Contact & Support
Header Image


Metallic alloys serve important roles for many types of technology, as they have a broader range of properties than almost all other materials. In fact, there are several thousand standard alloys already in existence and new ones are continuously developed for better performance or to meet new demands. Metallography is the study of the composition and microstructure of all types of metallic alloys. The microstructure - inclusions, grains, or matrix - has a significant effect on the macroscopic properties of alloys, e.g., tensile strength, elongation, and both thermal and electrical conductivity. The understanding of the relationship between composition, microstructure, and macroscopic properties plays a key role in the development and manufacture of alloys, where metallography is often exploited. These same investigative principles can be applied to the characterization of any type of solid material. Different types of experimental techniques are used to reveal the microstructure of metallic alloys. Since the last century, most investigations are carried out with incident light microscopy using bright field, dark field, differential interference contrast (DIC), and color (tint) etching. Presently, computer automated microscopes and image analysis systems provide a rapid and accurate method for the metallographic assessment of alloys, as well as, other materials.



Useful Links

Organizations Metallographic Society – An Affiliate Society of ASM International ASTM International Committee E04 on Metallography Stahl-Zentrum – Subcommittee on Metallography, Materials Analysis and Simulation

Journals Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis – Application and Innovation for Metals, Alloys, and Engineered Materials (1969–1989, continued as "Materials Characterization") Characterization Physics of Metals and Metallography

Web Sources "Metallography" in Wikipedia Metallographers Since 1996 about Steel for Metallographer Fraunhofer IWS Metallography Laboratory Analysis, Metallography and Mechanical Testing of Materials Metallography Site of the Hochschule Mittweida – University of Applied Sciences (3 Parts) Metallography 1: Metallography, Materialography and Specimen Preparation Metallography Used On-Site, Possibilites and Experiences Vander Voort – Consultant in Metallography, Failure Analysis and Archeometallurgy and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals – An introduction to sample preparation for metallography of Analytical Methods for Materials – Metallographic Study to Quantitative Metallography is Metallography? Metallography: A Simple New Staining Method Metallography Technical Publications of Mauritius, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering Department, Metallurgy Lab: Metallography Analysis – Forensic Engineering: Metallurgical Failure Analysis and Microstructures of Cast Iron

Videos / Images Part I by the University of Cambridge, Department of Material Sciences and Metallurgy Part II by the University of Cambridge, Department of Material Sciences and Metallurgy Metallography Examples on Metallography by the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining

Text Books Download of E-Books on Metallography – Principles and Practice Metallurgy and Metallography (Shrager AM) for the Non-Metallurgist, 2nd Edition (Reardon AC) Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist (Verhoeven J) Metallography of Titanium (Finlay WL, Resketo J, Vordahl MB) History of Metallography – The Development of Ideas on the Structure of Metals before 1890 Handbook Volume 09: Metallography and Microstructures (Vander Voort G)

Your bookmarks are missing?
Please send us your useful links!