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Brinell hardness number

noun Metallurgy.
  1. a rating obtained from a test (Brinell test) to determine the hardness of a metal by pressing a steel ball of a standard size into the metal using a standard force. Abbreviation: Bhn
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Origin of Brinell hardness number

named after J.A. Brinell (1849–1925), Swedish engineer
Also called Brinell number.
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British Dictionary definitions for brinell hardness number

Brinell hardness number

  1. a measure of the hardness of a material obtained by pressing a hard steel ball into its surface; it is expressed as the ratio of the load on the ball in kilograms to the area of the depression made by the ball in square millimetres
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Word Origin

C19: named after Johann A. Brinell (1849–1925), Swedish engineer
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