UoStrathclyde
Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

STORAGE

TRANSPORT

LC COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY “NYX” (UK6.2)

NIKON XT H 225/320 LC COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY “NYX”

NIKON XT H 225/320 LC COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY

X-ray Computed Tomography system is a non-destructive technique that enables dynamic imaging (micro-scale) and characterization of materials in their internal and external microstructure. The NIKON XT H 225/320 LC COMPUTER TOMOGRAPH “NYX” enables imaging of materials undergoing various deformation processes (phase reaction, fluid-rock interaction, microfracturing, damage, and weathering) and quantification of their microstructure. It is particularly suitable to image time-scale processes experienced by the materials, both in-situ and ex-situ, so to provide a real assessment of the evolving pore-scale properties. In addition, the NYX XCT can host different deformation rigs, to monitor the response of the materials under different conditions (tension, compression, torsion). The installation of the Deben 10kN rig enables studies of materials under environmental conditions (-10C to +150C).

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State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

NYX allows imaging and characterization of materials at their micro-scale. It is a non-destructive technique, and its combination with classical 2-dimensional techniques (often giving higher resolution or providing chemical mapping) proves to be a unique analytical method for the multi-dimensional characterization of materials.

Thanks to the novel non-destructive character, NYX XCT allows a wide range of experiments to study the evolution of geochemical and hydro-mechanical processes within materials at the microscale, from fluid-rock interactions to CCS, weathering, phase reactions and so on.

Scientific Environment

The location of the XCT scanner within the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory benefits from adjacent analytical instruments, such as an XRD and two SEM. It also benefits from a mechanical workshop, where custom-made sample holders can be prepared and any further request can be accommodated. The ongoing collaboration between our facility and the AMRL thrives to grow interdisciplinary research.

Operating by

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom
STORAGE technologies:
Caprock/well integrity, Monitoring, Static modelling, Dynamic modelling
TRANSPORT technologies:
Flow Characterisation, Fluid pathways changes in response to fluid-rock interaction
Research Fields:
Fluid dynamics, Chemistry/Geochemistry, Geology/Geophysics, Mechanics/Geomechanics, Material science, Physical processes, Engineering

Location & Contacts

Location
Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Contacts
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Philippa Parmiter

Facility Availability

Availability per year (in UA)
1 week (5 days) every 3 months
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
Half week to a week

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are:
State of Quality: Data quality is controlled by the line manager. Risk assessments are in place, as well as the Safe State of Operation, according to University guidelines. Radiation safety checks are carried monthly by the line manager, and Nikon carries annually checks.

Operational or other constraints

Specific risks:
Experiments will be carried only by trained users (line manager in this case or other substitute). The machine cannot be operated by non-trained personnel – as such, applicants should be aware of this. Applicants will be given a risk assessment that needs to be signed prior to the experiment.
Legal issues:
none

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