Automotive and Aerospace

The characterisation of microstructures and textures has for many years been critical for the development of high-strength, lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a critical analytical technique for these industries, combining rapid and complete microstructural characterisation with the exceptional spatial resolution required for the analysis of the latest ultra-fine grained and nanostructured materials.

Examples of EBSD applications in the automotive and aerospace fields are widespread and varied, including the following:

  • Rapid texture and grain size analyses of rolled metal sheets
  • Characterisation of microstructures of advanced lightweight alloys
  • Phase analyses of advanced high strength steels
  • Characterisation of thermal barrier coatings
  • Failure analysis in a range of materials
EBSD Kernel average misorientation map showing strain around a crack in a turbine blade Ni superalloy sample

Kernel average misorientation map highlighting the plastic strain in a Ni-based superalloy associated with a crack in a turbine blade sample. Sample from the Henry Royce Institute, Manchester.

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Rapid Classification of Advanced High Strength Steels using EBSD

Here the high analysis speed of the Symmetry S2 EBSD detector is combined with the advanced data processing capability of AZtecCrystal to characterise the complex phase distribution in 2 quenching and partitioning (Q&P) processed high strength steels.

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EBSD Characterisation of a high-strength lightweight steel

Understanding microstructure is fundamental to producing steels with specific mechanical properties for automotive applications. The integration of EBSD & EDS is a powerful microanalytical solution for monitoring microstructure, which aids the understanding of the relationship between materials processing, microstructure and performance...

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AZtecSynergy and BLG CrossCourt 3 EBSD Characterisation of a Crept Nickel Alloy

Microanalysis is a powerful tool in understanding potential failure mechanisms and potential life time of many materials. In this example, the microstructure and damage distribution following creep deformation of a nickel superalloy is studied using EBSD and EDS

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Webinars

Characterising and monitoring materials developed for use in extreme environments

Learn how the combination of EDS & EBSD on an electron microscope can be applied to the characterisation of materials ensuring manufacturing and product reliablity.

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Parent microstructure optimisation in steels and alloys using EBSD-based reconstruction

In this webinar, where are joined by one of the developers of a new approach to parent grain reconstruction, Dr Hung-Wei (Homer) Yen, who will be discussing the importance of understanding parent microstructures in the steel industry.

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