Mounting of Specimens
Mounting of the specimen is often desirable or necessary for handling and metallographic polishing after the specimen is cut into an appropriate size. This article illustrates the different mechanical clamps used in mounting small specimens. It provides useful information on compression molded mounts, which are molded with thermoplastic and thermosetting resins. The article reviews several resins and their key factors, which help in the selection of the most appropriate mounting method and resin. It also discusses the characteristics of plastic mounting materials. The article provides information on the molds and resins used for castable mounts, vacuum treatment of mounts, special mount arrangements, and mount marking and storage.