Mineralogical

analysis and reporting on metalliferous ores, gold and PGM, industrial minerals, slags and contaminants.

Materials

analysis and reporting on rocks, aggregates, building stone, slate, concrete, render and mortar.

Mundic Property Search

Since 1991, Petrolab has completed thousands of concrete screening tests on properties throughout Cornwall. Search our database and and see if your property is one of those tested.

Sample Preparation

Preparation of petrographic thin sections from samples and specimens of rock, aggregate, concrete and other similar materials.

Why Petrolab?

Mineralogical analysis

  • Identification and quantification of valuable and gangue minerals in ores
  • Ore characterisation
  • Predicting the behaviour of minerals during ore processing
  • Mineralogical description and quantitative analysis of mill products

Petrographic analysis

  • Examination of concrete, mortar and render to identify degradation factors.
  • Examination of rock, aggregate, building stone and slate.
  • Mundic Screening Tests for building structures suspected of containing ‘mundic’ concrete.

Sample preparation

Petrolab offers a materials preparation service producing petrographic thin sections from samples and specimens of

  • rock
  • aggregate
  • fossil / coral
  • concrete and other similar materials

We operate the first Pelcon Automatic Thin Section Machine in the UK, which produces high quality thin sections.

Our Clients

Petrolab has provided a wide range of services to industry leading clients including:

Zeiss

Latest News

Imaging and Analysis of Microcrystals

The vast majority of our work involves the preparation of 30 mm polished blocks for quantitative analysis. However the Zeiss Mineralogic system is also perfectly geared towards the analysis of unpolished micromounts.

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Petrolab welcomes Bill Jeffery

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Bill Jeffery who has joined us for the summer on a short-term contract to assist with a number of projects. He recently completed his MGeol in geology at Plymouth university where he received the Mineralogical Society undergraduate price. Whilst there he worked as a research assistant on the SEM analysis of platinum group-minerals from the Shetland ophiolite complex which brought experience of sample preparation and SEM analysis. He recently completed a 5 month internship at the Drakelands mine doing core... read more

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