A brief guide to synchrotron radiation-based microtomography in (structural) geology and rock mechanics

F. Fusseis*, X. Xiao, C. Schrank, F. De Carlo

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Abstract

This contribution outlines Synchrotron-based X-ray micro-tomography and its potential use in structural geology and rock mechanics. The paper complements several recent reviews of X-ray microtomography. We summarize the general approach to data acquisition, post-processing as well as analysis and thereby aim to provide an entry point for the interested reader. The paper includes tables listing relevant beamlines, a list of all available imaging techniques, and available free and commercial software packages for data visualization and quantification. We highlight potential applications in a review of relevant literature including time-resolved experiments and digital rock physics. The paper concludes with a report on ongoing developments and upgrades at synchrotron facilities to frame the future possibilities for imaging sub-second processes in centimetre-sized samples. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Structural Geology
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • 3D petrography
  • Digital rock physics
  • Synchrotron
  • X-ray microtomography

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