I was wondering if anyone in this group could point me in the direction of a
resource that could tell me a bit about the factors that affect the surface
preparation of alloy samples for optical microscopy. For example, the type
of polishing cloth, the force exerted on the sample during polishing, the
type of lubrication, etc. Most preferable would be a book and author
Easily done! How about "Metallographic Polishing by Mechanical
Methods" by L. E. Samuels, 4th edition, ASM International, 2003.
Check the website at www.asm-intl.org, click on Bookstore and you will
find a section on Metallography. You might want to start with the ASM
Handbook (also known as Metals Handbook) volume on Metallography.
Also check the web sites for equipment suppliers like Buehler, LECO,
and Struers, and www.metallography.com
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