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    ASTM E539 - 19

    Standard Test Method for Analysis of Titanium Alloys by Wavelength Dispersive 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

    5.1 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.

    5.2 Compositions outside the ranges in 1.1 may be reported if proper method validation is performed. Refer to Guide E2857 for information on method validation.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method2 covers the X-ray fluorescence analysis of titanium alloys for the following elements in the ranges indicated:


    Range, %


    0.041 to 8.00


    0.013 to 4.00


    0.015 to 0.60


    0.023 to 2.00


    0.003 to 9.50


    0.005 to 4.00


    0.005 to 0.80


    0.004 to 7.50


    0.014 to 0.200


    0.019 to 0.050


    0.014 to 0.15


    0.017 to 3.00


    0.017 to 15.50


    0.0011 to 0.0100


    0.007 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 10.

    1.3 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    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

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    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 Elemental Analysis by Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

    E2857 Guide for Validating Analytical Methods

    E2972 Guide for Production, Testing, and Value Assignment of In-House Reference Materials for Metals, Ores, and Other Related 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)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E0539-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM E539-19, Standard Test Method for Analysis of Titanium Alloys by Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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