Definition of Brinell hardness test in English:

Brinell hardness test

Syllabification: Bri·nell hard·ness test
Pronunciation: /briˌnel ˈhärdnis ˌtest


A test to determine the hardness of metals and alloys by hydraulically pressing a steel ball into the metal and measuring the resulting indentation.
More example sentences
  • In heat treating, one determines the hardness of pieces of metal by the Brinell hardness test.
  • Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Brinell hardness tests were carried out.
  • The machine permits highly accurate Brinell hardness tests to be carried out on parts with different dimensions.


named for Johan August Brinell (1849–1925), Swedish engineer.

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