Can anyone give me the recipe for Rucker's reagent? I saw an instance
of it in a failure analysis case study that said it would outline
temper embrittled grain boundaries in alloy steels. Has anyone used
this successfully? Unfortunately, I can't find the recipe in the ASM
The recipe is from George Vander Voort's book "Metallography:
Principles and Practice, ASM International, 1999. See page 641
(Appendix I) and the text on pages 216-220
"Etch of Rucker for revealing temper embrittlement. Mix solutions a
and b, shake solution, store in a tightly stoppered bottle for at least
12 h. Carefully pour off top layer and dilute with one-half volume
ether. Etch 1-15 min. Grain boundaries not revealed in deembrittled
6g picric acid
150 mL water
10 mL zephiran chloride
300 mL purified ethyl ether"
Obviously this should be done in a no smoking lab with very adequate
ventilation. Do not try this at home!
Revealing boundaries that aren't really there anymore is excellent
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