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X-ray Mineral Services Ltd

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X-ray Mineral Services

Here at X-ray Mineral Services we specialise in the analysis of materials using both X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) for a wide range of industrial sectors and academic institutions with material coming to us from all over the world.

X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

Used for phase identification of a crystalline material, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) is a rapid analytical technique which provides information on unit cell dimensions and can also be used for quantitative determination of the minerals present.

Here at X-ray Mineral Services we are experts at quantification of whole rock and clay fraction samples using industry standard methods, modern XRD machines and over 40 years of experience in analysing the data produced.

Whole Rock Quantification:

A semi-quantitative measurement of the total mineral content of a sample including a full interpretation particularly with respect to silica minerals, feldspar and carbonate compositions, evaporites (anhydrite/gypsum), zeolites and heavy minerals.

Clay Fraction Quantification:

A separation and quantification of the <2 micron clay fraction phases. Treatments to identify the components include glycolation and heating to 380C and 550C. Where feasible this analysis will provide information on:

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis can be used to provide information on the chemical composition of a sample but it does not indicate the phases present.

XRF can be used as a tool for identification of either the major elements or minor elements present depending on how the sample is prepared and the calibration of the XRF instrument.

Major Element Analysis: SiO2, TiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, MnO, MgO, CaO, Na2O, K2O, BaO, P2O5 and SO3 

Trace Element Analysis: V, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Se, Br, As, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, I, Cs, Ba, La, Hf, Ta, W, Pb, Bi, Ce, Nd, Th, U