Impact Toughness of Metallic Materials
Name – Gunathilaka R.A.C.K.
ID – EN18405514
Group – 8(D)
Date – 6th September 2018
Date of Submission – 19th September 2018
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Program: SLIIT UGC Course: BSc
Title Impact Toughness of
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Impact Toughness of Metallic Materials
? Study the principles and theories of brittle fracture in mild steels
? Discover the impact toughness of materials with different heat and strengthening treatments
? Analyze obtained experimental data for the selection of engineering materials
Impact toughness is known as the strength of a material. Impact toughness is absorbed energy of a
material after an impact. Energy is measured by Joule. There are two methods of impact tests.
I. Charpy Test
II. Izod Test
Difference between the Charpy and Izod is the position of keeping the specimen on anvil.
This experiment was done through the method of Charpy. A pendulum machine was used for this
experiment. Specimens should be prepared earlier with notching and keeping under different
temperatures. Mechanical properties such as ductility, brittle qualities of a metal specimen can be
examined by results of this impact test. Area under a stress – strain curve of any metal is given the
absorbed energy of an impact testing. This value is directly given by analog indicator of the pendulum
machine without any calculations.
Law of conservation of mechanical energy – Difference between initial potential energy and final
potential energy is equal to the absorbed energy of the metal specimen.
Toughness Reading = mg(h-h/)
5) Materials and apparatus
? A Pendulum Testing Machine
? 3 cuboid shaped mild steel specimens (55mm x 10mm x 10mm)
? A digital thermometer
? A lab refrigerator
? A lab oven
? A Notching Device (Notch Maker)
? Firstly, 3 mild steel specimens were chosen which contained 55mm x 10mm x 10mm
? Secondly, 3 mild steel specimens were machined to cut the V-type notch by using a
? After that, one specimen was kept on the refrigerator; another specimen was kept in an
oven. Remained specimen was kept in the room temperature.
? Next, the scale of the Pendulum Testing Machine was adjusted to the zero point.
? Then, the specimen which in the room temperature was taken and mounted on the anvil
of Pendulum Testing Machine.
? After that, the pendulum was raised and locked up to the ‘preparation’ position.
? Next the pendulum was released and the specimen was broken after the impact.
? The toughness reading was taken by the indicator of the Pendulum Testing Machine.
? Two broken pieces of specimen were picked up and the temperature of the room was
measured by a digital thermometer.
? After that, reading of the toughness was noted in a data sheet.
? Next the specimen which in the refrigerator was taken out by using forceps and the
temperature value inside the refrigerator was read and noted.
? Then the specimen was fitted on the anvil and again the impact test was done to read
the toughness of cold specimen.
? After noting the value of toughness on the data sheet, the hot specimen was taken out
from the oven with reading the value of the inside temperature of the oven at that time.
Forceps was used in this step.
? Again the impact test was done and toughness value was noted in the data sheet.
? Finally, all the data were analyzed to discover the interconnection between temperature
of the specimen and toughness values.
No calculations were needed because all values of toughness were directly given by the dial
gauge of Pendulum Machine.
Temperature Broken or
1 Mild Steel V notch 23 0C Broken 30 J 5-10
2 Mild Steel V notch -37 0C Broken 10 J 0-5
3 Mild Steel V notch 153 0C Broken 54 J 40-45
10.1 Differences of fracture type of different specimen
According to the stress – strain curve of any metal, there are probably two regions which are known as
elastic regions and plastic regions. Fracture point is situated in the plastic region. Area under the curve
is given the toughness of the metal.
In this process a hammer is impacted with the metal specimen and the absorbed energy is indicated by
the dial gauge. At the beginning hammer was fitted at a high position and suddenly it was impacted
with the metal specimen. Initial potential energy was transferred to the kinetic energy. After the impact
value of toughness was taken. In this experiment, friction between the pendulum and the machine was
Interconnection between toughness and the temperature is shown by this graph. This curve is clearly
given by low strength metals such as structured as Body Centered Cubic due to their alloy
composition. According to the graph above, specimen is behaved as a brittle metal at lower
temperatures. The toughness of the metal specimen is increased exponentially at the beginning, but
after that it is behaved as ductile metal. Toughness is increased with a rate of decreasing. Brittle metals
are contained the lowest values for toughness. Otherwise, ductile metals are contained the highest
values for toughness.
