Optical Microscopy of Fiber-Reinforced Composites
Chapter 6: Thin-Section Preparation and Transmitted-Light Microscopy
Transmitted-light methods reveal more details of the morphology of fiber-reinforced polymeric composites than are observable using any other available microscopy techniques. This chapter describes the various aspects relating to the selection and preparation of ultrathin-section specimens of fiber-reinforced polymeric composites for examination by transmitted-light microscopy techniques. The preparation steps covered are a selection of the rough section, preparation of the rough section for preliminary mounting, grinding and polishing the primary-mount first surface, mounting the first surface on a glass slide, and preparing the second surface (top surface). The optimization of microscope conditions and analysis of specimens by microscopy techniques are also covered. In addition, examples of composite ultrathin sections that are analyzed using transmitted-light microscopy contrast methods are shown throughout.
Thin-Section Preparation and Transmitted-Light Microscopy, Optical Microscopy of Fiber-Reinforced Composites, By Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, ASM International, 2010, p 115–135, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.omfrc.t53030115
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