1 February 2019

As part of Cokebusters services to the petroleum sector Cokebusters have introduced independent mineralogical and chemical analysis of coke deposits using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) to complement their market-leading decoking and inline inspection services.


It is often necessary to identify down-hole corrosion or reaction products, scale materials, and any residual solids formed during petroleum production.

The types of materials vary and include iron or calcium carbonates, iron oxides and sulphides, drilling mud such as bentonite or barite, and toxic reaction products. The most convenient and rapid techniques used in this case are XRD employing a Whole rock type analysis and XRF major element analysis.

To deliver this service, Cokebusters have formed an alliance with X-ray Mineral Services Ltd, an independent company established in 1997 to provide high quality X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analytical services.
X-ray Mineral Services Ltd maintain a fully equipped laboratory in the UK and offer confidential, comprehensive and efficient XRD and XRF analyses using fully trained and experienced personnel.

X-ray Mineral Services Ltd laboratory is equipped for the most advanced XRD and XRF analytical techniques including spray drying facilities for preparation of bulk-rock XRD powders together with innovative interpretation software including ‘Search-Match’ with PDF-4 (Minerals) ICDD database, ‘Siroquant’ and ‘Autoquan’ for XRD quantitative phase analysis and High Score+ with PDF-4 (Minerals) database for interpretation and Rietveld analysis.

Click here to visit the X-ray Mineral Services Ltd website.


Lee Rhodes

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