Materials characterisation

Materials characterisation and microstructural measurements are vital parts of Elkem’s innovations in the fields of process and material understanding. By gaining material insights, researchers and process engineers are able to understand the relation between microstructure and properties of their material. Based on exact microstructure observations scientists can develop both existing and new products. 

Examples of our services:

  • Asbestos surveys
  • Crack measurements
  • Defect analysis of cast iron and aluminium
  • Fractography
  • General description of microstructure and macrostructure
  • Grain Size measurements
  • Image processing and analysis (Image Pro Plus, ImageJ)
  • Porosity measurements
  • Powder characterisation
  • Programming and automation (IPBasic, java)
  • Quantitative and qualitative determination of phases
  • Reflectance measurements

The group consists of materials engineers with  wide experience in materials characterisation. Our backgrounds are from material, metallurgical and chemical sciences. We offer our expertise to solve challenges within raw materials, processes and products for both Elkem and external customers.

We investigate most types of materials, and have special skills on aluminium, cast iron, silicon, steel, ferro-alloys, raw materials (coal, coke), plus ceramics and microsilica.

We have over the past 15 years employed image analysis and gained great experience in the field of digital image processing. Developing measuring tools through batch processing of images is one of the main tools to solve today's material challenges. We offer beginner courses in image processing and programming.

The laboratory consists of a "state of the art" Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG-SEM), including EDX detector and AMICS software, several optical microscopes and sample preparation tools.