Quantitative Mineralogy (QEMSCAN®)

SRC's Advanced Microanalysis Centre™ services include automated mineral analysis using an FEI Quanta 650 field emission QEMSCAN®.

The QEMSCAN® service is used in mineral processing to assess the grain size distribution, as well as the mineral association and liberation characteristics, of key minerals in order to design more efficient recovery processes.

In mineral exploration, QEMSCAN® can be used to provide a quantitative modal analysis and virtual petrography on thin sections and core; information that is useful in aiding target prioritization. QEMSCAN® analysis in oil and gas exploration can be used to quantify and characterize the porosity of fine-grained reservoir rocks as part of the virtual petrography and modal mineralogical analysis.

Frac Sand Services

SRC has developed a method of testing frac sand that has improved the standard methods of the ISO 13503-2 recommendations. The analysis is done using the QEMSCAN®, with typically 3,000-5,000 grains analyzed for sphericity, roundness and composition. Our method provides superior statistics and a more reliable, reproducible and representative measurement. Learn more.

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