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X-ray Spectrographic Determination of Nickel and Molybdenum in Sintered Titanium Carbide Cermets

Volume 19, Number 6 (Nov. 1965) Page 195-196

Wagner, J.C.; Violante, E.J.


The manufacture of titanium carbide cutting tools requires a rapid analytical method for process control analysis. These cutting tools are essentially titanium carbide particles cemented with metallic nickel and molybdenum by liquid-phase sintering. The quality of the cutting tools is maintained by controlling the nickel and molybdenum content within a narrow range, at approximately 12 per cent. Since conventional chemical methods require about eight hours for a nickel and molybdenum analysis, this investigation was initiated to determine the feasibility of using x-ray spectrography for rapid process control analysis.