Large Field X-ray Tomographic Imaging

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Materials

Abstract

3D X-ray imagingX-ray tomography builds up a 3D image in the computer of the object non destructively from many 2D X-ray radiographs taken from different angles. 3D X-ray imaging is a rapidly growing area attracting users across many disciplines most of whom have never used large scale facilities. Our project will set up the first synchrotron X-ray imaging beam line in the UK. We will use it to develop tomographic imaging techniques, instrumentation and a user community that will move to JEEP on Diamond in Jan. 2009. We will develop new detectors to establish a unique large area - medium resolution facility that is complementary to the ESRF and which reflects the unique characteristics of the sources on 16.3 and JEEP. This combined with sufficient space around the instrument will facilitate a very wide range of novel experiments including in situ and dynamic studies. Because the 16.3 beamline would otherwise close down in Spring 2007 as an economy measure, we will be able to dedicate the beamline to tomography and extend its lifetime to match the overall closure of the SRS X-ray facility. This project represents a seamless programme of work between SRS (till the end of 2008) and the new Diamond Light Source (From 2009) with both facilities fully involved at all stages. through the testing and development of the beamline on 16.3 we will be able to accelerate the commissioning period on the new JEEP engineering beamline, directly transferring hardware and expertise. Further we will exploit developments in tomographic methodology, image reconstruction, visualisation and e-science being developed at the European synchrotron source with Manchester to develop acomplete solution to allow a large throughput of novice users access, including the full CT reconstruction process, from data-reduction, reconstruction, back-up, data distribution through to 3D rendering and visualisation.

Publications

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Kyrieleis A (2009) Image stitching strategies for tomographic imaging of large objects at high resolution at synchrotron sources in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Titarenko S (2010) An analytical formula for ring artefact suppression in X-ray tomography in Applied Mathematics Letters

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Titarenko S (2009) A ring artifact suppression algorithm based on a priori information in Applied Physics Letters

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Titarenko S (2010) Ring artefact suppression in real-time x-ray tomography in Moscow University Physics Bulletin

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Withers Philip J. (2007) X-ray nanotomography in MATERIALS TODAY

 
Description EPSRC Research Complex Grant
Amount £1,926,944 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2011 
End 05/2016
 
Description HEXITEC: Translation grant. The application of colour X-ray imaging
Amount £1,241,448 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H046577/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 08/2013
 
Description Manchester-Diamond Collaboration 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Manpower, resources, imaging and engineering know-how
Collaborator Contribution The University of Manchester is investing £4.6M in the building of a new imaging beamline & the collaboration withDLS will provide the instrument and beamtime to do lots of exciting imaging research
Impact The beamline will be completein early 2012 delivering anopther beamline at Diamond for ourselves and other UK users.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Airshows 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have set up hands on exhibitions at farnborough ansd Southport arishows on special exhibition stands - promoting our 3D journey through a jet engine

Lots of kids and parents stimultaed to see 3D imaging and learn more about aerospace engineering
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description Big Bang 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Thousands of children attended the big Bang events at Queen Elizabeth exhibition centre in London (2009) and Manchester (2010) to learn about science & engineering; we presented our 3D journey through a jet engine

lots of schools have invited us to give talks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description ESRF & Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Special workshop looking at industrial applications of x-ray science. I spoke about imaging

Drive to increase industrial useage of large facilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Members of the public 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We run meet the scientist days at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry as part of science week

We regul;arly visit schools with our 3D journey through a jet engine that showcases our 3D imaging work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description Orsund zone 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to explain industrioal uses of imaging to companies and politicians likely to benefit from the Euriopean Spallation source and the Max IV synchrotron in Orsund region (Denmark/Sweden)

A number of industrial contacts followed up talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Teachers in materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstrated how 3D journey through a jet engine can help to excite your students

Got the highest feedback ratings from teachers for the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description X-ray School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Summer school for young researchers teaching them how to exploit X-rays for their science

Lots of discussions about x-ray research for your lecturers and new PhD/Post-docs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description treasury visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visit of HM Treasury to see the impact of publically funded science research on industry

part of groundwork to persuade good funding for sceince and engineering in the CSR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010