University of Manchester

High Flux Bay

High flux

Figure 1: The High Flux Imaging Bay

Compression experiment

Figure 2: A example of a time lapse experiment involving compression

The High Flux Nikon XTEK bay has been specifically designed for time lapse X-ray Computed Tomography (Figure 1). To facilitate high speed XCT scans the system is fitted with high flux X-ray targets; a prototype 2 micron optimal spot size transmission rotating target capable of emitting 60W and a 10 micron optimal spot size reflection rotating target with the capable of emitting 450W. In addition the system is outfitted with high speed cabling, and both acquisition and reconstruction instruments are outfitted with solid state drives for increased bandwidth. The bespoke walk in bay allows the use of large in-situ rigs to be fitted for a range of time lapse studies involving compression (Figure 2), tension, torsion, fatigue, fluid flow or heating of specimens. It also allows the analysis of large specimens ranging in size from a few millimetres up to 202 millimetres in cross-section.

Key features:

  • Resolution capability from 2 to 119 microns for specimen areas from < 8 mm up to 202 mm diameters respectively
  • Optional X-ray sources available
  • Housed within a custom-built walk-in radiation bay
  • The heavy-duty 5-axis sample manipulator stage with a 100 kg load capacity
  • Labyrinths are available for the external control and monitoring of user-installed equipment
  • High specification network and computing for increased bandwidth allowing rapid data transfer, storage, reconstruction and processing
  • MXIF welcomes collaborations on research projects with other institutions.  If you would like to discuss using MXIF equipment for your research please contact Dr Tristan Lowe. 

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