The following procedure has been followed:
Keep the specimen on the machine table.
Turn the table upward so that distance between the indenture and specimen will be lessthan 8mm.
Select the HRC scale with the help of touch screen display buttons.
Press the start button, it will automatically go down in the specimen to make theimpression and will display the HRC value.
HRB is used for Copper alloys, soft steels, aluminium alloys, malleable irons, etc.
HRC is used for Steel, hard cast irons, case hardened steel and other materials harderthan 100 HRB
Brinnel Hardness Number (BHN) also can find from this after changing the scale.
Take at least 3 reading and take an average to get the final hardness value.
Copper and Brass has got negative hardness values.
Material Hardness Test used Values of hardness Theoretical Values
Aluminium HRB 62.58 53.91 57.07 57.85 56Mild Steel HRB 91.60 87.76 90.56 89.97 71High Carbon Steel HRB 126.19 126.69 129.24 128.37 155Brass HRC -14.41 -11.13 -4.25 -9.93 2Copper HRC -55.67 -31.48 95.78 2.87 -20