This laboratory is equipped with specialized equipment to non-destructively obtain the microstructure and chemical information of composite, metallic and non-metallic materials. In-situ experiments can also be conducted under various environments such as loading, pressure, freezing and flowing fluid.
Zeiss Xradia 410 Versa X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)
This instrument can take non-destructive 3D scans of the insides of materials. Some of its application include characterizing porosity and micro rock structures, understanding crack propagation in ceramics, metals and building materials. This instrument can achieve a minimum scan pixel size of 100 nm. It has a large chamber for different in-situ testing stages to be constructed such as load, pressure, or adding fluid. This makes it possible to characterize material evolution in 4D (time-based).
Aspex Explorer Automated Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) technology
This SEM is designed for the automated imaging and elemental analysis of surfaces and particulate. It can be trained to find different areas of interest and investigate them without human intervention. The system is optimized for sizing and measuring the elemental composition of particles from 0.5 micron to over 100 micron. It is capable of scanning ~10,000 particles per hour when collecting both size and compositional data or ~30,000 particles per hour without EDS when collecting only sizing data.
Orbis Micro X-ray Fluorescence Microscope (XRF)
This instrument provides non-destructive elemental analysis with the flexibility to work across a wide range of sample types and shapes. There is minimal sample preparation and no coating is required. It can detect spot sizes from 2mm down to 50 micron. It has a large vacuum chamber that accommodates samples up to 270 mm (W) by 270 mm (D) by 100 mm (H).
Skyscan 1172 X-ray Computed Tomography
This instrument takes 3D scans of materials. Its scan resolution ranges from <1 micron to 25 micron. It has a stage for loading, pressure, and freezing.