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Nickel Iron Bronze Specimen Preparation

Metallographic etchant database

Nickel-iron bronze is a relatively harder bronze with microstructural preparation for this material being relatively straight forward.

SECTIONING
MAXCUT Abrasive blade (MAX-C or MAX-I series)

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

POLISHING

Abrasive/surface

Lubricant

Force/ sample

Speed
(Head/base)

Time

240 grit SiC paper
360 grit SiC paper
600 grit SiC paper
800 grit SiC paper
1200 grit SiC paper

Water

5-10 lbs

200/200 rpm

Until plane
1 minute
1 minute
1 minute
1 minute

6 um DIAMAT diamond on TEXPAN polishing pad DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

200/200 rpm

2 minutes

1 um DIAMAT diamond on GOLDPAD polishing pad

DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

200/200 rpm

2 minutes

0.05 um Nanometer alumina on NAPPAD polishing pad

 

5-10 lbs

100/100 rpm

1 minute


Metallographic micrograph of Nickel Iron Bronze

Nickel-Iron Bronze, 1000X B.F. (etchant H2O2 / NH4OH)

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