Modern civilization largely depends on the quality and precision of metal alloys. Bruker prides itself on making robust handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) alloy analyzers that scan and analyze the chemical composition of alloys in 2 or a few more seconds, depending on the application.
Bruker is a worldwide market leader in cutting-edge, nondestructive alloy analysis solutions using X-ray fluorescence. A portable Bruker alloy analyzer is a most efficient and effective tool to perform multi-element alloy analysis, determining alloyant concentrations in objects of any shape. A Bruker alloy gun is small and eminently portable, making alloy analysis easy to perform in situ or in a lab. Usually, no sample preparation is required. With the pull of a trigger, the S1 TITAN quantifies nearly any element, from Magnesium to Uranium. The S1 SORTER on the other hand is Brukers best entry-level-solution for the metals industry, exceling in analyzing a wide range of standard alloys.
Whether in the scrap yard or on the manufacturing floor, Brukers XRF Analyzers quickly and accurately identify alloy grades and list the concentrations of the constituent elements and trace elements in a clear on-screen readout.
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An alloy is a combination of a metal with one or more metallic or nonmetal chemical elements. Alloys are characterized by the metallic type of structural bonding – the attraction force between the metal atoms and the free-floating valence electrons – which acts as a "superglue" and defines the alloy’s structure. Analysis with an electron microscope shows that the atoms in an alloy mass form a crystalline lattice, arranging themselves regularly much like marbles in a jar. Most atoms are provided by the main metal, with those of alloyants occurring throughout the lattice. When analyzed by an X-Ray Fluorescent spectrometer gun, an alloy is briefly irradiated with high-power X-rays. This “excites” the atoms of the constituent elements, which in turn emit a secondary X-ray radiation, termed “fluorescent.” Each element’s X-ray fluorescent signature is spectrally unique, allowing for identification and quantification by an XRF alloy analyzer. That is, in a nutshell, how a Bruker gun works.
Alloys are widely used for their individual properties, such as hardness or malleability, corrosion resistance, etc. In certain cases, alloys are used in industrial applications when it is necessary to lower the price of material by “diluting” the expensive metal in it, while keeping its desired properties. In science, the alloy constituents are typically measured in (atomic) parts per million (ppm), while in the industrial and commercial context the proportions are usually expressed in percentages by weight of course, nature makes numerous alloys of her own, which are also analyzable by XRF analysis. Most of the approximately 90 naturally occurring chemical elements are metals. Industrially manufactured alloys must conform to declared specifications and standards, which makes the importance of reliable alloy analysis self-explanatory.
Bruker alloy analyzers like the S1 Titan can perform alloy grade verfication of the vast majority of standard alloys, based on an extensive internal alloy grade library. Analysis also provides the elemental composition (within its range) of any nonstandard alloys. Furthermore Bruker´s S1 Titan can non-destructively identify or measure virtually any element.
The S1 TITAN, a top tube-based portable XRF spectrometer, stands out as one of the lightest instruments available, swiftly determining elemental composition with a single scan. Known for exceptional accuracy and rapid analysis, it features innovative elements like a rugged casing, a touch-screen display, TITAN Detector shieldTM, SharpBeamTM X-ray geometry, and SMART GradeTM timing.