Scanning Electron Microscopy


Critical point drying is a sample preparation technique that minimizes damage to some clay fabrics in reservoir rocks. In this technique, the original pore fluids in a sample are replaced successively with acetone, liquid carbon dioxide and air without allowing a high energy meniscus to pass through the sample. Acetone replacement is accomplished in a diffusion dehydration system. SEM micrographs show striking differences between critical point dried clay samples and air dried samples.

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