IPL performs metal analysis by ICP OES (Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy). This is a rapid, sensitive and convenient way to determine concentrations of metals in both organic and aqueous samples. Detection levels are determined by sample matrix.
Sample types include:
|Produced Water||Wax Distillates|
|Waste Water||Turbine Fuel|
* IPL employs various analytical methods to test for Mercury and trace Mercury. View our mercury webpage.
Why analyse for metals?
Metal analysis can occur in various sample types and for a number of reasons.
- Hydrocarbons: Analysis is usually performed to identify the presence or absence of wear metals, contaminants and additives.
- Aqueous samples: Metal analysis is often carried out to check water quality or to quantify contaminants.
- Health and Safety: There is a need for metal testing due to the effects that certain heavy metals have on our health and environment
In a nutshell, testing can be performed to ensure resource consents are met, to find out the chemical composition of a sample and as a problem solving tool to help identify contaminants. Knowing what is in your sample can help determine the potential impact on the environment and consequently on your health.