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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

Chemical and Electrolytic Polishing

Published:
2004
Page range:
281 - 293
Publication history
November 01, 2004

Abstract

Metallographic preparation of a material involves the elimination of artifacts or scratches from fine polishing and may be achieved by methods such as attack polishing, vibratory polishing, chemical polishing, electrolytic polishing, and electromechanical polishing. This article discusses the mechanism, operating procedure, advantages, and limitations of chemical and electrolytic polishing of samples for metallographic preparation. It provides information on the specimen preparation, apparatus used, and safety precautions to be followed during the polishing process. The various groups of electrolytes used in electropolishing of several metals and alloys are reviewed. The article concludes with a discussion on local electropolishing.

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2004. "Chemical and Electrolytic Polishing", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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