Definition of Brinell hardness test in English:

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Brinell hardness test

Pronunciation: /briˌnel ˈhärdnis ˌtest/

Entry from US English dictionary


A test to determine the hardness of metals and alloys by hydraulically pressing a steel ball into the metal and measuring the resulting indentation.
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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