Studies have been made of the application of X-ray spectrography to continuous analysis for process control. To date the most widespread application of fluorescent X-ray spectrography to process control has been in measurement of plating thickness. Realizing that many other processes could use a method of continuous analysis of moving materials, these studies were undertaken.
A modified tube housing and sample holder was constructed so that material could be passed through the X-ray beam, of a conventional X-ray spectrograph at various linear speeds. Detectability versus material speeds were studied for a number of elements in various mediums.
Application of fluorescent X-ray spectrography as a continuous analytical tool looks very promising. Further studies on specific plant problems should provide useful and advantageous industrial applications of the basic information developed here.