Metal & Metal Alloy Analysis

Find stronger, lighter, more workable metals

Metals and their mixtures (alloys) are particularly well-suited for structural and load-bearing uses because of their strength, ductility, malleability, and performance across temperatures. Today’s scientists are striving to develop metals that are stronger, lighter, and allow more shape memory. From super alloys to amorphous metals, new discoveries are on the rise.

Metals and metal alloys tend to be crystalline in structure, and are often studied via elemental analysis. From handheld to bulk analysis, x-ray spectroscopy is widely used to identify emerging materials from R&D to process monitoring. It is essential to know when to employ the various elemental analysis techniques: SEM/EDS, XPS, and XRF.

In further processing, alloy extrudates often receive a hard finish using powder coatings that are typically applied electro-statically and cured under heat to form a “skin.“ Through rheology, analysts can understand differences in surface texture from curing kinetics or viscoelastic properties to achieve a particular coating thickness.


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MAGCIS from the inside out

Trends in X-ray microanalysis: enabling rapid discovery one pixel at a time

Discovery by today’s standards means consistently coming to the right conclusion faster and more accurately. The goal of accelerating discovery is to expedite research and development.

Conventional energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) workflows may limit discovery and may not accurately represent all elements present in the sample. The modern EDS workflow begins with the collection of a spectrum at each pixel in the image, created in about the same amount of time. 

x-ray microanalysis

Discovery can be hastened and automated by software that generates spectral phases from which it automatically maps and types discrete elemental phases. From these spectral phases, researchers and analysts can draw conclusions with great confidence. The benefit of X-ray microanalysis to the analyst is twofold:

  1. It enables the rapid discovery of unexpected elemental phases
  2. It enables discovery more efficiently and repeatably from a single measurement

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