ICP-MS TRACE ELEMENTAL IDentification of ALUMINUM, IRON-BASED, NickeL, Cobalt, Copper, and Titanium Alloys, POLYMERS AND PLASTICS

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ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometry) is a very sensitive elemental analysis technique that provides very low detection limits for most elements present in a sample. Samples need to be in solution form, which requires solid samples to be dissolved. Test specimens are digested with a combination of acids appropriate for the chemical composition testing of the alloy.

The instrument is calibrated per use, using calibration standards designated by laboratory personnel, such as Quality Management. The calibration standards are matrix matched (Ni, Fe, Ti, etc.) to the samples being analyzed. Elements to be analyzed are added to calibration standards using NIST traceable solution standards. Calibration curves usually consist of 3-6 calibration standards.

An ICP-MS analysis can quantify a wide array of elements in many different matrices.  

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Chemical Analysis Services

Alloy Chemistry
Antimony Analysis (ICP)
Ash Content
Cadmium Analysis (ICP)
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Chemical Resistance
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Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
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Hall Flow Rate
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We can also look for low-level elements in:

  • Process solutions and chemical baths
  • Ion release elements in medical simulation solutions
  • Heavy metals in medical applications and wear debris testingSTANDARDS FOR THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
  • AMS 2280
  • AMS 5662
  • AMS 5663
  • AMS 5706
  • ASTM E 2823
  • GE P29A-AG100
  • and more...


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