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Influence of Anvil Wear on Charpy Test Results – NIST Contribution to an International Study



Enrico Lucon, Raymond L. Santoyo


We investigated the influence of the state of wear of Charpy machine anvils on test results by performing impact tests on NIST specimens of three energy levels with a machine equipped by new anvils (compliant with both ASTM E23 and ISO 148-2) and worn anvils (anvil corner radii and distance outside ASTM tolerances, but within ISO tolerances). The results obtained, statistically analyzed, unequivocally show that worn anvils tend to increase absorbed energy at all energy levels. On the other hand, data variability does not appear to be significantly affected by anvil wear. This study represents NIST contribution to an international effort spearheaded by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Standardization Center (Tokyo, Japan).
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 2089
Report Number


Absorbed energy, ASTM E23, Charpy, ISO 148, machine anvils, span, wear
Created March 31, 2020, Updated May 31, 2020