scanning electron microscopy

various materials analysis – scanning electron microscopy

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scanning electron microscopy

scanning electron microscopy

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) uses electrons instead of light to form a high resolution image. Since their development in the early 1950’s, scanning electron microscopes have developed new areas of study in the medical and physical science communities. The main advantage of the SEM compared with the conventional optical microscope is the much higher resolution, so samples can be magnified at much higher levels. Because the SEM uses electron sensors rather than lenses, the operator has much more control in the degree of magnification.

SEM is one of the most powerful techniques to examine the surface properties and the morphology of polymers and plastics. SEM technique is a key tool in the failure analysis of plastics, as it can provide precise information about the crack initiation and propagation, as well as look for particle and dust contamination.

impact solutions, in collaboration, with Napier University has direct access to a latest technology SEM equipped with an EDX for powerful material identification.

why impact?

Some members of impact’s team have over 30 years of polymer experience, with over 120 years combined, and are internationally regarded as product experts including sitting on various CEN committees and being a notified body for construction products (Note because of our notified body status we cannot undertake consultancy on oil storage tanks), we can often identify potential sources of weakness in products without even undertaken testing using our experience.

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