Microhardness measurement is one of the simplest methods used to determine one of the mechanical properties of a material - the hardness. The pyramid-shaped diamond indentor is pressed into the material by a precisely defined force. The affected area is then measured using a light microscope. A smaller puncture at a given load force corresponds to higher material hardness.
The Qness Q10 device is capable of measuring from 1 g to 10 kg - the hardness obtained by measuring up to 1 kg is referred to as microhardness. The affected area measurement is performed automatically by lenses with magnification from 40x to 650x, autofocus, brightness evaluation, and automatic image processing. Thanks to automatic measurement, microhardness mapping can be performed using a large number of indentations.
Contact: RNDr. Peter Minárik, Ph.D.