Fractures can be occurred as brittle and ductile. Brittle materials such as glass are being fractured
immediately without reach the plastic deformations. However, ductile materials are reached the both
elastic and plastic deformations.
In this experiment V notched specimen was used to get readings for impact toughness. Specimens can
be notched as V shape, square shape or circular shape. Entire experiment was based only on V shaped
notch. Readings of the pendulum machines are given the absorbed energy by the specimen to get
fractured. After the impact of the specimen it must be separated into two parts. Under this condition V
shaped notch is recommended to do this experiment. Shearing waves after the impact on different
notched specimens are differently behaved. In square shaped notch it is contained only 2 sharp edges.
Due to this, square notched specimen can be separated into 3 parts. Circular notched specimen can be
separated into many parts due it’s uncountable sharp edges. This is the reason for use a v notched
specimen to do this experiment.
10.1.1 Under the room temperature
The first specimen of this experiment was kept under the room temperature. That temperature was 23
0C. Specimen was broken after the impact. Reading was 30J. Looking at the side appearance of the
broken pieces, some silver lines were originated along the edges of side view. These silver lines are
explained that the specimen was stretched at a normal length before the fracture.
10.1.2 Under the cold condition
Second specimen was taken out from the lab refrigerator. Inside temperature was -37 0C. As a result of
impact testing the specimen was broken. Reading was 10J. Appearances of broken faces were quite
different from previous ones. Silver lines were not clearly appeared on that. Then it is easy to
understand that the specimen under the cold condition was broken being stretched minimally.
10.1.3 Under the hot condition
Last specimen was taken out from the lab oven with a temperature of 153 0C. Specimen was broken
after the impact testing. Reading was 54J. Bright silver lines were clearly appeared on the broken
faces. Maximum stretch was taken from this specimen.
Under the low temperature, toughness of the mild steel is very low. Under the room temperature,
toughness is at a normal value. Under a high temperature, toughness of mild steel is high. Considering
above results, it is clear to recognize that there is a close connection between toughness of the metal
and the temperature of it.
When the temperature is at a minimum level, toughness of that metal is at a low value. Percent
ductility is also at a low range. Specimen is not stretched along due to this condition.
When the temperature is equal to the room temperature, toughness of the metal is at a normal value.
Percent ductility is stood at an average range. Specimen is stretched more than previous condition.
Silver lines which are surrounded on the broken face showed the visual of the ductility which was
activated on the mild steel specimen.
When the temperature is at a high temperature, toughness of the metal is increased at a high value.
Percent ductility is gone to at high range. Due to the high ductility at that temperature, specimen is
stretched longer than previous two conditions.
10.2 Importance of the impact test
? Impact tests are very important when using materials for a manufacturing ships or any other
craft to certify the ability and affordability. For instance, materials which were selected to
manufacture Titanic was considered only for the normal temperature, but at the cold condition,
ship was biased to break and damage highly because of these facts of ductility and fracture.
? Forging is defined as a manufacturing method of pressing, pounding metal into strong parts.
Forging is done under a high temperature. Metals are heated at to that temperature. Impact test
are done to relieve the malleability of a material in forging industry.
? Rubber is used to manufacture belts, coatings, seals etc. In rubber industry, impact tests are
done to certify the ability of shock absorbing.
? In plastic industry, impact tests are done to verify and analyze the breaking strength of a
product. Specially in automobile industry, impact tests are done to control the quality of
plastics which are used in their products. Furthermore, impact tests are tested to the polymers
to determine the resistance against to the fracture.
Impact test is an important test in metallography. Specially in manufacturing field, impact tests are
done to certify the quality of the manufacturing product. Ductility and the brittleness are affected by
the temperature of the metal specimen. Above results are witnessed this statement.
? Charpy impact test and its application
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? Impact test on metals
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? Charpy impact test of cold formed and hot rolled steels under diverse temperature
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