Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 7, Pages: 774-780
R. Ravisankar1 , G. Senthilkumar2 , S. Kiruba3 , A. Chandrasekaran4 and Prince Prakash Jebakumar5*
1 PG & Research Dept. of Physics, Govt. Arts College, Tiruvanamalai-606601, TN;
2 Dept. of Physics, University College of Engg., Arani-632317, TN;
3 Dept. of Physics, St.Joseph’s College of Engg., Chennai-119, TN
4 Department of Physics, Sacred Heart College, Thirupattur-635601, TN
5 National Institute of Ocean Technology, Pallikaranai, Chennai -601302,TN, India.
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Qualitative analysis was carried out to determine the major and minor constituent minerals present in sediment samples collected at the coastal area of Tuna, Gujarat by FT-IR and XRD technique. From the IR absorption band or the locations of the different peaks, the minerals were identified with the available literature. In addition to the band positions, the sharpness or diffuseness of bands was helpful in the identification of mineral components. The IR study on sediment samples was highly useful in identifying the various minerals in sediments. Further, the representative sediment samples were analyzed by XRD technique to yield more information about the minerals. Both of these methods were non-destructive and can be used in the identification of mineralogical composition. These results confirmed that the applied techniques are relatively quicker and more reliable in mineral analysis.
Keywords: Sediment samples, mineral analysis, FT-IR, XRD technique.
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