Methodology and data analysis software development

Partners involved: UniTN, FBK

The methodology and data analysis software development is coordinated by UniTN.

UniTN personnel has long experience on XRD and the development of software for Rietveld analysis.

FBK personnel has long experience on ED-XRF and the development of ED-XRF analysis code.

UniTN and FBK are already actively collaborating for the combined XRD and XRF analysis combining the Rietveld refining techniques for XRD data analysis with the fundamental parameters approach for XRF analysis.

Instrument manufacture

Partners involved: TFS, UniTN, FBK, PoliMI.

The instrument manufacture will be coordinated by TFS.

Detection system(s): FBK, PoliMi.

FBK will exploit its experience and know-how in the fabrication and exploitation of Si radiation sensors to build a segmented detector for the 2D angle/energy spectra.

PoliMI has already developed multichannel CMOS preamplifiers and ASICs for processing of signals from multi-element detectors.

For the project PoliMi will produce the electronics solution.

The best compromise in terms of performance/price will be identified and the detector produced.

Instrument testing

Partners involved: ERAMET, BRGM, GEOPS, TFS, UniTN, FBK.

ERAMET will coordinate the testing. ERAMET an BRGM will provide samples of interest and a report about analysis with non-portable laboratory instruments typically used for analysis.

1. Laboratory testing of prototype: TFS, FBK,UniTN
Laboratory testing of the prototype will be carried out by TFS with the support of UniTN and FBK. Laboratory testing of the prototype will be important to guide the finalization of both the methodological and instrumental development bringing the final complete product.

2. Laboratory testing of the final instrument
After the improvements suggested by the prototype testing the final instrument will be built. The instrument will be tested in the lab to perform the alignment, calibration and optimization. The samples already analysed in point 1 or new samples that will have been identified and analysed by BRGM and ERAMET will be analysed to clarify performances and write usage guidelines that will be needed for the in-field testing.

3. In-field tests of the final instrument.
The instrument in its final version ready to be transported will be brought to real usage situations. This will include sites and investigation on interest for ERAMET and BRGM but also for other users and purposes which they will have identified in their network.


Partners involved: BRGM, ERAMET, GEOPS, TFS, UniTN, FBK.

BRGM will coordinate exploitation.

Active analysis of all possible applications of the instrument along all the raw materials value chain. The instrument is inspired by the existing hand-held and portable XRF and XRD instruments already on the market believing that the new ideas proposed will be disruptive in the raw-materials field. The activity of this work-package has to prepare the way for the instrument, identifying killer applications and potential users to be informed about the possibilities offered by the new instrument and methodology.