Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was applied as a rapid routine method for the analysis of cemented tungsten carbides. Chromium, cobalt, iron, nickel, niobium, tantalum, titanium and zinc were selected as major, minor and trace constituents in the material investigated. In the first step, the sample was treated with hydrochloric and orthophosphoric acid. The second step consisted of the simultaneous addition of hydrofluoric and nitric acids. Cemented tungsten carbides dissolved completely, leaving only minor quantities of carbon in the solution. Multiple linear regression proved to be very effective in the search for interfering elements. Using simple acid based standards, all the elements investigated could be determined individually from the complicated matrix using an appropriate method of calculation. The method described was successfully applied to real type commercial samples. The advantages of the ICP-AES method in comparison with the XRF-method are discussed.
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