X-ray Diffraction Analysis in the Petroleum Industry

XRD Lab Report - Scales and Corrosion Products


X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a powerful analytical tool that can be used to identify crystalline materials and quantify weight fractions in samples with multiple phases. In the petroleum industry, XRD finds use in a wide range of applications including: mineralogy and whole rock analysis, speciation and quantification of clay fractions, catalyst characterization, fly ash beneficiation, and analysis of scales and corrosion products.

In this report, we will focus on the latter of these applications and demonstrate the use of desktop XRD technology for qualitative and quantitative analysis of mineralogical scales and corrosion materials.