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New Reference Material for Cast Iron Welding applications

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2018 4:55:46 PM / by Dave Coler posted in Cast Iron, nickel alloys, welding alloys

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 One of the most common ways to weld cast iron is by stick or arc welding.   The stick is an electrode covered with flux or filler material. The most common filler material for welding cast iron are nickel alloys.  The chemical composition of the filler material can impact the quality of the weld so it is important to have reference materials to verify the composition.   Reliance Foundry provides a very good discussion of the procedures for welding cast iron in their blog post “How to Weld Cast Iron”.

There are few reference materials available for verifying the chemical composition of welding fillers so we decided create one in collaboration with Special Metals.   This new reference material called IARM-Ni244H-18  and  is based on  a is a nickel-iron-manganese alloy that is used as welding filler material and sold under the commercial name of NI-ROD® 44 Filler Metal.

The IARM Ni244H-18 has 22 major and minor elements certified as well as informational values for an additional 55 trace elements.   The unique major element composition of this alloy (41.1% Ni, 39.9% Fe, 10.9% Mn and 6.9% Cr) make it extremely useful as a sample to extend the calibration ranges for XRF and OE applications as well as a calibration monitor sample.

This reference material is available as  38mm x 3mm disks for XRF, 38mm x 19mm disks for OE or as chips for ICP-OES and ICP-MS applications.  The certificate of analysis for this reference material available for download on our new product page.

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Water that burns: A new certified reference material for dissolved gases analysis

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2018 9:23:21 AM / by Don Shelly posted in Meep Reference Materials, methane, ethane, ethene and propane, Fracking standards

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Have you seen those YouTube videos showing folks lighting their water on fire as it cascades into the bathroom sink? Pretty scary, huh? In some parts of the world, including the US, people have unknowingly built their homes over large deposits of natural gas. Most of this gas is trapped in layers of shale deep beneath the aquifers that supply their household water. 

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process used to remove the natural gas from the shale layer, harvesting the gas and making it available for the natural gas market. The big question is how did the natural gas get into the household water?

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2018 ARMI Catalog

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 6:50:37 PM / by Dave Coler posted in Certified Reference Materials

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 I am happy to announce the release of our 2018 catalog.  In the past year we have added over 90 new products to our portfolio of certified reference materials as well as increased our line of sample preparation equipment for XRF, OE and ICP.

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A Method for Preparing Aluminum Alloys for Analysis by ICP using Infrared Digestion Technology

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2018 4:24:44 PM / by Mitchell Planty posted in icp sample preparation, coldBlock, aluminum Alloys, Sample Preparation

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New ARMI Reference Materials

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2018 2:37:07 PM / by Dave Coler posted in stainless steel alloys, Certified Reference Materials, Custom Reference Materials

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Developing new reference materials can be a time consuming process often requiring several years to complete. This means that reference material development typically lags well behind the introduction new metal alloys created to meet the needs of  increasingly demanding industrial applications. This disparity creates a problem for chemists working with analytical methods such as XRF, ICP and OE, as these are comparative techniques and require reference materials to calibrate and validate.

 

 

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How to Digest Nickel 718 Alloy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by Dave Coler posted in icp sample preparation, coldBlock, 718 alloy

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New Product Announcement: New CRM's for Low Alloy and Maraging Steel

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2018 6:00:00 AM / by Dave Coler posted in Steel CRMs, low alloy steel, Certified Reference Materials

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 ARMI is pleased to announce the release of 7 new products that cover 5 steel alloy grades.   

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How to Digest 316 Stainless Steel for ICP Analysis Using the ColdBlock Digestion System

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 5:40:25 PM / by Dave Coler posted in stainless steel alloys, icp sample preparation

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The ColdBlock system uses infrared radiation to rapidly digest metal alloy samples and a cooling block to condense out escaping vapors minimizing the loss of volatile elements.  Our preliminary results, detailed in a previous blog post (A New Sample Preparation Technique for  Metal Alloys), looked promising so we are now conducting validation studies with IARM CRM’s of various alloys.  This post details our validation study using CRM IARM 5I, a Grade 316 stainless steel alloy.

Digestion Procedure

5 separate 0.5g aliquots of CRM IARM 5I were prepared using 20ml of aqua regia in a quartz digestion tube.  The 5 digestion vessels were loaded into a 6 position ColdBlock digestion system and digested for 15 minutes at 28% power.  The digested samples were diluted to a total volume of 50ml using deionized water and transferred to a centrifuge tube.  1 ml of HF was then added to each centrifuge tube to stabilize the solution. The samples were then analyzed on a Spectro Arcos ICP-OES in our laboratory.  The results are detailed below.  The reproducibility of each of the 5 digestions is very good, and the average values agree well with the certified values for all elements including Si and volatile elements such as As and S.     We will be posting the resuts of  validation studies on other alloys in the near future so subscribe to our blog to be sure you are automatically notified.

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Positive Material Identification

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2018 4:00:00 AM / by Dave Coler posted in XRF, positive material identification

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Positive material identification or PMI is the  verification of metal alloys based on their chemical composition.  This methodology is used for a wide range of applications where the grade of metal alloy used in a particular application needs to be confirmed.  PMI is used in a wide range of applications, but most commonly in industrial settings where using the wrong metal alloy grade  can result in premature corrosion or even failure creating a potentially serious safety hazard.  The chemical verification of alloys already being used in industrial applications often requires that the analysis be non -destructive and performed insitu.  This is most commonly performed using a handheld XRF unit often called a "PMI gun" or portable OES instrument.  

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Raising the Bar for Nickel Alloy CRM's

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2018 4:00:00 AM / by Dave Coler posted in nickel alloys

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ARMI is proud to release 10 new Nickel alloy CRM's for chemical analysis.   These CRM's have expanded  data for both certified and indicative  elements.                                                                                                   

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