Rules for Pain-Free Preparation!
Most problems come from excessive damage created during sectioning, therefore – Cut specimens with an abrasive blade designed for metallography using adequate coolant and avoiding excessive pressure to minimize damage!
- If the specimens are not too big, <1-inch (25-mm) in diameter, use a low-speed saw or a precision saw with the appropriate blade.
- These blades are very thin and the damage introduced in sectioning is very low while the surface finish is excellent.
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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.