Nikkei MC Aluminium performs various analyses, evaluations, material tests, and aluminum alloy prototyping in partnership with the Nikkei Research and Development Center of the Nippon Light Metal Group.
Analyzes the components of ingots and products.
|Optical emission spectroscopy (OES)||Component analysis by optical emission spectroscopy|
|Chemical analysis||Component analysis by chemical analysis|
|Glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GD-OES)||Component analysis of surface (4 mm × 4 mm)|
|Electron probe X-ray microanalyzer (EPMA)||Qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses
Electron beam imaging, X-ray imaging, and elemental mapping are available.
|X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)||Qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis|
|X-ray diffraction (XRD)||Material identification analysis|
Observes and evaluates the structures of ingots and products.
|Microstructure observations||Observations of microstructures of sample cross sections
DAS measurements and other imaging analysis are also available.
|Macrostructure observation||Observations of macrostructures by macro etching method
Grain size, shape, distribution
|Staining flaw detection method
|Observations of porosity by staining flaw detection method (color check)|
|Stereoscopic observation||Observations of sample surfaces by stereomicroscope|
|Scanning electron microscopy observation (SEM)||Observations of sample surfaces and component analysis|
|Transmission electron microscopy observation (TEM)||Observations of internal structures of a sample|
Measures the mechanical properties of ingots and products.
|Hardness test||Measurements of Rockwell hardness, Vickers hardness, and Brinell hardness|
|Tensile test||Measurements of tensile strength, 0.2% proof strength, and elongation
This test can be performed both at room and high temperatures.
|Fatigue test||Fatigue test via rotation bending and plane bending|
|Charpy impact test||Evaluation of the toughness of a material|
|Electrical conductivity measurement||Measurement of electrical conductivity by sigma test method
Conversion to thermal conductivity is also available.
|Specific gravity measurement||Measurement of specific gravity by Archimedes' method|
|Corrosion test||Measurement of corrosion amounts by CASS and other salt spray test methods.|
Evaluates the quality of molten metal.
K mold method
|Evaluation of inclusions in molten metal
Measurements of K value (observation magnification ×1), K3 value (observation magnification ×3), and K10 value (observation magnification ×10)
|Evaluation of cleanliness of molten metal
Measurements of filtration rate, inclusion content, and oxide film length
|Gas analysis||Analysis of gas amounts by the Ransley gas analysis method and LECO method
Measurements of total gas amount and hydrogen gas content (Ransley method only)
|Molten metal shrinkage test
Theta mold method
|Evaluation of shrinkage caused by contraction associated with solidification
Measurements of external shrinkage and porosity
|Molten metal fluidity test
Shell spiral method
|Evaluation of fluidity of the molten metal during solidification
Measurement of flow length (length reached by molten metal in the shell)
|Molten metal thermal analysis||Analysis of solidification curve using shell sand molds|
Prepares ingots and die cast plates.
|Casting||Preparation of ingots
Composition and shape are negotiable.
|Heat treatment||Artificial aging treatment, quenching, and solution heat treatment|
|Die-casting prototyping||Dimensions: 180 × 150 × 3/6/12 mm
Alloy types and other dimensions are negotiable.
|Low-pressure solidification sample preparation||Preparation of boundary sample by low-pressure solidification
Measurements of amount of gas are also available.
Tests other than those listed above are negotiable.