Serial Sectioning Methods for Generating 3D Characterization Data of Grain- and Precipitate-Scale Microstructures (Preprint)
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AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING DIRECTORATE
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This chapter provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art for experimental collection of microstructural data of grain assemblages and other features of similar scale in three dimensions 3D. The chapter focuses on the use of serial sectioning methods and associated instrumentation, as this is the most widely available and accessible technique for collecting such data for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the chapter describes the serial sectioning methodology in detail, discusses automated systems that can be used for such experiments, highlights possibilities for including crystallographic and chemical data, provides a brief overview of the post-experiment handling of the data, and identifies current shortcomings and future development needs for this field.
- Metallurgy and Metallography