The Global PM Property Database (www.pmdatabase.com) has been enhanced to include examples of PM microstructures to assist PM parts manufacturers and end-users during interpretation of PM microstructures. The enhancement will help to build an appreciation of what a powerful tool metallography can be in engineering new components, designing new materials and solving a range of quality control issues.
After log-in, a short-cut link allows the user to reference the microstructural phases in materials processed by conventional sintering, elevated temperature sintering, accelerated post-sintering cooling, etc. Guidance is also given on specimen preparation and proper etchant selection.
The free-to-use database has been developed jointly by the major PM trade bodies, the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA), and the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), who developed the Guide to PM Microstructures, to provide access to comprehensive and accredited mechanical, fatigue and physical property data for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, processed by conventional press-sinter PM, Powder Forging and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM).