Knoop hardness test usually refers to static indentations made with loads not exceeding 1 kgf. The indenter is Knoop elongated diamond pyramid.
The procedure for testing is very similar to that of the standard Vickers hardness test, except that it is done on a microscopic scale with higher precision instruments.
The surface being tested generally requires a metallographic finish; the smaller the load used, the higher the surface finish required. Precision microscopes are used to measure the indentations; these usually have a magnification of around 500X and measure to an accuracy of +0.5 micrometers. Also with the same observer differences of +0.2 micrometers can usually be resolved. It should, however, be added that considerable care and experience are necessary to obtain this accuracy.
Knoop Hardness Indenter Indentation
The Knoop hardness number KHN is the ratio of the load applied to the indenter, P (kgf) to the unrecovered projected area A (mm2)
KHN = F/A = P/CL2
F = applied load in kgf
A = the unrecovered projected area of the indentation in mm2
L = measured length of long diagonal of indentation in mm
C = 0.07028 = Constant of indenter relating projected area of the indentation to the square of the length of the long diagonal.
The Knoop indenter is a diamond ground to pyramidal form that produces a diamond shaped indentation having approximate ratio between long and short diagonals of 7:1. The depth of indentation is about 1/30 of its length. When measuring the Knoop hardness, only the longest diagonal of the indentation is measured and this is used in the above formula with the load used to calculate KHN. Tables of these values are usually a more convenient way to look-up KHN values from the measurements.
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