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Historical Background and Development of the Charpy Test



L Toth, H P. Rossmanith, Thomas A. Siewert


The impact test method based on a pendulum, generally called the Charpy test, is one of the more cost-effective material testing procedures, both with respect to acceptance of products and to surveillance. This contribution attempts to present a brief historical review about the general development of material testing, starting at the beginning of the intense industrialisation in the second half of the 19th century, and tries to point out the role and the position of impact testing during this period. Several periods in the evolution of impact pendulum based testing are discussed in detail.
Charpy Cententary Conference


charpy impact testing, history of material testing, instrumented impact testing, pendulum impact


Toth, L. , Rossmanith, H. and Siewert, T. (2002), Historical Background and Development of the Charpy Test, Charpy Cententary Conference (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created December 31, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021