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Thanks for the suggestions.  I find that the Cl content of epoxies is too
low to produce a great enough Cl Ka count rate in EDS such that the epoxy
can be identified unambiguously in small pores.  Someone has suggested to
me to pour molten eutectic Pb-Bi or Sn-Bi over the sample within a mold,
embed the resulting cylinder in Duroplast, and then re-melt the embedded
metal enclosing the sample in a mounting press.  Apparently these metal
mixtures are very effective at penetrating pore spaces.

Brian


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> Hello Brian,
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> 	Many of the epoxies that I deal with contain a small amount of Chlorine
> and I frequently use it as a marker.
> 	I don't know if this would be relevant to your system but I occasionally
> see Brominated hydrocarbons (sometimes with an Antimony compound)
> incorporated into epoxy resins. They light up nicely in a back-scattered
> electron image at much lower beam currents and with much better
> resolution, (and it's unlikely that either will be present in your test
> material)
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> Cheers
> Jeff Wessel
> Boeing M&PT
> Seattle, WA
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> Hi everyone,
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> I am working on an X-ray mapping project and would like to identify epoxy
> that has infiltrated pore spaces and fractures in shale.  The
> complications are 1) the pore spaces are typically no more than a few
> microns across and 2) carbonaceous material is abundant within the
> samples.  The carbonaceous material always contains some amount of sulfur,
> and so it can often be distinguished by this means.  However, I would like
> to unambiguously identify epoxy that has infiltrated the sample (or verify
> that it hasn't infiltrated).  Does anyone have experience with adding a
> tracer element (as a solute?) to epoxy for this purpose?  The
> concentration of the element would need to be great enough that it could
> be detected via EDS (SDD) in micron-scale pore spaces while using a
> relatively short dwell time (not much longer than 20 ms, with probe
> current not exceeding 100 nA).  I'd appreciate any advice.
>
> Brian
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Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Queen's University
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