Cu-base – for elemental analysis of a wide range of Cu alloys


‘Copper-base’ (Cu-base) is a term used to describe a range of alloys where Cu is the principal component. In order to make the materials suitable for different applications (e.g. the manufacture of coinage, bells, a wide range of mechanical equipment and electrical wiring), Cu is normally alloyed with elements such as Sn, Zn, Ni, Al, and Pb. During the production process fast elemental analysis is needed to minimize errors in production and maximize production yield.

The Cu-base-FP package, including applicable calibration standards, covers the analysis of this wide range of Cu alloys by using Malvern Panalytical’s Fundamental Parameter (FP) model.

The Cu-base-FP module comes with a suite of carefully selected certified reference samples and application template for easy method setup. The module allows very accurate and precise analysis of a wide range of Cu-based materials:

• Bronze

• Aluminum bronze

• Phosphor bronze

• Leaded bronze

• Brass

• Alloyed brass

• Leaded brass

Malvern Panalytical’s Fundamental Parameter (FP) model

The Cu-base-FP module is designed to be used in combination with Malvern Panalytical’s FP algorithm used in the SuperQ software, which calculates matrix corrections from the theoretical principles governing the physics of X-rays. As such, FP models have a significant advantage over more traditional influence coefficient-based matrix corrections, e.g. theoretical alphas or empirical corrections. Unlike theoretical alphas calculations, the FP model calculates matrix corrections that are specific to each sample. This enables accurate analyses over wide concentration ranges and many different sample types.

Cu-base-FP module 

The Cu-base module comprises of:

• 23 carefully selected certified reference samples

• 2 drift monitor samples

• A suitcase for safe storage