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The Process

Having an understanding of a material’s microstructure can give an insight as to how materials will perform. At WMG, we have capabilities to conduct both optical and scanning electron microscopy using state-of-the-art facilities. These include:

  • Back-scattered electron imaging
  • EBSD (Electron Back Scatter Defraction) capability
  • Chemical Analysis (X-Ray Energy Dispersive Scanning Spectroscopy)
  • Polarised light
  • Z-stack optical microscopy (increased effective depth of field)
  • Mosaic imaging (allowing larger areas to be analysed)
  • Image analysis tools



Zeiss Optical Microscope


The Benefits

This process offers a more complete characterisation of a material, especially when viewed with an extensive range of supplementary testing also available at WMG.