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Metallographic Polishing by Mechanical Methods, 4th Edition

Author: Leonard E. Samuels   |   Hardcover   |   Product code: 06964G   |   ISBN: 978-0-87170-779-6

Classified as: Metallography and Microstructures

Price: $157.00 Member Price: $115.00

The quality and usefulness of micrographs depends greatly on the preparation and polishing of metallographic specimens, and the work of Leonard Samuels has been instrumental in achieving a more scientific understanding of the effects and mechanisms by which material is removed during preparation of metallographic specimens. This book provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of mechanical polishing methods to ensure the quality and usefulness of micrographs.

The 4th Edition covers the advances that have been made since the 3rd Edition was published in 1982. These advances have enabled manual preparation procedures to be reassessed, with the result that considerable simplifications have become possible. Major advances have also been made in the development of semiautomatic machines and preparation procedures over the last few years with the objective of increasing productivity and improving reliability. These processes use abrasive machining devices that are significantly different from those used in manual procedures. They also are discussed, but necessarily in a more limited way than for manual procedures because less basic information is available. Other updates and clarifications have been provided throughout the book to create a complete, easy-to-use, and up-to-date information resource on this topic. 

Dr. Leonard E. Samuels, FASM, was one of the best-known Australian metallurgists of his generation. He built his expertise as an optical microscopist and metallographer during his career working for Australia's Munitions Supply Laboratories, later named the Defence Standards Laboratories. Recognizing the importance of surface preparation, he sought to apply more scientific practices to metallography. His book, Metallographic Polishing by Mechanical Methods, published by ASM International, extended to four editions. He authored Optical Microscopy of Carbon Steels, and its updated edition, Light Microscopy of Carbon Steels, also published by ASM International. One of his more novel projects involved investigating the metallurgy of the cast iron cannons that had been jettisoned from Captain Cook's vessel, Endeavor, in 1770 when it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef. More information about Len's life and work is provided in a tribute written by George Vander Voort in the latest edition of Metallographic Polishing by Mechanical Methods.


  • Publisher: ASM International
  • Published: 2003
  • Pages: 345
  • ISBN: 978-0-87170-779-6