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9202 submitter file1 Al Intermetallic 03

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ASSESSMENT COMMENTS ON METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS
AURORA, TXALUMINUM SAMPLE
 Anonymous, PA, 2008
1.1 Introduction
In 1973, samples from a mass of aluminum were sent by John F. Schluesser to several metallurgical labsfor analysis. From the photographs it appears to be an irregular chip-like mass approximately 3 cm x 2cm by 1 cm. In the published documents, it is claimed to have been received from Bill Case of Dallas,TX on June 19, 1973. Mr. Case reportedly found it beneath 4 inches of soil in a field in Aurora TX,lodged against a limestone rock face.
Figure 1. Photographs of aluminum sample obtained from B. Case, 1973. Numbers on top scale correspond to0.1 inch.
As this was an amateur investigation, there is no documentation of proof that the sample came from thislocation. Furthermore, as its provenance is associated with Mr. Schuessler and Mr. Case, both associatedwith studies of paranormal phenomena and hoaxes, it is highly questionable that this sample was found inthe location stated. There is no information regarding the age of the sample. Nonetheless, the sample didexist in 1973, and was subjected to seemingly valid metallurgical analysis. It is on these results that wecomment.
1.2 Analytical Results
 
Figure 2. Sketch of sample and its sectioning into multiple samples for analysis (Schuessler documentation1973)
The sample was apparently sectioned and sent to several analysis labs. The results are tabulated below.
1.2.1 EDAX Analysis
Robert J. Danmeller, Marion Russo, (organization not given)In the documentation, it states this organization was given sample #2, but from their sketches, however, itappears they may have been sent sample #1. Analysis was conducted using SEM imaging and EDAXcomposition analysis.Runs 1-4 were taken from the face of a surface exposed by the sectioning, andcorrespond to the interior of the sample. EDAX specra indicates strong Al peak with 2 secondary peakslabeled Fe. Run 5 was taken from an exterior surface region.
Material
Peak Actual(keV)Run 1interiorRun 2interiorRun 3interiorRun 4interiorRun 5surfaceReported(keV)
MgK
α
1
 1.254 -- -- -- -- --Mg K-edge 1.303 -- -- -- -- --AlK
α
1
 1.487 4000* 4000* 4000* 4000* 4000 1.45 (Al)Al K-edge 1.560 -- -- -- -- --SiK
α
1
 1.740 -- -- -- -- 304 1.70 (Si)Si K-edge 1.840 -- -- -- -- --SK
α
1
 2.308 -- -- -- -- --PbM
α
1
 2.346 -- -- -- -- 194 2.35 (Pb)BiM
α
1
 2.423 -- -- -- -- --S K-edge 2.470 -- -- -- -- --ClK
α
1
 2.622 -- -- -- -- 122 2.65 (Cl)KK
α
1
 3.314 -- -- -- -- 161 3.30 (K)K K-edge 3.608 -- -- -- -- --CaK
α
1
 3.692 -- -- -- -- 168 3.70 (Ca)TiK
α
1
 4.511 -- -- -- -- 615 4.50 (Ti)Ti K-edge 4.965 -- -- -- -- 137 4.95 (Ti)CrK
α
1
 5.415 -- -- -- -- --MnK
α
1
 5.899 -- -- -- -- --Cr K-edge 5.989 -- -- -- -- --FeK
α
1
 6.404 100* 200* 1400* 100* 217 6.40 (Fe)Mn K-edge 6.538 -- -- -- -- --Fe K-edge 7.111 -- 30* 200* -- 66 7.05 (Fe)NiK
α
1
 7.478 -- -- -- -- --CuK
α
1
 8.048 -- -- -- -- --Cu K-edge 8.980 -- -- -- -- --ZnK
α
1
 8.639 -- -- -- -- --Zn K-edge 9.661 -- -- -- -- --PbL
α
1
 10.55 -- -- -- -- 54 10.55 (Pb)BiL
α
1
 10.84 -- -- -- -- --
Table 1. Peak intensities from EDAX analysis on metallurgical sample taken at 4 interior locations (Runs 1-4)and one location on the exterior surface (Run 5). Data in rightmost column are peak locations reported, along withthe material they were indexed to. (*) indicates estimate from EDAX screen shots
Energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) is useful for identifying the presence of elements in an alloy, butquantitative composition measurement requires careful calibration to known standards. Nonetheless,
 
there is no observable Cu or Zn found anywhere in the sample. This suggests the sample is a pure Al-Fealloy, with some surface contamination.
1.2.2 MDRL Laboratory
Ronald A. Weiss, Sr. Group Engineer, McDonnell-Douglas Research LaboratoryThe analysis was conducted by J.E. Holliday using X-Ray fluorescence and soft X-Ray spectroscopy. Itis stated they were given sample #1
Material XRayfluorescenceSoft X-Rayspectroscopy
Al 0.95 0.98Fe 0.05 0.01-0.02
Table 2. Composition of metallurgical sample determined by x-ray analysis
In this analysis, Holliday reports the presence of cavities often associated with shrinking, and an overallmicrostructure consistent with solidification processing. He identifies small crystals of Fe-Alintermetallic compound. It is noted they are more numerous near the outer surface than in the interior.The percentage of Fe is higher in the XRF signal because it samples the enitre cut surface, while the softX-ray spectroscopy samples only a 1mm x 3mm spot on the cut surface, initially located in the interior of the sample. The second phase inclusions are described as needle-like, but their sizes are not given.
1.2.3 Spectro-Chemical Research Laboratories
3300 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago IL 60625, Bernard B. HauserThis analysis by an independent lab appears to have been ordered by Art Bethke, (Motorola?). It is notclear if this sample is from the same where this sample was cut from. Bethke later reported thecomposition most closely matched the 2011 alloy. The standard composition range for this alloy isshown for comparison the Table below.
Material Sample Alloy 2011
Al balance balanceCu 5.68 5.0-6.0Zn 0.02 0.30 maxFe 0.38 0.7 maxSi 0.26 0.40 maxMn 0.02 (<0.05)Ni -- (<0.05)Mg 0.01 (<0.05)Ti trace (<0.05)Pb -- 0.20-0.6Bi -- 0.20-0.6
Table 3. Measured composition of metallurgical sample, with commercial aluminum alloy 2011 shown forcomparison.
These results indicate the presence a large amount of copper, along with other components that suggestthis is likely a commercial alloy, in contrast to the other analyzed samples.
1.2.4 Antsas Technical Services EDAX analysis
Antsas Technical Services,

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