Hardness Testing

Provided by: ToolingU

This class presents a description of each hardness testing method, along with discussions on how to choose and perform a test, how to read hardness ratings, and how to prevent common errors. Hardness tests ensure that raw, in-process, and finished materials have the correct mechanical properties. There are many different testing methods depending on the type of material, the work environment, and the desired accuracy of the reading. This course will prepare new and practicing manufacturers to choose and conduct different hardness tests by introducing them to popular methods used in the industry.

Course Objectives:

  • Define hardness
  • Distinguish between the main types of hardness testing methods
  • Define Rockwell hardness testing
  • Describe Rockwell hardness testing
  • Identify Rockwell hardness notation
  • Describe Superficial Rockwell hardness testing
  • Define Brinell hardness testing
  • Describe Brinell hardness testing
  • Identify Brinell notation
  • Describe Vickers hardness testing
  • Identify Vickers hardness notation
  • Describe microhardness testing
  • Describe Knoop hardness testing
  • Identify Knoop hardness notation
  • Describe ultrasonic microhardness testing
  • Describe rebound testing methods
  • Describe Leeb hardness testing
  • Describe Shore hardness testing
  • Describe the conversion of hardness data
  • Describe common sources of error in hardness testing.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing / Material Engineers.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Metal Testing

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3.5 hrs



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