Metallurgy Research Centre

  • 9 de octubre de 2014

Technical Seminar: “X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)”

This seminar was held in IK4-AZTERLAN on 24th and 25th of September, with the active participation of 40 professionals from the industry, research institutes and universities, interested in deepening their knowledge on this important analytical technology.

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is one of the important tools applied to multi-elemental determinations in a wide variety of materials. It is used for non – destructive elemental analysis of solid, liquid or powder samples for major and minor constituents. Over the years, it has become a standard technique for routine on-stream analysis of metallurgical, mineral and petrochemical samples.

Ferrous and non ferrous alloys, cement and geological materials are some of the common industrial areas in which XRF is used for quality control and process control. Besides, with the latest software packages an additional possibility of analysis in now available. Some advanced tools which are able to analyze unknown samples of different shapes or nature without needing to do a specific calibration of the instrument. This avoids the use of expensive certified reference materials or secondary reference materials.

During two intense working days, professionals from Thermo Scientific and Fluxana have shared their technical knowledge and expertise on the X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), helping participants to optimize the use of this analytical technique. Likewise, training on the different process of sample preparation and the influence of each one on the analytical performance, setting up analytical methods from definition to validation and showing the latest advances on the unknown sample analysis.