Published in 2014 by James Willis Consultants cc, Cape Town, South Africa

ISBN 978-0-620-62961-4

Printed in South Africa by Shumani Mills Communications

544 Pages, 253 Figures in full colour, 138 Tables, 240 x 168 x 30 mm

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Guidelines for XRF Analysis contains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about setting up successful X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analytical programmes. This book is loaded with detailed analytical guidelines for geological materials, commodities and industrial materials that are suited to analysis by XRF.

It is a one stop XRF reference manual, and no XRF laboratory should be without it.

Sample preparation describes well-tried and tested methods, and there is sufficient theory to enable the reader to gain maximum advantage from the book. Trace elements, grouped by spectral region, are carefully evaluated, and the authors, with a combined XRF experience of over 130 man years, share with you their accumulated knowledge, ‘tricks-of-the-trade’, and information on

• Optimum settings for WDXRF and EDXRF instrumentation

• The most suitable analyte spectral lines

• The best background positions to measure

• Identification and correction of line overlap, and

• Choice of procedures for matrix correction

Determine with confidence fluorine to uranium, atomic number 9 to 92, in a wide range of materials.

If you are working on any of the following commodities or materials, you need this book.  Commodities and materials chapters are self-contained and have all the information needed to analyse:

• Silicate rocks                                 • Refractories and ceramics

• Exploration samples                      • Plastics and polymers

• Alloys of precious metals               • Fuels, oils and wear metals

• Activated carbon and catalysts      • Metal alloys

• Ferrochrome & Ferromanganese   • Coal and coke

• Lateritic nickel ores                         • Environmental materials

• Iron ores and slags                         • Sulphide base metal ores

• Aluminium ores and alumina          • U ores & ‘Yellow cake’

• Mineral sands & heavy minerals     • Cements and carbonates
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