A tool for finding inclusion clusters in steel SEM specimens
Wartiainen, Anna-Mari; Harju, Markus; Tamminen, Satu; Määttä, Leena; Alatarvas, Tuomas; Röning, Juha (2020-07-07)
Wartiainen, A., Harju, M., Tamminen, S., Määttä, L., Alatarvas, T., Röning, J. (2020) A tool for finding inclusion clusters in steel SEM specimens. Open Engineering, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 642–648, eISSN 2391-5439, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eng-2020-0068
© 2020 A.-M. Wartiainen et al., published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Non-metallic inclusions, especially large or clustered inclusions, in steel are usually harmful. Thus, the microscopic analysis of test specimens is an important part of the quality control. This steel purity analysis produces a large amount of individual inclusion information for each test specimen. The interpretation of the results is laborious and the comparison of larger product groups practically impossible. The purpose of this study was to develop an easy-to-use tool for automatic interpretation of the SEM analysis to differentiate clustered and large inclusions information from the manifold individual inclusion information. Because of the large variety of the potential users, the tool needs to be applicable for any steel grade and application, both for liquid and final product specimen, to analyse automatically steel specimen inclusions, especially inclusion clusters, based on the INCA Feature program produced data from SEM/EDS. The developed tool can be used to improve the controlling of the steel purity or for automatic production of new inclusion cluster features that can be utilised further in quality prediction models, for example.
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