Control of alloys and grades in the laboratory

Do you want to check the grade of your metal alloys?

What is an alloy and what is a grade?

An alloy is a metallic compound of varying purity containing primarily a metal and one or more other elements. These elements, called additions, can be metallic or non-metallic.

In addition, there are three main families of alloys:

  • Iron-based alloys such as steel which is a mixture of iron and carbon.
  • Alloys based on copper: for example bronze which is a mixture of copper and tin.
  • And finally, aluminum alloys.

Thus, the grade of a metal alloy is the definition of the composition of an alloy. This allows to determine and quantify the different constituents of an alloy and thus determine the fields of applications.

Why control an alloy and its grade?

Each metal alloy has a different composition which gives it properties combining those of its constituents. Therefore, alloys have specific properties and well-defined fields of use.

Indeed, the contents of the constituent elements of the alloys determine the different characteristics of a material such as its hardness, its melting point, its potential corrosion etc… and are thus capital parameters to be taken into account.

Thus, the control of an alloy makes it possible to ensure that the alloy used is adapted to the field of application and to avoid the risks of failures (corrosion, rupture, surface defect?).

FILAB supports you in the control of your alloys and their grades

Through our three levels of services: analysis, expertise and R&D support, FILAB assists companies of all sectors and sizes in solving their industrial problems by providing its clients with the know-how and experience of its team.

The FILAB laboratory has significant experience in the implementation of metal alloy analysis techniques as well as the development of specific methods for the determination of alloy grades.

FILAB can assist you with your chemical analysis, metallurgical analysis and alloy analysis expertise needs. 

Example of services

  • Control of metallic alloys by : ICP, SEM-FEG EDX, SEO, elementary analyzers C/S, N/O, H

  • Analysis of aluminum, thalium, gallium and indium

  • Control of metal alloys : ferrous and non-ferrous, stainless steels (NF EN 10088-1/2/3), titanium bases, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, aluminium, tin, cobalt...

Our accreditations

FILAB laboratory is accredited ISO 17025 by COFRAC for chemical analysis of metallic materials on the basis of steel, aluminum, nickel and titanium. 

FILAB laboratory is accredited by SAFRAN for chemical analysis of metallic alloys and powders (MA-0015).

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

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