Spotlight – How to... effectively use microscopy in the metals industry
Dr. Roger Barnett, Applications Development Engineer, Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd, gives an overview of microscopy in the metals industry.
At its most fundamental level, microscopy is the use of tools to observe objects and features that cannot be viewed with the naked eye. With the right sample preparation and microscope, a user can see features in metals ranging from cracks and surface pits to individual grains, inclusions and even dislocations. This study, referred to as metallography, gives a clear picture of the microstructure of any metal component or material.
However, simply viewing the structure is not enough – industrial microscopy needs to yield information