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Wrought Nickel Alloy Specimen Preparation

Metallographic etchant database

Nickel and nickel superalloys are used mostly for there corrosion and temperature resiliency.

Wrought-nickel alloys are relatively easy to polish by standard metallographic techniques. However, the results can be significantly improved by using finely graded nanometer alpha alumina polishing solutions.

SECTIONING

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

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

POLISHING

Abrasive/surface

Lubricant

Force/ sample

Time

240 grit SiC paper
360 grit SiC paper
600 grit SiC paper

Water

5-10 lbs

Until plane
1 minute
1 minute

9 um DIAMAT diamond on POLYPAD polishing pad

DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

2 minutes

6 um DIAMAT diamond on TEXPAN polishing pad

DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

2 minutes

1 um DIAMAT diamond on GOLDPAD polishing pad

DIALUBE Purple Extender

5-10 lbs

2 minutes

0.05 um Nanometer alumina on TRICOTE polishing pad

 

5-10 lbs

1 minute


Metallographic micrograph of Wrought Nickel

Wrought nickel, 200X (BF), Etchant HCl and H2O2


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