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Sample preparation

When cutting a specimen from a larger piece of material, care must be taken to ensure that it is representative of the features found in the larger sample, or that it contains all the information required to investigate a feature of interest. One problem is that preparation of the specimen may change the microstructure of the material, for example through heating, chemical attack, or mechanical damage. The amount of damage depends on the method by which the specimen is cut and the material itself.

Correct and precise sample preparation results in sub-samples that are representative of the total sample and are essential to obtain accurate results. RMRC provide sample preparation for a wide range of materials including metallic materials, polymers, rocks, ores, process and recycled materials.

RMRC use international industry standards procedures combined with its technical expertise to prepare your samples. We offer a variety of crushing and pulverizing options for chemical analysis by XRF and XRD, vacuum arc melting furnace and coupon mold for spectrometer analysis, tensile, compression, impact, fatigue and creep test samples for both metallic and polymer materials.

A variety of different cutting tools and polishing substances are used to give the best image quality for metallography and scanning electron microscopy of metallic and non-metallic materials. Our skilled laboratory staff can help you to choose the best option, depending on the sample type, and your required standards.


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