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With the globally increasing demand for more energy, the world's oil and gas resources have been strained to its limits. As the price of oil increases, scientists are exploring every material available containing natural energy resources like oil and gas shale, carbonates, and limestone. Conventional core analysis techniques take months to produce viable results, causing production halts during analysis. The Xradia VersaXRM enables researchers to obtain pore connectivity and microstructure modeling on-site and within minutes.
The VersaXRM can be adapted for mobility to enable on-site imaging of cuttings taken from core drilling. Combining a high-flux laboratory X-ray source with proprietary X-ray optics into a compact ultra-high resolution CT scanner is useful for imaging large rock samples and also subsampling small cuttings for accurate extrapolation of large scale data. Because of its unique optics allowing for preferred detector and source setups, the VersaXRM can offer turnaround times on the order of minutes without compromising resolution or field of view. Some of the applications the VersaXRM supports are: