Progress in x-ray scanning means drilling sites can be analysed without the need for highly trained operators, says Karsten Knoor who is Global Product Manager, at Bruker.

He is a speaker on the third day of THE OGP Summit 2016, talking about X-ray diffraction in the petrochemical industry. The conference is part of Cape Industries Showcase 2016 in Cape Town running from September 6 to 8.

CIS: Tell us something about you 
Karsten Knorr:  I have more than 25 years of experience in X-ray analytics. My recent position with Bruker AXS, which is a leading supplier of analytical equipment) is global product and business development manager for X-ray diffraction in the industrial markets. This includes hardware- and software responsibilities, but also marketing the potential of the technology at conferences, trade shows or customer sites with a specific focus to the minerals industry and related industries such as metals making or the oil& gas upstream sector, specifically the exploration and production segment
CIS:  Tell us why x-ray diffraction is important to the petrochem industry
KK:  X-ray diffraction (XRD) is one of the few methods that directly measures the mineralogy of a geologic sample. Knowing what minerals constitute the sample and what the concentrations are allow direct conclusions about the physical properties of a sample. This differentiates XRD from all other methods that look at chemical compositions. Furthermore it provides bulk properties compared to surface methods such as microscopy. For the petrochem industry I see three major applications:
1. differentiate between swelling and non-swelling clay
2. monitoring of host rock formations by analysing rock cuttings from drilling
3. analysis of scales and corrosion products to come up with prevention strategy or to find removal options
CIS: Are there any new developments that you will be talking about during your seminar?
KK: The presentation has a focus of applications of the technology in the Oil and Gas segment. The method itself is mature and is well established for analyzing all kinds of geo-material in the laboratory. Recent progress in benchtop instrumentation and software allows to roll-out the technology towards use near the drill site without the need for a highly trained person
CIS:  Who would benefit most from attending your presentation?
KK:  responsible persons for mud-logging, geologist, geophysicist from the exploration and production sector
The equipment I’m going to talk about is shown in the exposition at the Bruker booth (booth number B3 ).
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