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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

Metallography and Microstructures of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels[1]

By
Bruce L. Bramfitt
Bruce L. Bramfitt
International Steel Group, Inc.
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Samuel J. Lawrence
Samuel J. Lawrence
International Steel Group, Inc.
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Published:
2004
Page range:
608 - 626
Publication history
November 01, 2004

Abstract

This article describes the microstructure and metallographic practices used for medium- to high-carbon steels as well as for low-alloy steels. It explains the microstructural constituents of plain carbon and low-alloy steels, including ferrite, pearlite, and cementite. The article provides information on how to reveal the various constituents using proven metallographic procedures for both macrostructural and microstructural examination. Emphasis is placed on the specimen preparation procedures such as sectioning, mounting, grinding, and polishing. The article illustrates the use of proven etching techniques for plain carbon and low-alloy steels.

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Bruce L. Bramfitt, Samuel J. Lawrence, 2004. "Metallography and Microstructures of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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