinellhärte Prüfung (Deut.); épreuve de dureté Brinell (Fr.);

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p.940
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997