Papers by Keyword: Radial Collimator

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Authors: Thilo Pirling, Darren J. Hughes, Jeremy S. Robinson
Abstract: Experimental errors in neutron residual strain imaging are often underestimated, mis-understood or simply ignored. The choice of beam defining optics can play a large role in the magnitude of these errors. In this paper we show that the use of a traditional slit beam defining system with large specimens can lead to several sources of errors. Large specimens usually require necessarily large distances between the slits and the instrument reference point (gauge volume). At large distances, the slit system can lead to significant underestimation of the residual strain magnitude as well as poor definition of the gauge volume. We show that for large specimens, the use of radial focussing collimators reduces these effects, leading to significant improvement in measurement reliability. Specifically, we show application of radial collimators at the SALSA instrument of the Institut Laue Langevin neutron source in Grenoble, France.
Authors: Thilo Pirling, Giovanni Bruno, Philip J. Withers
Abstract: SALSA (Strain Analyser for Large Scale engineering Applications) is a novel instrument for strain imaging at the high flux neutron reactor of the Institut Max von Laue – Paul Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France. It is the first of its kind that uses a precise robotic sample stage for sample manipulation. In addition to standard xyz-translation it provides tilts up to ±30° about any horizontal axis. Its load capacity is more than 500 kg and samples up to 1.5 m in length can be scanned with high accuracy. Thanks to a double focusing monochromator and supermirror guide count times are very short. A broad wavelength range, variable beam optics, including radial focusing collimators for high lateral resolution, make it a very flexible instrument for a large variety of strain imaging applications in small and large specimens. The instrument has been commissioned in 2005 and is open for access by a peer review proposal system and as well by industry. The paper describes the important aspects of the instrument and results from the first experiments.
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