- X-ray diffraction is a highly useful semi-quantitative method for determining bulk materials and fines separates of a given sample.
- Approximately 1 gram of sample is required for whole material
analysis and 5-10 grams required for the average fines separates analysis.
- Bulk material is
crushed and analyzed to provide information on the majority components.
separation of the less than 5 micron fraction, or the less than 2 micron
fraction allows for a detailed study of those components, with a variety of
treatments used to enhance their characteristics.
- Identification of damaging
fines is very important in the completion and stimulation procedures
utilized by field personnel.