Examples

The most straightforward way to show what neutron imaging does, it to show some examples. These will be added to this page continuously.

The examples we show here are “raw data” with little or no data treatment! The dedicated instrument FISH will do these things at least ten times better and faster.. So please consider the examples below as “amateur” demonstrations of is feasible.

2D Snapshots taken at TUDelft on a test beam line (with limited capabilities)

The 3-digit combination of this lock was lost/forgotten: With neutron tomography the interior of the lock can be visualized, showing the dents and the corresponding orientation of 3 'digit discs' needed to unlock the padlock.

The 3-digit combination of this lock was lost/forgotten: With neutron tomography the interior of the lock can be visualized, showing the dents and the corresponding orientation of 3 ‘digit discs’ needed to unlock the padlock.


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This turbine blade had clogging problems of cooling gas/liquid internally. Neutron imaging can show where the blocking occurs internally, non-invasively.

This turbine blade had clogging problems of cooling gas/liquid internally. Neutron imaging can show where the blocking occurs internally, non-invasively.


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Huber tilt stage look-through with neutrons (approx 8cm thick)

Huber tilt stage look-through with neutrons (approx 8cm thick)

Ever wondered why a 9Volt battery is 9V and not 1.5V? (orthograpic projection X,Y,Z with neutrons)

Ever wondered why a 9Volt battery is 9V and not 1.5V? (orthograpic projection X,Y,Z with neutrons)

The inside of a classical voltmeter, as seen by neutrons.

The inside of a classical voltmeter, as seen by neutrons.

This leak-testing fluid is slightly more viscous than water

This leak-testing fluid is slightly more viscous than water

Spraying the above liquid in this quartz sand tube, gives the below neutron movie, with the absorption of the liquid by the sand.

Spraying the above liquid in this quartz sand tube, gives the below neutron movie, showing the absorption of the liquid by the sand. The liquid contains many hydrogen atoms and is much more visible than the sand. The movie spans approximately 50minutes.

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Ever wondered what's inside a pray-can of lubricant?

Ever wondered what’s inside a pray-can of lubricant?

Neutron imaging shows the viscous lubricant, the plastic tube on the side and the spraying mechanism sticking in the lubricant reservoir

Neutron imaging shows the viscous lubricant, the plastic tube on the side and the spraying mechanism sticking in the lubricant reservoir

an amateur electric motor and gearbox

an amateur electric motor and gearbox

Neutron imaging showing the interior of the gearbox (top) and the motor (bottom)

Neutron imaging showing the interior of the gearbox (top) and the motor (bottom)


This motor+gearbox clearly is in need of a 3D reconstruction: coming soon.

Superglue (cyano acrylate glue)

Superglue (cyano acrylate glue)


Is this filling to economize on glue, or is it a safety precaution for overpressure?

Is this filling to economize on glue, or is it a safety precaution for overpressure?

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