Once extracted, hydrocarbon is a raw material. Transforming operations are various and complex. They are involved in energy production, chemicals, but also plastics field and many others. In the first one, we obviously think of refinement operations, which are constantly improving with, as an example, researches on catalysts, but they also simply have quality control needs. Here some examples this kind of operations:
- Research of crack, porosities, inclusions, materials defects
- Surface extraction of a complex geometry sample to perform simulation (finite elements models for instance)
- Material analysis at a submicronic scale, with or without environmental solicitation (mechanical, thermal tests, …)
As long as the engine efficiency doesn’t reach 100%, this means we can do better! Every mechanical part of an engine can be modified in order to be improved, by lightening them, making them tougher, manufactured differently, etc. Microtomography allows, thanks to the various information it provides, to work on each of these points with retro engineering, defect identification, in various materials, from carbon to steel.
Very complex and different needs
Operating range of tomography only for this application field stretches from big metallic parts, as cylinder heads, to microscopic samples and scanning conditions can imply an important pumps and ovens machinery. With large dimensions CT systems, like the EasyTom XL or the UltraTom, and a large power and resolution range, RX Solutions has taken up the challenge and can cover most of the laboratory and industrial needs of this field. The software and the hardware allow to reduce tomographic acquisition times to few seconds only, to follow phenomena with compatible kinetics, or on the contrary, to monitor experiments over several days.