BTX Profiler XRD/XRF Analyzer

BTX Profiler XRD/XRF Analyzer Introduction

The BTX Profiler provides combined 2-D-XRD and ED-XRF analysis for full compositional analysis. This nondestructive, high-performance capability is of particular significance for several industrial sectors including energy, geochemistry, pharmaceuticals, catalysts, forensics and education.

BTX Profiler XRD/XRF Analyzer Details

Overview

The BTX Profiler provides combined 2-D-XRD and ED-XRF analysis for full compositional analysis. This nondestructive, high-performance capability is of particular significance for several industrial sectors including energy, geochemistry, pharmaceuticals, catalysts, forensics and education.

  • Energy Exploration
  • Green Field Mining and Geo-steering
  • Mud-logging
  • Mineral Identification
  • Ore Grade Control
  • Benefication Efficiency
  • Counterfeit Drug Screening
  • Pharmaceutical Discovery Library Building
  • Catalyst Development
  • Fire and Explosives Forensics
  • Corrosion Monitoring
  • Education and Research


Features

The BTX Profiler provides combined XRD and XRF analysis in one benchtop system for compositional analysis at the structural and elemental level. It affords economy of operational costs, space, and time with a seamless integration of data and results.

Combined XRD and XRF for Comprehensive Materials Analysis

  • Mineralogy-Phase Analysis with 2-D-XRD
  • Elemental Analysis with ED-XRF
  • Seamless Integration of Data and Results
  • Economy of Operational Cost, Space and Time
XRD/XRF BTX Profiler

XRD/XRF BTX Profiler

The BTX Profiler carries on the revolutionary XRD technology employed in NASA’s “Curiosity” Rover, part of the successful NASA Mars Science Laboratory program. It combines with the highly acclaimed, award winning Earthbound technology employed in Olympus Analytical XRD and XRF Instruments.

XRD/XRF BTX Profiler on the Mars Rover

XRD/XRF BTX Profiler on the Mars Rover

Building on NASA and Olympus patents, the BTX Profiler is a leap forward in the technology of combined XRD and XRF analysis. The BTX Profiler provides comprehensive compositional materials analysis at both the structural and elemental level. The BTX Profiler, with its combined XRD and XRF technologies, affords economy of operational costs, space, and time with a seamless integration of data and results.

Combined XRD/XRF Technology Diagram

Combined XRD/XRF Technology Diagram


Specifications

BTX Benchtop X-ray Configurations

The BTX Benchtop X-ray Analyzer from Olympus is available in three configurations. The BTX Profiler, with full XRD mineralogical and full XRF elemental analysis capabilities, is available for single sample measurement or for unattended multi-sample measurements with an integrated autosampler. The BTX-II has the full XRD mineralogical analysis capabilities of the BTX Profiler, but only rudimentary XRF information gleaned from the CCD detector; it essentially aids in the XRD mineralogical identification and analysis as opposed to providing the full, rigorous elemental ED-XRF analysis found in the BTX Profiler.

XRD/XRF BTX Profiler Specifications

XRD/XRF BTX Profiler Specifications


Technology

The BTX Profiler provides state of the art performance for both XRD structural (mineralogy/phase) and XRF elemental analysis. This is achieved by approaching each analysis with its own optimized technology, affording the high performance required for excellence in comprehensive compositional materials analysis.

XRD Pattern Analysis

The X-ray source excites material at the atomic level and the CCD detector captures a 2-D image of the diffraction pattern caused by interaction with the material’s crystalline substance (phase). This image is referred to as a Debye or Diffraction Ring where each ring corresponds to a diffraction pattern peak and the brightness of a ring corresponds to the intensity. The CCD Detector enables whole or large portions of the diffraction rings to be measured simultaneously. Data processing software then converts the 2-D image to a plot of intensity vs. energy. It further converts the energy to a 2-θ value for a plot comparable to conventional diffractometer data. The XRD pattern identifies a compound much like a fingerprint does.

XRD Fingerprint

XRD Fingerprint

XRF Spectral Analysis

The miniature X-ray tube excites material at the atomic level with enough energy to expel inner orbital electrons of an element while the detector measures the signature energies released when the element’s outer orbital electrons change orbital levels to regain stability.

XRF Spectral Analysis

XRF Spectral Analysis


Applications

Pharmaceuticals

  • Rapidly ID 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

 

Agriculture

  • Quickly & easily check feed & fertilizer formulations and metal content
  • Ensure labeled ingredients match actual content
  • Quantify amending (active) ingredients, inert ingredients and forms (compounds)
  • Confirm gypsum & lime content
  • Minimize financial penalties by assuring manufacturer & regulatory tests are within investigational allowance

 

HAZMAT ID

  • Rapidly ID dangerous hazardous materials for local & global security
  • Identify explosives, fusing materials & accelerants
  • ID & quantify suspected hazardous materials: azide’s PETN, black powder’s KClO3, KClO4 & KNO3, flash powder’s KClO3 & cascandite
  • Quickly identify asbestos containing insulation

 

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 BTX 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 for rapid feedback at drilling sites – simplify “chasing the vein” of a given mineral strata
  • Pipelines – BTX Smart Sense allows optimum peak-to-background performance to identify and quantify corrosion materials on pipelines; simultaneous XRF measurements give rapid identification of elemental constituents

 

For more information on The BTX Profiler XRD/XRF System please visit our Knowledge Center.

Related Applications

  • Agricultural Products
  • Hazmat ID
  • Mining & Ores
  • Petrochemical

Related Industries

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Mining
  • Oil, Gas, Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceuticals & Supplements
  • Food

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