Xrd Quantitative RietveldWhen a material (sample) is irradiated with a parallel beam of
dimensional diffraction grating causing the X-ray beam to be diffracted to
intensities of the diffracted beam, provides several information about the
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With XRD and Rietveld analysis a full quantitative analysis of cement clinkers can be performed providing detailed mineralogical information about the product. Until recently several disadvantages prevented the frequent application of the Rietveld method in the cement industry. Introduction Quantitative X-Ray Diffraction Methods (prepared by James R. Connolly, for EPS400, Introduction to X-Ray Powder Diffraction, Spring 2012) (Material in this document is borrowed from many sources; all original material is ©2012 by James R. Connolly) (Revision date: 18-Apr-12) Page 3 of 15 Sample Preparation Issues. Dancing Tortoise | Simple Comic.
- Angles are used to calculate the interplanar atomic spacings (d-
spacings). Because every crystalline material will give a characteristic
diffraction pattern and can act as a unique ‘fingerprint’, the position (d)
and intensity (I) information are used to identify the type of material by
comparing them with patterns for over 80,000 data entries in the
International Powder Diffraction File (PDF) database, complied by the
Joint Committee for Powder Diffraction Standards (JCPDS). By this
method, identification of any crystalline compounds, even in a complex
sample, can be made.
- The position (d) of diffracted peaks also provides information about
how the atoms are arranged within the crystalline compound (unit cell
size or lattice parameter). The intensity information is used to assess
the type and nature of atoms. Determination of lattice parameter helps
understand extent of solid solution (complete or partial substitution of
one element for another, as in some alloys) in a sample.
- Width of the diffracted peaks is used to determine crystallite size and
micro-strain in the sample.
- The ‘d’ and ‘I’ from a phase can also be used to quantitatively estimate
the amount of that phase in a multi-component mixture.
Xrd Rir MethodOur XRD lab uses a Siemens D500 diffractometer with a Solex solid-state scintillation detector and state of the art data acquisition and processing software. PMET maintains a current database including the International Centre for Diffraction Data pattern files and the NIST-sponsored Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. With these tools we identify and quantify the various crystalline compounds present in a material. Quantitative XRD analysis is achieved using the whole pattern decomposition and Rietveld refinement method. Used with internal standards this method can also determine the amount of the amorphous or glassy non-crystalline portion of a material. In special cases quantification can be determined using a calibration curve derived from mixtures of available standard materials.
Typical applications for XRD include analysis of coal ash, exploration drill cores, mill circuit head, tail, rougher, and concentrate samplings, power plant corrosion deposits, boiler tube scale, clay minerals, waste streams, mineral products, crystalline phases in fused silica, contaminants in tungsten carbide, swelling minerals in soils, and industrial by-products.