Metals: Ni, Fe and Co alloys

Turnkey solution for accurate elemental analysis of special steels, high-temperature alloys and superalloys

Special steels, high-temperature alloys and superalloys are used in a wide variety of high-performance components for their characteristics such as durability, hardness, temperature stability and corrosion resistance. The production of high-specification steels requires process and quality control with very strict tolerances. The challenges of analyzing a large variety of alloying elements with wide ranges of concentrations by XRF are well known to the metals industry. In particular, the required matrix corrections and the large number of reference materials required for high-quality results are generally a concern.

Expertise program for XRF analysis of Ni, Fe and Co based alloys

The NiFeCo Expertise program delivers a complete methodology from sample preparation to quality assurance for elemental analysis in NiFeCo based metals using XRF and covers stainless steel, high speed steel, tool steel, mild steel, nimonic steels, Inconel, high Mn steel and Ni alloy.

The following elements and concentration ranges are covered:

Element Concentration range (wt%) Element

Concentration range (wt%)

Al 0.01 – 6 Cu 0.01 – 30
Si 0.01 – 2.4 Y 0.01 – 0.3
P 0.01 – 0.3 Zr 0.01 – 0.4
S 0.01 – 0.1 Nb 0.01 – 6.3
Ti 0.01 - 4 Mo 0.01 – 21
V 0.01 – 3 Hf 0.01 – 1.3
Cr 0.01 – 24 Ta 0.01 – 7.2
Mn 0.01 – 15 W 0.01 – 15
Fe 0.01 – 78 Re 0.01 – 5.4
Co 0.01 – 63 Pt 0.01 – 0.3
Ni 0.01 – 64

In addition to standards, the program includes a complete methodology, from sample preparation to quality assurance, to be used with Malvern Panalytical’s XRF systems.


  • 6 calibration setup samples, traceable to more than 120 CRMs, 2 drift monitor samples and method setup templates
  • Setup of optimized analysis program and system calibration, enabling best throughput and accurate results, as well as easy routine analysis by factory operators
  • Setup of calibration maintenance procedure
  • Advice on workflow optimization
  • Advice on efficient preparation of samples
  • User training and documentation


  • Statistical Process Control for WD XRF systems*, for setting up QA/QC workflows


  • Malvern Panalytical XRF spectrometer: ZetiumAxios, or MagiX WD XRF systems
  • Sample preparation equipment

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* SPC is already included with Zetium systems