Materials Science

Materials science
Our world is made of materials, and nearly every aspect of our lives is influenced by the materials around us. The development, accessibility, and affordability of materials helps drive technological and economic advances. Materials scientists aim to develop materials with the properties needed to meet the requirements of existing and developing applications. They investigate the relationship between the processing of different materials, the underlying structure of the materials that develop through this processing, and the materials properties that result from this structure. Often there is a trade-off of one property versus another, and a reasonable compromise between requirements must be found.  

To better understand how these properties develop, the materials must be characterized. EDAX provides a suite of characterization tools that can be applied to metals, ceramics, glasses, semiconductors, composites, and plastics. For example, EDS can determine the composition and phase distribution within a steel sample, which can influence the brittleness of the material. EBSD can measure the grain boundary structure within a solder connection in a microelectronic device, which influences the reliability of the device. Micro-XRF can measure the thickness of a thin film layer in a solar cell, which optimizes device efficiency. The EDAX suite of characterization tools helps materials scientists better understand their materials, their resulting properties, and gain insight necessary for materials development.
Additional Applications
Microstructure of a Stainless Steel Golf Club Head
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Transition from GBS