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KEY COMPARISON - Instrumented Charpy tests on low- and high-energy specimens



Enrico Lucon, Renato Reis Machado


This report describes a CIPM Key Comparison through the SIM/MWG-7 organization, concerning instrumented impact testing of low-energy (20 J) and high-energy (100 J) Charpy V-notch specimens. In this Comparison, various instrumented and non-instrumented data were obtained from instrumented Charpy tests performed at the pilot (NIST) and participant (INMETRO) laboratories using the same instrumented Charpy striker and acquisition system. The use of instrumented absorbed energy (Wt), rather than absorbed energy yielded by the impact machine encoder or dial gage (KV), guarantees traceability to the International System and offers the promise of reducing bias between NMIs and simplifying comparisons between certification systems. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCM, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).


Absorbed energy, Charpy, instrumented impact test, Key Comparison.


Lucon, E. and Reis Machado, R. (2022), KEY COMPARISON - Instrumented Charpy tests on low- and high-energy specimens, Metrologia, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created February 18, 2022, Updated November 29, 2022