L C Chandola
Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 3 Issue 3 November 1981 pp 375-379
Using AC spark, AC arc and DC arc excitations in optical emission spectroscopic systems, the Al metal used in reactors can be characterised for its minor or trace element composition. The best precision of ± 6% is obtained with an AC spark in which the rod sample is taken as a self electrode and elements Cu, Fe, Mn, Si and Ti are determined in the concentration range 0·01–1%. The oxide powder sample with DC arc excitation provides best minimum detection limits of 10 ppm in general and 21 trace elements are determined by it. The AC arc method also uses oxide powder standards prepared synthetically and determines B and Mg in addition to the elements determined in AC spark excitation with a precision of ±9%.
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