Definition - What does X-Rays mean?

X-rays are the main component of X-radiation. It is a type of electromagnetic radiation with a typical wavelength measuring around 0.01-10 nanometers.

It is known to have more energy and shorter wavelengths than ultraviolet light. However, it has very tiny wavelengths that are no larger than an atom of most elements.

Corrosionpedia explains X-Rays

X-rays have many distinct properties. In medicine, this type of radiation can disrupt bonds of molecules through its ionizing action. High doses can lead to sickness and affect body cells. However, in proper dosages, this can be used in the treatment of malignant cancer cells.

It is also known for capturing images of objects within opaque items, such as human body. Yet, its role in corrosion analysis is also important. For instance, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) is one of the best techniques in corrosion products analysis. This method instantly provides vital information regarding phase composition involving solid materials.

A more detailed determination of phase compositions is vital for understanding the corrosion process in a much better and accurate manner. Various phases build in different environments and situations. Obtaining information about the various chemical phases can both elaborate the corrosion process as well as point the root of corrosion in a certain facility, helping to find the proper solutions.

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