Rapid Analysis of Nickel Alloys with SciAps Z-500 Handheld LIBS System

This video demonstrates rapid identification of a range of nickel alloys, using the Z-500 handheld laser-induced breakdown spectrometer from SciAps.

Nickel and nickel/cobalt superalloys are among the most challenging materials for the LIBS technique to identify. Generating a single calibration curve per element for many of the main alloying elements, including Al, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, and many others, results in rapid sorting speeds for many common alloys.

Nickel alloys identified include:

  • Ni alloy 750
  • Ni/Co Waspaloy
  • Ni alloy 925
  • Ni/B alloy
  • Ni alloy 617
  • Ni alloy 718
  • Ni alloy 625
  • Ni alloy C-276
  • Haynes 230 (high W nickel alloy)

The alloys tested range from 35% to over 70% Ni, with good results in all cases. Ni/Co superalloys and varying levels of W, Nb and Mo are all handled. With just a single calibration curve per element, rapid identification and good quality chemical data can be accomplished in a manner of seconds.

The Z-500 uses LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) to analyze a wide range of alloys - aluminum, stainless steel, copper, nickel, titanium and more - with fast, reliable results every time.

All Z instruments feature eye-safe lasers with a Class 1M rating, reducing the need for regulatory approval and additional paperwork.

The LIBZ technology uses optical emission, with a thick quartz window making the device very robust, with no fragile exposed silicon detectors that can be easily damaged.

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