ASTM E539 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Analysis of Titanium Alloys by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

    Active Standard ASTM E539 | Developed by Subcommittee: E01.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.05


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    Significance and Use

    This method is suitable for providing data on the chemical composition of titanium alloys having compositions within the scope of the standard. It is intended for routine production control and for determination of chemical composition for the purpose of certifying material specification compliance. Additionally, the analytical performance data included with this method may be used as a benchmark to determine if similar X-ray spectrometers provide equivalent precision and accuracy.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the X-ray fluorescence analysis of titanium alloys for the following elements in the ranges indicated:

    ElementMass Fraction Range, %
    Aluminum0.041 to 8.00
    Chromium0.013 to 4.00
    Copper0.015 to 0.60
    Iron0.023 to 2.00
    Manganese0.003 to 9.50
    Molybdenum0.005 to 4.00
    Nickel0.005 to 0.80
    Niobium0.004 to 7.50
    Palladium0.014 to 0.200
    Ruthenium0.019 to 0.050
    Silicon0.014 to 0.15
    Tin0.017 to 3.00
    Vanadium0.017 to 15.50
    Yttrium0.0011 to 0.0100
    Zirconium0.007 to 4.00

    1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 10.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E135 Terminology Relating to Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E1172 Practice for Describing and Specifying a Wavelength-Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer

    E1329 Practice for Verification and Use of Control Charts in Spectrochemical Analysis

    E1361 Guide for Correction of Interelement Effects in X-Ray Spectrometric Analysis

    E1621 Guide for X-Ray Emission Spectrometric Analysis

    E1724 Guide for Testing and Certification of Metal, Ore, and Metal-Related Reference Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis); 77.120.50 (Titanium and titanium alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12141746(Titanium Ti); 41115403(Spectrometers)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0539-11

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