PANalytical has developed an application for the analysis of ferroalloys (in particular for FeSi), prepared as fused beads. By doing so, metallurgical and particle size effects are removed. Compared to classic methods, results are equivalent or better in accuracy and precision.
Ferroalloys are important components in metals production with iron and steel smelters as the leading customers of ferroalloys. Ferrosilicon (FeSi) is one of the most widely used ferroalloys with a high consumption rate. It is primarily used as source of silicon, where the Si content varies from 15 to more than 90%, affecting the final purchase price.