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Significance and Use
This practice lists recommended methods and solutions for the etching of specimens for metallographic examination. Solutions are listed to highlight phases present in most major alloy systems.
1.1 This practice covers chemical solutions and procedures to be used in etching metals and alloys for microscopic examination. Safety precautions and miscellaneous information are also included.
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. For specific cautionary statements, see 6.1 and Table 2.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography
E2014 Guide on Metallographic Laboratory Safety
ICS Number Code 77.040.99 (Other methods of testing metals)
ASTM E407-07e1, Standard Practice for Microetching Metals and Alloys, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007, www.astm.orgBack to Top