David Mercier
Ansys Employee

Hi, usually in materials databases provided by Granta products, you can find values for Vickers or Brinell hardness. See an example below for a structural steel.

You have as well several examples/discussions on the forum about indentation:

  • https://forum.ansys.com/forums/topic/indentation-testing-trouble/
  • https://forum.ansys.com/forums/topic/cone-indentation-apdl/
  • https://forum.ansys.com/forums/topic/fe-modelling-of-nano-indentation/

But I agree with Sahil. Hardness is a scale dependent property (nanoindentation vs Vickers indentation???) and it is much more important to know the work hardening law of you steel + well definining contact + mesh.