diffraction analysis is a semi-quantitative method used to determine a sample’s mineralogical composition, crystal structure,
and compositional percentages.
CMI uses rapid and thorough
powder diffraction techniques for sample analysis. Mineral identification of a sample is performed using the
International Center for Diffraction
Data (ICDD) card file data.
Mineral phase quantification is performed utilizing the relative
intensity ratio (RIR) method of analysis, currently utilizing MDI’s Jade 2010 analytical data interpretation software.
CMI offers a rapid turn around times of 3 - 5 days, with an optional rate increases for
rush (24 hours or less) samples and sample analysis outside of normal work hours.
XRD applications services offered at CMI include:
Bulk mineralogy (determination of sample mineral composition)
mineralogy ID, including air dried, heat treated, and ethylene glycol vapor treated
Scale Analysis to improve production and flow assurances.
of low resistivity pay zones via clays containing mineralogically bound water and other conductive minerals such as zeolites
of grain density to correct log–driven porosity, resulting in a more accurate estimate of hydrocarbons-in-place
Combined with EDX data analysis, which renders semi-quantitative
elemental compositional data, skilled interpretation XRD analysis is a very powerful problem solving tool.