This text is a compilation of practical information on the analysis of mineral type materials and products by the fused, cast bead method. It discusses the necessary equipment and its use; the processes involved in loss of ignition and decomposition by fusion and their chemistry. The book is also concerned with spectrometric parameters and the analytical procedures for a wide range of materials which, together with tables in the appendices, aim to allow easy reference to the parameters to be adopted to follow a defined procedure for most types of sample. The overall aim of the work is to help towards standardizing procedures, equipment and software, which should help to reduce costs and make for a better inter-laboratory comparison of results.
Harry Bennett and Graham J. Oliver are the authors of XRF Analysis of Ceramics, Minerals and Allied Materials, published by Wiley.
Apparatus and equipment; determination of non-XRF elements; determination of loss on ignition; decomposition by fusion; selection of instrument parameters; selection of element lines; the standard procedure; calibration; presentation of the bead and completion; routine techniques for material types; procedures for silica/alumina range materials; procedures for calcium - rich materials; procedures for magnesium rich materials; procedures for zirconium/silica materials; procedures for oxides and titanates; procedures for glasses, glazes and frits; procedures for reduced materials; procedures for samples of unknown composition; loss on ignition techniques; specific fusion techniques; problem elements and oxides; certified reference materials; laboratory accreditation.