IN-Situ Replica Metallography - Replicas
It has been proven that In-Situ Metallography (REPLICAS) is a very powerful technique for addressing many metallurgical problems, particularly when conducting failure investigations. There are many applications for the use of this technique. It can be employed as a non-destructive method for identifying materials and their microstructures, without having to remove or cut out samples for chemical analysis i.e., to distinguish between cast iron, cast steel and any other type of metallic material etc. The technique can also be employed as a quality control tool, in order to verify whether the heat treatment of various components or equipment is in the normalised, annealed, or quenched and tempered condition. Recently it was utilised to inspect many tons of defective Laminated ssteel plate beams, at the site - in the stores and stacked on top of each other. Some were also in transit to their destination and many were still in the fabrication during the fabrication workshop.
The major advantage in this case, was that it saved costs and time, by not having to cut out samples and also the subsequent patching / repair welding, etc and that the sides of the plates were examined, thus saving on handling costs, etc. This technique can be employed for quality control and investigational purposes of brazed tungsten carbide percussion drills and bits, i.e the integrity of the brazing can be evaluated in a non-destructive method, without having to cut op the drilling component. With regard to the replication and examination of High Temperature Materials, used for power plants, boilers, furnaces, pressure vessels, etc. It can be utilised for the following purposes.