Mining Iron and Nickel
SGS has the global technical expertise to supply chemical analyses or assays for iron and nickel.
We have the locations, independence, consistency and quality compliance requirements you need. Our experts will discuss with you what of detection, precision or accuracy you require, and then help you select the method that will best suit your purpose.
Iron and nickel can be analyzed in the following packages:
|2 Acid / Aqua Regia||Multi-Acid (4 Acid)||Sodium Peroxide Fusion||Lithium Metaborate Fusion||XRF||Individual Methods||MMI|
|Nickel||ICP12B & ICP14B, IMS12B & IMS14B, ICM12B & ICM14B||ICP40B, ICM40B, AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A, ICP90B, ICM90A||IMS95A||Pyrosulfate Fusion XRF||CON07V, CSE04V||MMI-M, MMI-ME|
|Iron||ICP12B & ICP14B, IMS12B & IMS14B, ICM12B & ICM14B||ICP40B, ICM40B, AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A, ICP90B, ICM90A||ICP95A||XRF76C, Pyrosulfate Fusion XRF||CLA01A, CON08V||MMI-M, MMI-ME|
To select the method that is right for your purpose, please carefully review the measurement ranges and intended application. For example, MMI is a leach used for exploration, whereas Dimethylglyoxime (CON07V) is used for high concentrations of nickel in metal.
Iron Ore Analysis of Majors and Minors by Fusion-XRF
Iron ore occurs in many mineral forms (hematite, magnetite, goethite, limonite or siderite) and each has specific analysis requirements. Borate fusion with XRF analysis is an extremely robust technique for major and minor elemental analysis in complex mineralization and offers highly precise and accurate results for iron ore samples. This method is not suitable for high sulfide materials >1%.
Borate fusion with XRF for majors - Al2O3, CaO, Cr2O3, K2O, MgO, MnO, Na2O, P2O5, Fe2O3, SiO2, TiO2, V2O5, SUM, LOI and S as SO3 and minors As, Ba, Cl, Co,
Cu, Ni, Pb, Sn, Sr, Ta, V, Zn, Zr
Available at specific sites only.
Nickel Laterite Analysis
ICP90B - Sodium Peroxide Fusion / ICP-AES – Nickel Laterite Package (Includes drying at 105°C for 8 hrs.)
|Al2O3||0.01 – 25%||Fe2O3||0.01 – 30%||P2O5||0.01 – 25%|
|CaO||0.1 – 35%||K2O||0.1 – 25%||SiO2||0.01 – 25%|
|Cr||0.01 – 10%||MgO||0.01 – 30%||TiO2||0.01 – 25%|
|Co||0.01 – 10%||MnO||0.01 – 10%|
|Cu||0.01 – 10%||Ni||0.01 – 10%|
At every stage of your project, SGS chemists perform quality, rapid-turnaround analyses targeting a wide variety of elements in many types of sample matrices. We have firmly committed to advanced technology, and this commitment ensures we can deliver on our promise to provide benchmark-setting services.
Iron and nickel services in the USA
The service in which you are interested is not currently available in the USA. However, SGS has an extensive network of laboratories in Canada, ranging from our Centers of Excellence in Toronto and Lakefield, to our regional service labs in Vancouver, Red Lake and Cochrane and our sample preparation and on-site mine labs in Sudbury and the Yukon. We bring you over 50 years of experience in:
- Fire assay by lead and nickel preconcentration
- MMITM (Mobile Metal Ion) analysis (Toronto only)
- Multi-element ICP-AES and ICP-MS analysis preceded by various digestion techniques
- X-ray fluorescence
- Environmental analysis
- Ore and commercial assays
Contact us to find out more.