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The course is designed to provide a thorough theoretical and practical training in the Hardness Testing of materials as required by the provisions of BS EN 4179 and NAS 410 for Level I and Level II Technicians required to undertake Hardness Testing. (Some authorities designate technicians for Hardness Testing as level I while other use level II.)

Appropriate Standards, Procedures, and Specifications of National and International organisations together with those of major Aerospace authorities including Airbus, Boeing, BAe Systems, Westland Helicopter and others are introduced during the course. Fully qualified instructors provide all tuition.

Students are assessed for comprehension and progress during the course, via a structured series of both theoretical and practical phase assessments, which facilitate counselling and assistance where required. On request a formal end of course examination can be conducted.

The course includes but is not limited to:

  • Definition of Hardness, Ways of measuring Hardness
  • Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness
  • Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Rockwell Hardness
  • Equipment and its Calibration, Portable Hardness Testers
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of the various methods
  • Precautions, Inspection and Recording of Results

Lunch, refreshments, and a complete set of course notes will be provided during the course.

NOTE: This course can be combined with the courses on Conductivity and Heat Treatment to provide a comprehensive 2 day course to cover both technologies.