Aberdeen, United Kingdom



X-Ray Tomography Lab (UK5.1)

ZEISS XRadia 410 Versa High-Resolution 3D X-ray Tomography Microscope System

The ZEISS XRadia 410 Versa delivers non-destructive 3D Computed Tomography imaging with sub-micron resolution, high quality contrast, and in situ capabilities, for a wide range of sample sizes. The XRadia 410 Versa therefore bridges the gap between high-performing X-ray microscopes and less powerful, lower-cost computed tomography (CT) systems.

The facility consists of a high energy X-ray source (40-150kV, max. 10W), an ultra-high precision 8 degrees of freedom sample stage (max. capacity 15 kg), a detector turret with a set of optical lenses with a range of magnifications (0.4 to 40) and a digital camera. The spatial resolution of images is 0.9 m and the minimum achievable voxel size 100 nm. All components are placed in a single enclosure that fully protects the environment from X-rays.

XRadia Versa 410 delivers flexible, high contrast imaging for even the most challenging materials—low atomic number (low Z) materials, soft tissue, polymers, fossilized organisms encased in amber, and other materials of low contrast. It employs proprietary Enhanced Absorption Contrast Detectors that achieve superior contrast by maximizing collection of low energy photons while minimizing collection of contrast-reducing high energy photons. In addition, Tunable Propagation Phase Contrast measures the refraction of X-ray photons at material transitions to allow visualization of features displaying little or no contrast during absorption imaging.

In Aberdeen X-Ray Tomography Lab the facility is used primarily for measuring pore-scale properties of porous media, generating input data for digital rock models and investigating microscopic behaviour of materials uner loading.

State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

The XRadia patented technology allows high-resolution scanning without the need to reduce the sample size. It is a non-destructive method of producing high-resolution 3D models of pore space geometry and hence is ideally suited for digital rock modelling.

Scientific Environment

Located in the OGAS Lab, on the main University of Aberdeen campus with its infrastructure and services. Use can be integrated with onsite micro and nano material analysis of rock cores www.abdn.ac.uk/acemac (see associated facility bid)

Operating by

University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom
STORAGE technologies:
Migration, Caprock/well integrity, Leakage mitigation/remediation, Static modelling, Dynamic modelling
TRANSPORT technologies:
Material testing
Research Fields:
Fluid dynamics, Geology/Geophysics, Mechanics/Geomechanics, Material science, Modelling, Physical processes, Engineering
Facility's fact sheet

Location & Contacts

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Dubravka Pokrajac
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Simon Gregory

Facility Availability

Unit of access (UA)
Availability per year (in UA)
90 days
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
1-5 days
Average number of external users expected for typical access

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are
State of Quality: n/a

Operational or other constraints

Specific risks:
Legal issues

CCUS Projects

Other CCUS Projects
Fundamental study of migration of supercritical CO2 in porous media under conditions of saline aquifers
3D in-situ based methodology for optimizing the mechanical performance of selective laser melted aluminium alloys.

Selected Publications

Computers and Geosciences 106: 118-129. (2017)
Computation of fluid flow and pore-space properties estimation on micro-CT images of rock samples.
Starnoni, M., Pokrajac, D., Neilson, J.E.
Journal of Materials Science 52(17): 10186-10197. (2017)
Three-dimensional in situ observations of compressive damage mechanisms in syntactic foam using X-ray microcomputed tomography.
Kartal, M. E., L. H. Dugdale, J. J. Harrigan, M. A. Siddiq, D. Pokrajac, D. M. Mulvihill