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Metallography and Microstructures

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Quantitative Characterization and Representation of Global Microstructural Geometry

Arun M. Gokhale
Arun M. Gokhale
Georgia Institute of Technology
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428 - 447
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November 01, 2004


The objective of quantitative metallography/stereology is to describe the geometric characteristics of the features. This article discusses the geometric attributes of microstructural features that can be divided into: the numerical extents and the number density of microstructural features; derived microstructural properties; feature specific size, shape, and orientation distributions; and descriptors of microstructural spatial clustering and correlations. It emphasizes on the practical aspects of the measurement techniques and applications. The article also provides information on the quantitative metallographic methods for estimation of volume fraction, total surface area per unit volume, and total length of per unit volume.

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Arun M. Gokhale, 2004. "Quantitative Characterization and Representation of Global Microstructural Geometry", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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