Significance and Use
5.1 The microstructure and grain growth of cemented tungsten carbides affect the material's mechanical and physical properties. The grain size and distribution will affect the material's wear resistance and fracture toughness. Abnormally large grains as compared to the background may introduce an area of weakness in a sintered part.
5.2 This test method may be used in acceptance testing of cemented tungsten carbide materials or the tungsten carbide powder used in their manufacture. The specified grain size used for the E-Rating is to be agreed upon between purchaser and supplier.
1.1 This test method describes a procedure for measuring abnormally large grains and the frequency of those grains in cemented tungsten carbides (hardmetals).
1.2 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.
B243 Terminology of Powder Metallurgy
B406 Test Method for Transverse Rupture Strength of Cemented Carbides
B657 Guide for Metallographic Identification of Microstructure in Cemented Carbides
B665 Guide for Metallographic Sample Preparation of Cemented Tungsten Carbides
abnormally large grains; cemented carbides; cemented tungsten carbide; E-rating; hardmetals; L-rating; microstructure;
ICS Number Code 77.160 (Powder metallurgy)
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