ASTM E768 - 99(2010)

    Standard Guide for Preparing and Evaluating Specimens for Automatic Inclusion Assessment of Steel

    Active Standard ASTM E768 | Developed by Subcommittee: E04.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01


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    Significance and Use

    Inclusion ratings done either manually using Test Methods E45 or automatically using Practice E1122 or E1245 are influenced by the quality of specimen preparation. This guide provides examples of proven specimen preparation methods that retain inclusions in polished steel specimens.

    This guide provides a procedure to determine if the prepared specimens are of suitable quality for subsequent rating of inclusions. None of these methods should be construed as defining or establishing specific procedures or limits of acceptability for any steel grade.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers two preparation methods for steel metallographic specimens that will be analyzed for nonmetallic inclusions with automatic image analysis (AIA) equipment. The two methods of preparation are offered as accepted methods used to retain nonmetallic inclusions in steel. This guide does not limit the user to these methods.

    1.2 A procedure to test the suitability of the prepared specimen for AIA inclusion work, using differential interference contrast (DIC), is presented.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography

    E45 Test Methods for Determining the Inclusion Content of Steel

    E883 Guide for Reflected-Light Photomicrography

    E1122 Practice for Obtaining JK Inclusion Ratings Using Automatic Image Analysis

    E1245 Practice for Determining the Inclusion or Second-Phase Constituent Content of Metals by Automatic Image Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.01 (Testing of metals in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0768-99R10

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