Difficulties to obtain relevant insights for your material?
Most techniques to look inside a product or material are destructive or do not provide relevant direct information. If you want to check the internal structural integrity such as closing or sealing structures, distribution of particles or different layers, you cannot open the material or the structural information you need is lost. Serial sectioning may provide good results, but is destructive, cannot be applied to all materials and is heavily time consuming.
Most often, superficial information is not enough. What about the propagation of a visible crack structure deeper inside your material? Complex problems are often associated with structural deformation or inhomogeneity’s below the surface and thus difficult to analyse with traditional methods.
Lab-tests and standardization test procedures can provide crucial information on the state of a product but most often limits the information to a’ failed’ or ‘passed’ part. The question ‘Why did my part failed?’ remains often unanswered. This is also the case when failed parts are sent back by the end users. For example, a pressure test can indicate that a part is leaking, but what about the location of the leak or the cause of the failure? Was there already a weak zone with a concentrated (micro)porosity? Is the O-ring deformed and on what specific place? Many crucial insights remain open.
The validation of your product during an innovation process is crucial. High accurate measurements of internal channels or complex features is not easy. How will the internal wall thicknesses of a complex part be measured and compared with another similar looking product? Imagine you could obtain a 3D file or stl file of your product with all dimensional measurements included.
With X-ray computed tomography, we are able to extract the information you need for your material or product. Because of the unique possibilities of the technology, we are able to characterize the complete 3D structure of a material in high resolution. In many cases, the microstructure of a material determines its macro scale properties. This implies that in order to fully understand the behaviour on a macro scale, detailed insights are needed on how the material is composed.
Contact us to discuss what we can do for your material.