Metallography or metallographic consumables are specifically formulated to minimize damage or to remove both surface and subsurface damage to the metallographic specimens microstructure. For example, metallographic abrasive blades are designed to break down and expose fresh, sharp abrasives in order to provide cleaner samples with less microstructural damage. Additionally, metallographic grinding papers, especially the finer grit papers are designed to produce better surface finishes as opposed to higher material removal. Metallographic polishing pads are designed to both produce a highly polished surface as well as a high degree of flatness across so the metallographic features will be in the same plane for viewing on metallurgical or metallographic microscopes.
Metallographic Abrasive Blades - These high quality Abrasive Cutting Blades are compatible with competitive metallographic cutters. Special order blades can also be obtained for larger diameter cutting blades (>16-inch).
Metallographic abrasive blade on-line consumables ordering
Metallographic Wafering Blades - PACE Technologies offers diamond wafering blades for cutting extremely brittle microelectronics to extremely hard ceramics. The diamond blades vary in diamond grit size, concentration, and blade size.
Metallographic Compression Mounting Resins are specifically designed for mounting at elevated temperatures and pressures in compression mounting presses. Typical compression mounting resins include thermoplastics (clear acrylics) and thermosetting resins (phenolics, epoxies and diallyl phthalates).
Metallographic Castable Mounting Resins or cold mounting resins are room temperature mounting resins which typically require at least two parts (resin and hardener). Castable mounting is the preferred mounting technique for brittle materials such as microelectronics.
Metallographic Grinding Papers
Metallographic Diamond Disks
Metallographic Composite Disks
Metallographic Lapping films
Metallographic Polishing Pads (with adhesive)
Metallographic Diamond Abrasives - PC diamond
is a synthetic diamond which produces enhanced surface finishes and higher removal rates than Monocrystalline diamond, however, Monocrystalline diamond is more economical. The use of lapping lubricants can help remove grinding swarf, reduce corrosion and extend the life of the diamond.
Metallographic Nanometer alumina is a colliodal alumina produced by a proprietary process which significantly improves the particle size distribution and increases the hardness of the alumina particles. Thus nanometer alumina is the ideal polishing abrasive for a wide range of metals and composites.
Metallographic Collodial silica and CMP slurries are relatively soft abrasives with a high chemical activity. They are ideal chemical mechanical polishing abrasive (CMP). The combination of chemical polishing with mechanical polishing increases polishing rates and improves surface finishes. It is the ideal abrasive for polishing ceramics. Combinations of colloidal silica with the polycrystalline alumina (CMP slurry) or diamond slurries have also been very successful for the intermediate polishing steps for ceramics and ceramic composites.
Metallographic Cleaning - Prior to microstructural examination residual abrasives and lubricants must be removed. Proper cleaning and drying techniques improve the final micrographs and thus improve qualitative and quantitative examination of the specimen surface.
Metallographic testing and Material Science failure analysis and quality control testing are used in industries that require produce reliability such as:
Ceramic Matrix Composites
Metal Matrix Composites
Polymer Matrix Composites
Materials Science Education
Solder Joint analysis
Integrated IC chip failure analysis
Printed Circuit board quality control
Printed Circuit board failure analysis
Dielectric layer coating analysis
Mining Metallurgical Testing Labs
Grain Size Analysis
Flow line stress
Rockwell hardness testing
Superficial hardness testing
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