Materials characterisation and microstructural measurements are vital parts of Elkem’s progresses 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.
- General description of micro / macro structure
- Quantitative and qualitative determination of phases
- Porosity and crack measurements
- Reflectance measurements
- Asbestos surveys
- Grain Size measurements
- Particle measurements
- Image processing and analysis (Image Pro Plus, ImageJ)
- Programming and automation (IPBasic, java)
The group consists of 6 materials engineers with a 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 irons, silicon, steels, ferro-alloys, raw materials (coal, coke), plus ceramics and microsilica.
For over 15 years we have employed image analysis, and have 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 Electron Microscope (FEG-SEM), several optical microscopes and sample preparation tools.