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XRF Basics

A routine solution for chemical analysis of metals and minerals, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis offers both qualitative and quantitative insights into the elemental composition of samples (from traces to % levels) based on their unique XRF spectra. These spectra can be read in the field for instant elemental analysis using handheld XRF analyzers. Handheld XRF is a tried-and-tested tool for applications requiring immediate feedback such as scrap metals analysis. More robust quality assurance and control (QA/QC) requires laboratory-based XRF analysis, which breaks down into two primary types: EDXRF and WDXRF.

A convenient front-end analysis tool, EDXRF (energy-dispersive XRF) enables quick and easy analysis of even irregular samples with little-to-no sample preparation. WDXRF (wavelength-dispersive XRF), meanwhile, is the standard test method for a wide range of applications due to its outstanding sensitivity and high resolution.

Understanding the elemental composition of your materials at multiple touchpoints in the workflow process can help you adapt to new challenges unique to your market sector. We offer the products, services and technologies to help you understand your materials, regardless of the application.

Most typical applications include:

  • Metals/Alloys
  • Cement
  • Geology/Mining/Minerals
  • Petroleum
  • Polymers
  • Glass/Ceramic
  • Energy
  • Environmental