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Some pictures I've taken of some samples

  1. Jan 18, 2007 #1
    I've included some pictures I've taken of some samples I've broken.. and 1095 steel has a more finer surface than ductile cast iron, and cast iron, however, it is not as brittle..

    I would of thought that the more brittle the material was the more cleaner the break... but... anyone have an explanation of this?


    1095 - impact 2ft lbs


    ductile cast iron - impact 2 ft lbs


    cast iron - impact 1 ft lbs

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  3. Jan 18, 2007 #2


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    What is the magnification on those pics? And what do the left and right represent?
  4. Jan 18, 2007 #3
    oh sorry, well the actual specimen is from a charpy test, the material has a cross section of 1x1 cm, and the left and right side is both halves of the specimen, they're just small samples I put on my scanner.
  5. Jan 19, 2007 #4


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    Unfortunately, some of the surface is out of focus, and from the magnfication, it is difficult to see a difference.

    What was the state of the 1095? As-forged or annealed?

    Also remember 1095 steel is considered high carbon, so it's fracture surface may not be too dissimilar from a cast iron with the min amount of carbon. Heat treatment is important in the mechanical properties of carbon steel - really any steel or alloy.

    Classification of Cast Iron

    Would it be possible to obtain images from a microscope?

    It would be worthwhile to do the same test for 1020, 1040, 1060, 1080 (all with the nomimal same thermo-mechanical treatment) and a low carbon cast iron and compare the fracture surfaces.
  6. Jan 19, 2007 #5
    I do have additional samples of 1020, and 1040

    But, what I'm wondering is why the sufrace of the 1095 appears to have a smoother surface than the cast irons, yet it was tested to need more energry to break it

    Is it possible for something to need more energy to break if its even more brittle than the cast irons?
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