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Analysis of cast iron

Cast irons are a family of ferrous metals with a wide range of properties that are produced by being cast into shape instead of being formed. Cast irons contain 2 to 4 wt% carbon and 1 to 3 wt% silicon, but a wide range of elements are used to control specific properties. Cast irons have a wide range of mechanical properties which make them suitable for use in engineering components. The wide spread use of cast iron is a result of its low cost and versatile properties.

Speed, precision, stability, sensitivity and accuracy are important criteria applied by the cast iron manufacturer in using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry as a method of analysis.

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