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Quantitative determination of retained austenite (RA) - ASTM E975

PANalytical offers a push-button solution according to the ASTM E975 norm, for the quantitative determination of retained austenite using X-ray diffraction. The method provides reliable results and is compliant with international normalization. The dedicated retained austenite software module is easy to use and can be run also by less experienced operators.

In the tool-steel industry, excessive retained austenite - produced as a consequence of the hardening process to which steel is subjected - is universally considered to be detrimental. Therefore, in order to improve the quality of steel it is crucial to carefully quantify the retained austenite phase.

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