In order to examine the physical structures of a metal, specimens must be prepared for analysis by grinding, polishing, etching, and mounting. 

After the proper preparation, metallographic specimens are ready to be viewed microscopically with light optical microscopes (LOM), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), an SEM combined with an energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS), or other techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD).

Skilled metallurgists, engineers and failure analysts from Element provide companies with metallography and microscopy services, using advanced instrumentation, in order to answer important questions about their materials and products--questions like what elements or alloys are present in this metal? And, what is the microstructure of this sample? 

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Services and Standards

Airbus

AITM 4-0002

ASTM International

ASTM B276, ASTM B657, ASTM B665, ASTM E3, ASTM E45, ASTM E807, ASTM E1351

Deutsches Institut Fur Normung E.V.

DIN 50602, DIN 50914

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