Analysis of standard metal alloys

Every industry in the United States regulates production and manufacturing of goods for quality and accuracy. One way to regulate an industrial process is through a Quality Control (QC) Quantitative Calibration with a WDXRF (wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence) spectrometer, such as the Rigaku ZSX Primus II spectrometer.

A WDXRF quantitative calibration consists of a precisely measured analytical method that is optimized for the material being analyzed with a variety of reference standards. When reference materials are not available to set up a Quantitative Calibration method, the Rigaku ZSX software offers a Semi-Quantitative or standardless quantitative evaluation that can be used for QC and differentiation of product types.

The following table shows data collected on three different certified reference materials using the Rigaku Primus II. B.S. T-22 is titanium alloy standard. Ult1233 (64B) is a cobalt alloy standard. Inco 690 (201A) is a nickel alloy standard.


   B.S.
 T-22
Analyzed  Std. Value Ult1233(64B) Analyzed  Std. Value Inco690(201A) Analyzed  Std. Value
Al 0.090 0.004 Al 0.149 0.120 Na 0.036 N/A
Si 0.024 0.020 Si 0.242 0.270 Al> 0.386 0.370
Ti 92.795 93.820 K 0.004 N/A Si 0.134 0.150
V 0.425 0.510er> Ti 0.010 0.110 P 0.003 0.005
Cr 1.372 1.220 V 0.017 0.014 S 0.001 N/A
Mn 2.211 2.020 Cr 26.139 25.620 K 0.006 N/A
Fe 1.253 1.190 Mn 0.827 0.790 Ti 0.301 0.300
Co 0.001 N/A Fe 3.064 3.020 V 0.013 0.011
Ni 0.014 0.008 Co> 53.340 54.200 Cr 30.503 29.900
Cu 0.053 0.040 Ni 9.355 9.060 Mn 0.186 0.190
As 0.009 N/A Cu> 0.020 0.020 Fe 9.097 9.090
Zr 0.008 <0.01 Zr 0.007 <0.01 Ni 59.301 59.900
Mo 1.202 1.150 Nb 0.014 0.018 Ga 0.003 N/A
Sn 0.022 0.019 Mo 4.629 4.770 Zr 0.009 <0.01
W 0.522 N/A Sn 0.002 N/A Nb 0.007 0.009
  W 2.183 2.120 Mo 0.015 0.018

Table 1: Analyzed Brammer metal alloy standards

As the data shows, quality materials characterization can be done via the Rigaku SQX software on a wide range of metallic alloy blends. The Rigaku SQX software is an excellent screening tool for the analysis of a wide variety of materials, when there is a lack of certified reference materials to generate a Quantitative Calibration for industrial quality control.


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