Industrial use of neutron and X-ray technology – how Big Science creates innovation in your business

On November 27, 2017, Danish Technological Institute, LINX and Danish Materials Network held a well attended event focusing on the unique opportunities that are available to the industry with the new facilities in the European Spallation Source in Lund.

The day began with a joint presentation by Axel Steuwer, University of Malta, who gave a good and exciting overview of industrial applications for 20 years of various Big Science facilities including European XFEL in Hamburg, European Spallation Source and Max IV in Lund. Synchrotron and neutron radiation are used in the automotive and aerospace industry as well as in the energy and health sector.

Then Henning Friis Poulsen, DTU, gave an interesting presentation on multi-scale analysis of materials, followed by Jimmy Binderup Andersen, LINX Association, that focused on the possibilities with ESS for Danish companies.

After breakfast, the day offered two parallel workshops with focus on polymeric materials and metals, respectively. Here was gone deeper into concrete business cases. Among other things, a company from the composite industry told that it has been possible to follow how resin fills and encloses fiberglass in a mold during the infusion process.

Per Sigaard Christensen, TI, gave a presentation on how residual stresses are measured in metals and that neutron radiation, among other things, has the advantage of non-destructive measurement methods, that it is fast, can determine all primary residual stresses, is a powerful tool for mapping and measurement can be performed under operating conditions.

With neutron radiation, you can thus improve products, processes or materials and achieve optimal solutions. The participants all had an exciting and educational day.

A full version of the article in Danish and pictures are available here >

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