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Metal, Plastic, Rubber, Ceramic Hardness Testing Scales per ASTM
- Reference Information and Standards -

These are the main material-based hardness testing standards avaialble from ASTM. If your company is testing specific types of parts there are also specifications written for testing components like screws, nails, etc.


  • E-140-07 Conversion Tables
  • E18-08b Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials
  • E10-10 Brinell Hardness of Metallic Materials
  • E384-11 Knoop and Vickers Hardness of Materials
  • A1038-10a Portable Hardness Testing by the Ultrasonic Contact Impedance Method
  • E448/-82 (2008) Standard Practice for Scleroscope Hardness Testing of Metallic Materials
  • B294-10 Hardness Testing of Cemented Carbides
  • A956-06 Leeb Hardness Testing of Steel Products
  • A833-08a Standard Practice for Indentation Hardness of Metallic Materials by Comparison Hardness Testers
  • D1474-98(2008) Standard Test Methods for Indentation Hardness of Organic Coatings
  • D2134-93(2007) Standard Test Method for Determining the Hardness of Organic Coatings with a Sward-Type Hardness Rocker
  • C1327 - 08 Standard Test Method for Vickers Indentation Hardness of Advanced Ceramics
  • D785-08 Standard Test Method for Rockwell Hardness of Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
  • C1326-08e1 Standard Test Method for Knoop Indentation Hardness of Advanced Ceramics
  • E110-10 Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Metallic Materials by Portable Hardness Testers
  • B647-10 Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Aluminum Alloys by Means of a Webster Hardness Gage
  • D2240-05(2010) Standard Test Method for Rubber PropertyDurometer Hardness
  • B933-09 Standard Test Method for Microindentation Hardness of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Materials
  • B934-10 Standard Test Method for Effective Case Depth of Ferrous Powder Metallurgy (PM) Parts Using Microindentation Hardness Measurements
  • C748-98(2010)e1 Standard Test Method for Rockwell Hardness of Graphite Materials
  • F1957-99(2011) Standard Test Method for Composite Foam Hardness-Durometer Hardness
  • B724-00(2006) Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Aluminum Alloys by Means of a Newage, Portable, Non-Caliper-Type Instrument
  • D3363-05(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for Film Hardness by Pencil Test
  • C730-98(2008) Standard Test Method for Knoop Indentation Hardness of Glass
  • G171-03(2009)e2 Standard Test Method for Scratch Hardness of Materials Using a Diamond Stylus
  • D3802-10 Standard Test Method for Ball-Pan Hardness of Activated Carbon
  • C849-88(2011) Standard Test Method for Knoop Indentation Hardness of Ceramic Whitewares
  • D1415-06 Standard Test Method for Rubber PropertyInternational Hardness
  • D7735-11 Standard Test Method for Type A Durometer Hardness Testing of Road Marking Thermoplastic at Elevated Temperatures
  • B277-95(2006) Standard Test Method for Hardness of Electrical Contact Materials
  • D2583-07 Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Rigid Plastics by Means of a Barcol Impressor
  • F1151-88(2008) Standard Test Method for Determining Variations in Hardness of Film Ribbon Pancakes
  • D5230-10 Standard Test Method for Carbon BlackAutomated Individual Pellet Hardness
  • D3313-05a Standard Test Method for Carbon BlackIndividual Pellet Hardness
  • C886-98(2010)e1 Standard Test Method for Scleroscope Hardness Testing of Carbon and Graphite Materials
  • C661-06(2011) Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Elastomeric-Type Sealants by Means of a Durometer
  • B648-10 Standard Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Aluminum Alloys by Means of a Barcol Impressor
  • A1058 - 09 Standard Test Methods for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products - Metric
  • E1077-01(2005) Standard Test Methods for Estimating the Depth of Decarburization of Steel Specimens
  • B578-87(2009) Standard Test Method for Microhardness of Electroplated Coatings
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    Rockwell Hardness Chart (plus a PDF)
    (aka Hardness Scale Conversion Chart)

    Round Correction Factor
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    ASTM Hardness Test Methods
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    Brinell Hardness Chart (plus a PDF)

    Rockwell Hardness Testing
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    Microhardness Testing


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