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Tracermax tracers are used to trace static and dynamic, sub-surface environments Insoluble tracers such as Boron Carbide can be used to tag proppants used in hydraulic fracturing stimulations or oilwell cement powders to determine insitu fluid placements.

Production tracers are available in water soluble, oil miscible or gas tracer forms that can be used to trace dynamic, multi-phase aqueous or gaseous environments. Borated tracers are available in enriched 10B forms for enhanced tracer performance.

Borated tracers can be validated by looking at descending Neutron (N-N) offsets as the result of neutron capture or by discriminating the 477 keV (93% abundance) capture gamma energy associated with the neutron activation of the 10B nuclide. Various well logging and laboratory analytical equipment can detect and measure the physical characteristics of Boron and Cadmium.

Boron transmutes to 7Li under neutron activation. Boron and Lithium do not significantly impact or cause burdens on the environment or occupational health and safety.The neutron activation of Boron does not render any long lived radioisotopes or toxic chemicals.

Boron Carbide 

Boron Carbide (CB4) is a ceramic compound that is 75% Boron by weight. It is chemically inert and will not react or breakdown under typical conditions of hydraulic fracturing or cementing operations. CB4 has a similar density to Silica, the most commonly used proppant in hydraulic fracturing operations and a component of oilwell cement powders.. It has a compressive strength of approximately 50 GPa and is the second hardest mineral second to diamonds. CB4 is available in typical particle sizing similar to fracturing proppants and silica flour mixed in cement powders. It is also compatible with sintered Bauxite or Alumina based fracturing proppants under tested conditions.


MSDS Boron Carbide - PDF

Compressive strength CB4US army (PDF 272 KB)