Triple-beam Ar-Ion-Milling with a Rotary Stage to Decorate Grain Boundaries and Substructures in Rock Salt
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Decoration of grain boundaries in polycrystalline rocks has long been of importance in structural geology. This is because the recrystallized grain size in monomineralic rock is a good indicator of paleostress conditions.
Understanding the mechanical properties of rock salt and its deformation behavior is key to predicting the long-term stability of nuclear waste repositories and contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of salt-related sedimentary basins which host the majority of oil and gas accumulations on earth.
Joyce Schmatz, PhD1, Oliver Schenk, PhD1,2, Jop Klaver, PhD1, Janos Urai, PhD1, Wolfgang Grünewald, PhD3
1RWTH Aachen University, Geological Institute, Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics, Aachen, Germany
2Schlumberger Software, Aachen, Germany
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