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A new metallographic procedure for edge retention of enclosed surfaces

Description: Utilization of a low melting point, metallic alloy that on solidification has provided a reproducible means of preserving edges and accurately measuring deposits on surfaces mounted for metarographic study. In normal laboratory practice the electrically conducting mounting material generates no hazardous waste, needs no special equipment to prepare and is available commercially at a relatively reasonable price. Previous standard edge preservation techniques were found to be 90% inefficient from a time utilization view compared with the new procedure. This new mounting procedure has greatly improved the quality and efficiency of microstructural studies of all materials, especially those on the inside diameters of heat exchanger components. These studies have included reaction products, shallow creep cracks and deposits on tubing, for which the procedure has proved indispensable.
Date: August 1, 1994
Creator: Katz, O. M.
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