ASM Course – Advanced Metallographic Techniques – April 14-17, 2014

vander voort asm-courseGeorge Vander Voort is teaching an ASM course on Advanced Metallographic Techniques – April 14-17, 2014

This course is designed to teach the basic and advanced metallographic techniques that will reveal the true microstructural characteristics of a wide range of materials.  The theory and understanding of the proper selection of abrasives, lubricants, equipment, polishing cloths/pads and a basic understanding of chemomechanical polishing will be discussed. The course covers the preparation methods of most metals and alloys, composites, hard metals, ceramics and coatings.

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Students are strongly encouraged to bring samples to class.


  • Anyone who is a materials professional
  • Metallographers
  • Lab technicians


  • Prior metallographic experience


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Properly section, mount and metallographically prepare a wide range of material types
  • Select proper etching solutions that will reveal various characteristics of microstructures in a wide range of materials
  • Evaluate and document characteristics of the materials prepared using image capture and measuring systems


  1. Overview of Modern Specimen Preparation Procedures
  2. Operation of Laboratory Equipment – cutoff machines, mounting presses, electropolisher, automated grinding/polishing machines
  3. Etching and Etchants – chemical, electrolytic, anodizing and color etching, selective etching
  4. Instruction and Practice in Operation of Optical Equipment – metallurgical microscopes, metallographs, cameras for micrographs, polarized light, DIC
  5. Quantitative Measurements – calibration, case depth, plating thickness, grain size, inclusion rating, volume fraction, stereological concepts
  6. Microhardness Measurements – Vickers, Knoop, theory and practice, ASTM E384

3.0 CEUs

The articles and presentations that can be down-loaded from this web site are based upon work done by GFV while employed at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1983), Carpenter Technology (1983-1996), Buehler Ltd. (1996-2009) and Struers (2009-Present) and from the authors consulting work for companies such as, Latrobe Steel, Scot Forge, etc., and from his litigation work. GFV's bylined articles appearing in various issues of the ASM Handbook series have been listed here courtesy of ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio.