Xenemetrix EX-3600M (EDXRF) spectrometer analysis of the major elements in cement and compliance with ASTM Method C-114

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Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) can play a vital role in this industry by giving accurate analytical results in a short time.  ASTM C-114 is the test method used for the analysis of hydraulic cements. .  The overview of Xenemetrix EX-3600M (EDXRF) spectrometer analysis of the major elements in cement and compliance with ASTM Method C-114 will be described in this article. 

Cement is generally defined as any of a variety of substances used for bonding or settling to a hard material.  Portland cement, currently the foundation of modern industrial construction techniques, is a mixture of calcium silicates and aluminates made by heating limestone with clay in a kiln.  The resulting material is then ground to a fine powder (cement).  When mixed with water, the cement first sets and then hardens to form the final structural material.  Controlling even small changes in the composition of cements during the production process has become a high priority interest of progressive manufacturers worldwide.  Timely and accurate analytical results during every stage of production are the keys to effective quality control

EDXRF spectrometers can play an important role in assuring that consistent quality is documented at every manufacturing step.  Specifically, EDXRF can play a critical role in resolving these challenges by providing the following benefits.

  • Simple and rapid sample preparation
  • Automated analysis with a multi-position sample carousel, coupled with rapid data collection for higher throughput without operator intervention. 
  • High precision for major constituents.
  • Minimal maintenance for an at-line operation for low-cost-per-sample analysis. 
  • Non-technical operation of the instrument.

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