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ASM Handbook

Metallography and Microstructures

Edited by
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
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ASM International
Volume
9
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-177-1
Publication date:
2004
Book Chapter

Metallographic Techniques for Tool Steels

By
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
Buehler Ltd.
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Published:
2004
Page range:
644 - 669
Publication history
December 01, 2004

Abstract

Tool steels are prepared for metallographic examination in the same way as carbon steels with a few variations owing to hardness and alloying differences. This article explains what makes tool steels different and how to compensate for it when sectioning, mounting, grinding, polishing, and etching. It provides information and data on composition, hot working, austenitizing, tempering, and powder metal manufacturing and explains how it affects tool steel microstructure, using more than 100 detailed images.

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George F. Vander Voort, 2004. "Metallographic Techniques for Tool Steels", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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