Alloy analysis is the process of identification of the chemical composition of the sample. Opposite to PMI (Positive Material Identification), where the alloy grade is determined, it shows the material`s whole element composition. The analysis can be carried out by an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) alloy tester, and it is widely used in a variety of industries: from aero-space testing to welding and scrap sorting.
Particularly, it`s implemented for commercial purposes. For example:
- In foundry – to create alloy grades with certain physical and chemical properties by determining the components to add or remove.
- In metallurgical production and metalworking – to dilute expensive metals and, hence, lower the metal sample cost. This helps to provide a more competitive offer for the market.
Alloy Testing with XRF Analyzer
An XRF alloy analyzer is a type of device that is widely used for testing materials. XRF spectrometers show the proportion of elements – for example, Ni (nickel), Mo (molybdenum), Cu (copper), Fe (iron), etc. These instruments have several advantages:
– Non-destructive nature: The alloy isn`t affected during the test, which means that it doesn`t lose its commercial value.
– Speedy and accurate research: It takes only a few seconds to get the result that will illustrate a precise specification of the components.
– Safety: Firstly, fast research implies lower exposure to x-rays. Secondly, an alloy analyzer has several safety degrees of protection in order to minimize the impact.
Portable Alloy Analyzer (XRF Gun)
When selecting a metal alloy analyzer, customers usually value accuracy, the speed of the analysis, and durability. Elvatech offers two models – ProSpector 2 and ProSpector 3 – that meet all the criteria.
Both have the highest level of precision when determining the element composition, three times faster performance compared to other market analogs, and a guarantee of long-life reproducibility of the analysis with no additional system recalibration. Besides this, ProSpector 3 is highly compact and convenient in usage and offers two cameras for micro and macro view.
Except for the alloy analyzer gun, Elvatech also offers laboratory analyzers – ElvaX Basic, ElvaX Pro, ElvaX Plus. They imply a more significant scope of research.
Alloy Families That Can Be Identified by Handheld Alloy Analyzer
Although laboratory analyzers are the most powerful devices to determine element specifications, a handheld metal alloy tester also delivers sufficient results. It can determine a wide variety of alloy families:
- Magnesium alloys
- Aluminium alloys
- Titanium alloys
- Stainless steels
- Low alloy steels
- Tool steels
- Cobalt alloys
- Nickel alloys
- Copper alloys
- Zinc alloys
- Precious alloys