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Visual and Chemical Analysis of Steel Microstructure: Faster Rating of Steel Quality

A 2-Methods-In-1 Solution Combining Microscopy and Laser Spectroscopy

Simultaneous visual and chemical analysis of steel non-metallic inclusions with a 2-methods-in-1 solution, using optical microscopy and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), is described in this report. For rapid, confident decisions during steel quality control or failure analysis, having both microstructural and composition data is important. A 2-in-1 solution can reduce the cost and time for accurate steel inclusion analysis.

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Importance of Steel Quality

Steel is used for a variety of applications in diverse industries, such as transportation (automotive, ship, and railway), building construction, and energy (oil and gas pipelines). The performance and lifetime of a steel alloy depends on its quality. Steel quality is greatly determined by the microstructure (inclusions, grains, precipitates, and other phases) and composition. Therefore, metallographic analysis is essential for quality assessment, often done in accordance with ever stricter international, regional, and organizational standards. Visual and chemical analysis of the steel microstructure with a 2-in-1 solution enables cost-effective, reliable steel inspection and quality control. More information is available in the full report which can be obtained below.

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