In recent years use of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) has become more common for geoscientific applications and is used from the µm-scale (e.g. for investigations of micro-fossils or pore scale structures) up to the dm-scale (full drill cores or soil columns). In this paper we present results from CT imaging and mineralogical investigations of an Opalinus Clay core on different scales and different regions of interest, emphasizing especially the 3D evaluation and distribution of cracks and fractures and their impact upon mechanical testing of such material. Enhanced knowledge of the behaviour of the Opalinus Clay as a result of these tests is of great interest, especially since this material is considered for a long term radioactive waste disposal and storage facility in Switzerland. Hence, results are compared regarding the mineral (i.e. phase) contrast resolution, the spatial resolution, and the overall scanning speed.
X-Ray Micro CT for Structural and Compositional Analysis of Cores at Different Scales (dm -> μm)
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Zacher, G., Kaufhold, A., Halisch, M., and A. Patel. "X-Ray Micro CT for Structural and Compositional Analysis of Cores at Different Scales (dm -> μm)." Paper presented at the 51st U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, California, USA, June 2017.
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