Bend Strength: The maximum bending load (strictly speaking stress) that can be applied to the material before it breaks.
Compression Strength: The maximum compressive load (strictly speaking stress) that can be applied to the material before it crumbles.
Fracture Toughness: The toughness of a material, in simplest terms, can be described as the load (per unit area) required to initiate a crack when this load is applied to a surface. In this sense glass is not as tough as wood. A measure of the fracture toughness of a material is the Critical Stress Intensity Factor (K1c). It is calculated from crack lengths derived from the Vickers Hardness test and is a good approximation of the bend strength of a material. The usual bend strength test (e.g. SENB) is more elaborate and tedious to perform.
Hardness: The hardness of a material, in simplest terms, can be described as its ability to resist denting (or deformation), in the sense that stone is felt to be harder than wood when pressed. The Vickers Hardness (Hv) is one common measure of this property of a material. Other measures include the Knoop and the Rockwell Hardness.
Wear-resistance: The wear-resistance of a solid is broadly defined as the progressive removal of material from its surface under operational conditions. The abrasive wear-resistance of a material is related to its hardness, its fracture toughness and its elastic modulus (reference 9). Simply put, the harder the material, the more wear-resistant it is and the longer it would last under operational conditions.
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