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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

Color Metallography

By
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
Buehler Ltd.
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Published:
2004
Page range:
493 - 512
Publication history
November 01, 2004

Abstract

This article is a compilation of color etchants that have been developed for a limited number of metals and alloys. It describes the optical methods for producing color, such as polarized light and differential interference contrast, with illustrations. The article discusses film formation and interference techniques such as anodizing, chemical etching, and tint etching. It provides a description of reagents that deposit sulfide films and molybdate films. The article concludes with a discussion on the thermal and vapor deposition methods to produce color.

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