What is Hardness: Definition and 49 Discussions

Hardness is a measure of the resistance to localized plastic deformation induced by either mechanical indentation or abrasion. In general, different materials differ in their hardness; for example hard metals such as titanium and beryllium are harder than soft metals such as sodium and metallic tin, or wood and common plastics. Macroscopic hardness is generally characterized by strong intermolecular bonds, but the behavior of solid materials under force is complex; therefore, there are different measurements of hardness: scratch hardness, indentation hardness, and rebound hardness.
Hardness is dependent on ductility, elastic stiffness, plasticity, strain, strength, toughness, viscoelasticity, and viscosity.
Common examples of hard matter are ceramics, concrete, certain metals, and superhard materials, which can be contrasted with soft matter.

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    B Question about stress - strain graph and definition of hardness

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  2. JAG-E

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  3. dovidu

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    Vickers Hardness testing simulation on ANSYS

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    Determination of Ca/Mg in orthophosphate-rich solutions

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  6. B

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    B Measuring Hardness of Substrates in Changed States

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  10. Dannalee Jayvia

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  14. N

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  17. Spinnor

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  20. L

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  21. R

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  23. C

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  24. S

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  27. S

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  29. J

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  30. K

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  32. R

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  33. N

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  34. R

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  37. M

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  38. K

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  39. C

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  41. S

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  43. H

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  45. V

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  46. L

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  47. R

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  48. T

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