The Less Common Metals laboratory is an inorganic analytical laboratory equipped to test the elemental composition, micro-structural and physical properties of inorganic materials. It primarily acts as the quality control (QC) department for the production of metal alloys but has the capability to perform commercial analysis on a variety of inorganic materials.
The laboratory is equipped with the latest technology for analysis. Our team of analytical chemists use various apparatus depending on testing required.
• Elemental Analysis (ICP-OES / LECO)
• Metallography (Optical, SEM-EDX)
• Crystallography (XRD)
• Physical testing (PSD, thickness)
We offer a 48-hour express service for analysis on those samples you just can’t wait for. For all other analysis 10 working days is a standard.
Optical emission spectroscopy is a tool for the determination of metallic elements in concentrations from 0.05 % to 100 % (w/w).
Gas-fusion and combustion techniques employ infrared (IR) and thermal detection of: C, S, O and N.
A light microscope can be used to assess the structure of alloys at low magnifications (X10-X500 magnification).
Electron microscopes can be used to produce detailed micrographs at high magnifications
The LCM lab offers two sieve-shakers to qualify the particle size of various powdered alloys, including the calculation of D25, D50 and D75.
LCM has developed and built in-house a highly reliable laser-based technique for rapid and accurate analysis.
Powder XRD can be used for the analysis of minerals and raw materials
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