Chemical Analysis of Contaminated Land (Sheffield Analytical by K. Clive Thompson, Paul Nathanail

By K. Clive Thompson, Paul Nathanail

Reference at the chemical research of doubtless infected land. Addresses all elements of the research, from supply of the samples to the laboratory to the presentation of the consequences to the consumers. For practitioners.

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G. leaching or fusion into glass beads). The quality of finished samples is carefully verified prior to their transfer from the preparation laboratory to analysts. The high productivity achieved by modern analytical instrumentation means that sample preparation is typically slower and considerably more labour intensive than chemical analysis. As a result there is often a considerable incentive to prepare samples as rapidly as possible, because the costs of analytical down time are usually very high.

Generally samples are prepared for only two or three analytical techniques, so it is unlikely that an individual sample would be subjected to all the processes shown. ) and a quality control system. The processes to which the samples are to be subjected, the condition of samples on receipt and their suitability for preparation are recorded and the appropriate administration is initiated. Even at this early stage it is not uncommon for unexpected charges to be incurred by the customer. Typically these charges relate to handling difficulties caused by the leakage of samples during transport, or by illegible or complex sample labels which inhibit the transfer of sample numbers into the sample administration system.

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