Material and Chemical Analysis

Material and Chemical Analysis

Chemical analysis of metals is used for a wide variety of purposes and can help companies with their manufacturing quality control, reverse engineering, and failure investigations.
 
Material identification, characterization and verification are essential for businesses to ensure their materials or products have been manufactured to the correct alloy grade and conform to national or international codes and standards. Metal chemical analysis is also used in reverse engineering to determine the alloys used to produce a component and in failure investigations to establish whether the correct alloy was used.

Chemical analysis techniques include:

  • Spark-OES (Optical emission spectrometer) – for bulk elemental analysis of steels, stainless steels, cast irons, copper, aluminium, cobalt, nickel, tin and zinc alloys.
  • ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometer) – for bulk analysis of small samples, analyzing to very low concentrations.
  • Infrared combustion (LECO) – for carbon and sulphur, and oxygen hydrogen and nitrogen small samples.
  • XRF (X-ray fluorescence) – for analyzing nickel alloys and semi-quantitively analyzing all alloy systems.
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