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Copper / Stainless Steel Weld Specimen Preparation

Metallographic etchant database

Copper / stainless steel welds are examined to determine the extent of diffusion of the stainless steel into the copper. This is undesirable because it significantly reduces the electrical conductivity of the copper. The key to polishing copper / stainless weld is to minimize smearing during cutting and initial grinding and to maintain the integrity of the inclusions in both the copper and stainless steel.

MAXCUT Abrasive blade (Cat. No. MAX-C or MAX-I series)

Compression Mounting with Phenolic, Epoxy or Diallyl Phthalate compression mounting resins




Force/ sample



P220 grit ALO paper
P500 grit ALO paper
P1200 grit ALO paper


5-10 lbs

100/100 rpm

Until plane
1 minute
1 minute

1 um DIAMAT diamond on ATLANTIS polishing pad

DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

100/100 rpm

2 minutes

0.05 um Nanometer alumina on NAPPAD polishing pad


5-10 lbs

100/100 rpm

1 minute

Metallographic Specimen Preparation for copper-stainless steel weld

Diffusion of Stainless Steel (gray) into copper, 200X B.F., (as polished)

Metallograhic micrograph of a cracked stainless steel weld

Crack formed in Stainless Steel by welding operation, 200X B.F. (as polished)

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