X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is one of the best ways to sort low alloy steels. It is 100% non-destructive and fast.

This is a video tutorial for how to test low alloys steels with a handheld XRF. While this video features the Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 980 Plus, there are many other instruments on the market that can identify and assay low alloy steels including: handheld XRF, handheld LIBS, benchtop XRF, and benchtop OES.

To test low alloy steels you will need:

  1. A XRF analyzer with the "General Metals" or "Metals" calibration.
  2. At least 1 Low Alloy Steel 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 low alloy steels alloys, it is important to note that Carbon (C) cannot be measured with handheld XRF. You will need a handheld LIBS or OES device to measure carbon. Because of this, you will be only measuring alloy content other than Carbon with handheld XRF.

*LIBS is short for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

*OES is short for Optical Emission Spectroscopy

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