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Reference Number EP/T006390/1
Title An X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography Facility with in-situ/in operando testing.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 80%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor B Inkson
No email address given
Engineering Materials
University of Sheffield
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 December 2019
End Date 31 May 2023
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £1,175,201
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Healthcare; Manufacturing
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing, NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor B Inkson , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr G Moebus , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr N Reeves-McLaren , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr D Cumming , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor MJ Hounslow , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor JPA Fairclough , Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr C Pinna , Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr E Dall'Ara , Oncology and Metabolism, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
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Abstract There is a fundamental shift in materials technology towards manufacturing materials products which are tailor-made to specific dimensional requirements and function, and are inhomogeneous, i.e. having structure and chemistry which vary in 3D in a complex manner. It has become essential, therefore, to be able to employ characterisation methodologies that can effectively evaluate new materials/products in 3-dimensions, and to apply environments to determine how their structure, and therefore function, evolve with conditions.X-ray computed tomography (MicroCT) is a powerful tool for non-destructively imaging the interior 3-dimensional microstructure of objects. Being well established in the medical field, MicroCT is playing an increasingly pivotal role in materials science and engineering research, and is now a core-technology on the EPSRC roadmap.Very recent technological advances now make it possible for the first time to combine several crucial features of this technology in one instrument: a practically useful sample size (field of view), resolution of < 0.5 micrometre, and in-situ testing of samples while concurrently imaging the 3D microstructure.The Zeiss Xradia 620 Versa is a state-of-the-art X-ray Microscope with innovative optics, optimised for 3D non-destructive imaging of heterogeneous composite materials. It is combined with various specialist specimen stages to allow mechanical, electrical, and fluid-based testing of materials in 3D.Micro-scale computed tomography at the proposed advanced level will give researchers a massively improved insight into materials structures, enabling scientists and engineers to better characterise a diverse range of materials, such as aircraft components, new battery materials, human bone and tissue, new biomedical materials implants and other complex materials. This will allow researchers to develop materials that perform better than existing alternatives, making them lighter, less expensive, more robust and more sustainable.

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