Comparison of Different Sample Preparation Techniques in TEM Observation of Microstructure of INCONEL Alloy 783 Subjected to Prolonged Isothermal Exposure
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INCONEL alloy 783 was annealed and aged following the standard heat treatment procedure. One set of specimens was then isothermally exposed at 500 °C for 3000 h. Mechanical properties were measured at room temperature and 650 °C, and the results showed the prolonged exposure increased the strength and decreased elongation of alloy 783. The microstructures of as-produced and exposed material were examined using optical microscope, SEM and TEM, respectively. Three techniques, jet electro-polishing, ion milling, and focused ion beam, were employed to prepare the TEM samples to observe the variation of microstructure of alloy 783 due to isothermal exposure. TEM images of samples prepared by different methods were analyzed and compared. The results indicate that the jet electro-polishing technique allows the detail microstructure of alloy 783 subjected to different treatments to be well revealed, and thereby the TEM images can be used to explain the enhancement of strength of alloy 783 caused by isothermal exposure.
Alloy 783; Alloys – Effect of high temperatures on; Alloys – Microstructure; Focused ion beams (FIB); Ion milling; Jet electro-polishing; Microscopy – Technique; Transmission electron microscopes
Materials Science and Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Metallurgy
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Longzhou Ma, Comparison of different sample preparation techniques in TEM observation of microstructure of INCONEL alloy 783 subjected to prolonged isothermal exposure, Micron, Volume 35, Issue 4, June 2004, Pages 273-279, ISSN 0968-4328, 10.1016/j.micron.2003.10.048. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968432803001793)
Comparison of Different Sample Preparation Techniques in TEM Observation of Microstructure of INCONEL Alloy 783 Subjected to Prolonged Isothermal Exposure.
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