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Powder Metallurgy

Edited by
P. Samal
P. Samal
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J. Newkirk
J. Newkirk
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ASM International
Volume
7
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-175-7
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

Ferrous Powder Metallurgy Metallography[1]

By
Thomas F. Murphy
Thomas F. Murphy
Hoeganaes Corp.
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Published:
2015
Page range:
156 - 167
Publication history
August 18, 2015

Abstract

Metallographic analysis is primarily a collection of visual and imaging techniques that provide an insight into the background of a material or part and its behavior. Metallic specimens, both porous and pore-free, are opaque, and as a result, an optical examination must be performed on carefully prepared planar (two-dimensional) surfaces. This article discusses the preparation sequence of ferrous powders, which is normally separated into several well-defined steps: sample selection, sectioning, mounting, grinding, polishing, drying, and chemical etching and/or coating. It provides several suggestions to promote and encourage the safety of those performing metallographic preparation and analysis.

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Thomas F. Murphy, 2015. "Ferrous Powder Metallurgy Metallography", Powder Metallurgy, P. Samal, J. Newkirk

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