X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is one of the best ways to sort aluminum alloys. It is 100% non-destructive and at the same time it can measure the light elements found in aluminums.

This is a video tutorial for how to test aluminum with a handheld XRF. While this video features the SciAps X-550, there are many other instruments on the market that can identify and assay aluminum alloys including: handheld XRF, handheld LIBS, benchtop XRF, and benchtop OES.

To test aluminum alloys you will need:

  1. A XRF analyzer with the "General Metals" or "Metals" calibration.
  2. At least 1 Aluminum Certified Reference Material (CRM).
  3. Clean XRF Windows for your analyzer.
  4. Training for how to get the right results, every time.

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While virtually all XRF units capable of analyzing metals can identify and sort aluminum alloys, it is important to note that you will need a light element capable XRF to measure light elements such as Magnesium (Mg) and Silicon (Si). Because light elements make up the majority of aluminum alloys, Alloy Geek recommends a light-element capable analyzer. The SciAps X550 featured in this video is a great example of a light-element capable handheld XRF analyzer.

*LIBS is short for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

*OES is short for Optical Emission Spectroscopy

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