Alloy identification is an important area to be able to determine the specifics of an unknown material. This can be important in applications such as welding to determine the correct conditions based on the alloy, aerospace testing for the correct materials used in construction and even scrap sorting. Metals such as Aluminum has multiple categories and is the most recycled metal. Each of the different alloys corresponds to a specific Aluminum series and requires different processing. Utilizing XRF characterization can easily identify the specific alloy’s in question.
- Titanium alloys
- Carbon and low alloy steels
- Nickel alloys
- Copper alloys
- Exotic and precious metals
- Aluminum alloys
- Stainless steels
Geological sources are used as raw materials and even additives for a wide variety of industrial based applications. Once the minerals and ores are mined they require analytic tools to determine the correct compositions so they can be correctly identified and sent to the appropriate industry. Common minerals used are silica, limestone, gypsum, talc and barite. XRF is the characterization tool of choice for determining the exact composition of these raw minerals and any impurities since it is fast and non-destructive. This analysis provides added value since the quality of the raw material has been identified and characterized, and can be processed to the appropriate end use.
Minerals and Ores that undergo this process are used in the following fields:
- Construction materials
Concrete, Cement, Clinker Analysis
X-ray fluorescence is a common testing technique to perform for quality control in the manufacturing and production of cements and concrete. It can begins at the raw materials stage by testing the quarry. As it moves to an intermediate stage called the clinker, XRF can test the composition to ensure the process is stable before moving to the finished cement product. At this point the cement can also be analyzed to ensure it meets the specific standards of the product and to ensure that production does not suffer delays if the composition is not correct.