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Understanding X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Positive Material Indentification (PMI)

By Ted Shields, Portable Products Manager, Analytical Instruments at Olympus America, and Michael W. Hull, Applications Scientist at Olympus America. July 23, 2019

Introduction

Our mission at Inspectioneering is to consistently bring valuable information and resources to our audience of mechanical integrity professionals in the O&G and process industries. Part of that responsibility is seeking out experts in different fields to share their knowledge and experience with the Inspectioneering community. In this latest guest blog, our friends at Olympus America share some of their most frequently fielded questions regarding X-Ray Flourescence (XRF), an established non-destructive testing (NDT) technique used in a variety of industries. Some important considerations when using XRF for Positive Material Identification (PMI) are also discussed.

Frequently Asked XRF Questions

What is XRF?

XRF stands for X-ray fluorescence. It’s a powerful, nondestructive technique for measuring...

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