TERRA Portable XRD System From Innov-X

The Terra Mobile XRD System, a high performing, completely contained, battery operated, closed-beam portable XRD, provides full phase ID of major, minor and trace components with a quick XRF scan of elements Ca - U. Its unique, minimal sample prep technique and sample chamber allow for fast, in-field analysis.


The Terra Field Portable X-ray Diffraction/X-ray Fluorescence is, simply put, the evolution of X-ray diffraction analysis. The technology used in the portable rock and mineral analyzer received a prestigious R&D 100 award and was chosen to fly on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover scheduled for launch in 2011. Check out the NASA site for more.

Fieldwork Compatible

The Terra is the first truly portable combination XRF/XRD system designed specifically for rock and mineral analysis. Now field XRD work can really be done in the field. The Terra can be configured with everything you need to acquire and analyze diffraction data in a rugged compact case. With a patented sample handling system, not only is sample preparation time minimized, but accuracy in peak identification previously only available using laboratory based systems can be achieved.

Key Features of the Terrafield portable XRD system:

  • Self-contained instrument - battery operated
  • Very simple sample preparation
  • loose powders (~20mg of sample)
  • sieve sample to <150µm
  • Easy to use, single button operation
  • True 2D powder XRD instrument
  • Provides image of XRD pattern
  • See particle influences or prefered orientation
  • Energy discrimination X-ray detector
  • Eliminate Fluorescence, scatter and other background
  • XRF spectral data for pattern confirmation

Applications

Mining & Ores

  • Iron Ore - Quickly analyze iron rich ore with Xpowder's Reference Intenstiy Ratios to automatically generate quantitative compositions of the samples even when certain phases are completely absent - quartz, hematite, goethite, magnetite & more
  • Calcite in Coal - Quantify calcite (CaCO3), a mineral identified as reducing the efficiency of the raw material fuel in a coal-fired plant, to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions
  • Potash - Analyze potash for phase identification and semiquantitative analysis of identified minerals such as sylvite, halite, langbenite and leonite. For further refinement, Sietronics Siroquant is available
  • Limestone & Cement - Easily perform quantitative analysis of common minerals associated with limestone - alpha-quartz, asbestos minerals, calcite, dolomite and more. In cases where the quarry contains various levels of dolomite, the Terra quickly determines this mineral in the range of 0.50 to 9.0% with an error of only 0.02%.

Petrochemical

  • Mudlogging – Perform mineral ID and quantification on shale cuttings in the field for rapid feedback at drilling sites Simplify "chasing the vein" of a given mineral strata.
  • Pipelines - Terra Smart Sense enables optimum peak-to-background performance to identify and quantify corrosion materials on pipelines Simultaneous XRF measurements give rapid identification of elemental constituents.
  • Easily reanalyze mine tailings to determine mill performance or evaluate historical projects.

Fast HAZMAT ID

  • Rapidly ID dangerous hazardous materials on-site for local & global security
  • Identify explosives, fusing materials & accelerants on location
  • ID & quantify suspected hazardous materials: azide's PETN, black powder's KClO3, KClO4 & KNO3, flash powder's KClO3 & cascandite
  • Quickly identify asbestos containing insulation in the field
  • NIOSH & EPA XRD Methods for chrysotile identification

Pharmaceuticals

  • Rapid ID of counterfeit pharmaceuticals
  • Fast, non-destructive fingerprinting of drug formulations & precursors
  • Test for presence and quantity of active and inactive, foreign or substitute ingredients
  • Fast XRD screening ensures patient safety and safeguards legitimate pharmaceutical manufacturers' branding

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