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Cross Sectioning of Painted Concrete

Application Note for Leica EM TIC 3X - Industrial Manufacturing

Purpose
Ion beam slope cutting is a method that can achieve flat cuts of material combinations consisting of hard and soft materials.

Goal
Cross section to see the interface between paint and concrete.

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Process Description
(benchmark values for this particular sample)
Mechanical pre-preparation with the Leica EM TXP using 9 µm diamond lapping foil at 2600 rpm.

Leica EM TIC 3X Parameters
Acceleration voltage6 kV
Gun current2.2 mA
Milling time6 h


Results

  • The cut is flat and clean.
  • Organic binders and inorganic pigments are visible.
  • The interface between paint and concrete is visible.

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