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Mapping hardness using automated depth sensing process.

Roebuck, B; Stewart, M; Morrell, R; Gee, M G; Plint, G* (2001) Mapping hardness using automated depth sensing process. Surf. Eng., 17 (6). pp. 447-449.

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Measuring the hardness of materials is a way of quickly assessing their mechanical properties. However, using traditional machines for measuring macro- and microhardness of materials and components with graded compositions, complex components, or inhomgeneous properties is often time consuming and not cost effective. A new test machine developed by the NPL and manufactured under license by Plint and Partners Ltd. offers a fully automated indention process, which allows large areas to be mapped at high speed. Using the principles of depth sensing to aid automation, the scanning indention mechanical microprobe has been successfully used to map the hardness of heat treated, coated and welded components.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Advanced Materials
Advanced Materials > Surface Engineering
Advanced Materials > Mechanical Measurement
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:17
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/2320

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