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This guide covers the definition and rating of the microstructure of carbide structures in annealed high carbon bearing steels. Requirements for the optical metallograph apparatus and specimen preparation including polishing and etching are detailed. The description of the reference photomicrographs (graded illustrations of annealed carbides categorized by size, network, and lamellar content (shape)) that shall be used in the evaluation and the equation that shall define the rating are given.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
1.1 This guide covers the description of carbide structures in annealed high carbon bearing steels.
1.2 Included is a guide for rating steel specimens by a graded series of photomicrographs showing the incidence of certain conditions.
1.3 The reference photomicrographs are graded illustrations of annealed carbides categorized by size, network, and lamellar content (shape).
1.4 This guide is to facilitate communication and description of microstructure. It does not establish limits of acceptability. Such limits are a matter of agreement between user and producer.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens
E407 Practice for Microetching Metals and Alloys
E1245 Practice for Determining the Inclusion or Second-Phase Constituent Content of Metals by Automatic Image Analysis
ICS Number Code 77.140.20 (Steels of high quality)
UNSPSC Code 31171500(Bearings)