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Analysis of cement according to ASTM C114 and JIS R5204 using Supermini benchtop WDX spectrometer

Summer 2009, Volume 25, No. 2
Kenji Watanabe

Owing to the recent developments in emerging nations, the consumptions and, therefore, the productions of cement are increasing rapidly. Worldwide demands for benchtop X-ray fluorescence spectrometers, as main analyzing systems in medium-size cement factories or as backup systems in large factories and laboratories, are rising very quickly.

Since Supermini is a benchtop wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDX) spectrometer equipped with an air-cooled X-ray tube and without the need of using cooling water, it meets such demands. Supermini offers the XRF analysis with high precision and sensitivity even for light elements, which are the most well-known features of a WDX spectrometer over an Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDX) spectrometer.

 Results on a cement analysis using Supermini according to the U.S. ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) C114 standard test as well as the Japanese JIS R5204 “Chemical analysis method of cement by X-ray fluorescence” method, are reported and discussed.


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