Material analysis

Material analysis

Because of our own laboratory and our partnership with various institutes, universities (TU/e) and businesses MATinspired is able to offer you a wide range of methods of material analysis and surface analysis. With the obtained insights we are able to improve your product. Furhtermore, we are able to create prototypes.

Feel free to contact us for more information about the possibilities, costs or time of delivery.

To give you an idea what we can do for you, here are some examples of elaborate analysis

Methods of material analysis

Microstructure and phase-analysis
  • Optical microscopy on microstructures (metallography)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EBSD and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX)
  • Derivation of phase diagrams of alloys using Thermo-Calc
Failure analysis
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Magnetic properties
  • Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) to measure the hysteresis curve.
  • Magnetic Optical Kerr (Moke) microscopy
Contamination analysis
  • Analysis of contamination in fluids and material surfaces
Optical properties
  • Photoluminescence measurements
  • Photoconductance lifetime measurements
  • Ellipsometry (refraction index and absorption coefficient)
Material testing
Mechanical tests
  • Notched-bar (impact) test
  • Scratch and eroision analysis
  • Hardness measurements, such as Vickers, Knoop and Rockwell hardness
  • Elasticity modulus measurements using GrindoSonic
  • Surface tension
  • Tensile-strength
Chemical tests
  • Chemical corriosion
  • Weathering
Lasnaad etsen
Chemical composition
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)
  • Arc/Spark-OES
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX)
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Raman Spectroscopie
  • Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopie
  • Secondary Ions Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS)
  • Auger Electronen Spectroscopie
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Measuring roughness
  • Interferometry
  • Perthometry
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
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Thin layer analysis
  • Glow discharge – optical emission spectroscopy (GD-OES / GDOES) to measure concentration profiles of chemical compositions
  • Microscopy (optical and/or SEM) on prepared cross sections
  • Ellipsometry: Horiba Uvisel Ellipsometer to measure thicknesses of thin layers
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) with ion sputtering
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS )with ion sputtering

Samples we are able to prepare include the following:

  • 3D prints of various metals, such as tungsten, titanium and aluminium
  • Samples with various heat treatments
  • Samples with various welding methods
  • Cement and composite samples using various composites and process conditions
Surface treatment for prototyping

In addition, we are able to apply various types of surface treatment to prototypes. These include:

  • Surface hardening through:
    – Carburising
    – Nitriding
    – Carbonitriding
    – Cyaniding
    – Flame hardening
    – Laser treatment
  • Deposition of thin layers/films with
    – Chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
    – Expanding thermal plasma chemical vapour deposition (ETP-CVD)

– Physical vapour deposition (PVD)
– Atomic layer deposition (ALD)

  • Passivation of surfaces through
    – Chroming
    – Anodising
    – Plasma/electrolytic oxidation
  • Electro-deposition of, for example, Zn, Ni, Cr, Cu and Ag layers

We are able to modify the surface of prototypes through:

  • Etching, by means of chemical etching, electrolytic etching and plasma etching, for example
  • Polishing:
    – Mechanical polishing
    – Electrolytic polishing
    – Flame polishing
    – Laser polishing
    – Plasma polishing
  • Surface cleaning methods:
    – Ozone treatment
    – UV treatment
    – Plasma treatment
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