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This chapter instructs the metallographer on the basic skills required to prepare a polished metallographic specimen. It is organized in a chronological sequence starting with the information-gathering process on the material being investigated, then moving on to sectioning, mounting, grinding, and polishing processes, and ending with methods used to properly store metallographic specimens. The discussion covers the preparation procedures, the materials being investigated, and equipment used to perform these procedures.

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2002. "Metallographic Specimen Preparation", Metallographer’s Guide: Practices and Procedures for Irons and Steels, Bruce L. Bramfitt, Arlan O. Benscoter

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