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Fluorescence microscopy and Image Analysis for study of Micro-fracturing in Rocks

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  • Optical Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Micro-Fracturing
  • Rocks


The paper presents analytical methods used at the Institute of Geonics ASCR for quantitative analyses of micro-fracturing arising in rocks under various loading conditions in laboratory. Primarily optical fluorescence microscopy and image analysis of sections saturated by fluorescence dye are used to these purposes. The full-automatic image analysis method for determination of intensity and distribution of micro-cracks in rock specimens is presented in the paper as well as the formerly used manually procedure.

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