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Base Metals

Base metals such as copper, zinc, nickel and lead are assayed to provide accurate determinations for high value materials.

At SGS we can provide analysis of base metals including:

  • Ore-grade samples
  • Concentrates
  • Bullion
  • Smelted products
  • Recycled material
  • Electronic scrap
  • Other metal-bearing materials

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Through our global network of laboratories, SGS experts offer a variety of instrumental and classical techniques to ensure accurate base metal assays. We will help you select a method that is best for your sample type to ensure you get the data you need.

We also offer ore-grade analysis for samples containing percent levels of elements. We can offer different techniques depending on the concentrations of base metals in the sample.

ConcentrationMethod/instrumentType of sampleIn support of…
ppm - low %ICP-AESrocks & oresenvironmental, geochemical analysis
low %XRFores & metal productsmetallurgical support
high %classical methodsconcentrates, metalscommercial analysis (settlement, trade, umpire)

The following table is a selection of analytical methods and instruments SGS offers for copper, lead, zinc and nickel assays from 1% to 100%.

Base MetalMulti-Acid (4Acid)Sodium Peroxide FusionIndividual Methods
CopperAAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43BICP90A, ICP90BCON13V
LeadAAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43BICP90ACON07V
NickelAAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43BICP90A, ICP90BCON11V
ZincAAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43BICP90ACON12V

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