Case Studies

On these pages we describe cases where neutrons were useful for industrial measurements. Below you can find lists of applications in a number of fields. For specific case studies, please follow the links provided.

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Materials & Components

  • Non-destructive Stress scanning : investigation of engineering size component, study of surface treatment
  • Non-destructive radiography and tomography (organic material , water, Hydrogen or Lithium visible after several centimeter of metal)
  • Trace element analysis
  • In-situ follow-up of alloy formation
  • Investigation of metals, alloys, glasses, ceramics, semiconductors, composites, nanomaterials 
  • Irradiation tests (hardening, shielding, single event upset)

To have a look at examples of experiments conducted at neutron facilities that served the materials and components industries please click here.

Energy & Environment

  • Investigation of H2 storage materials, Li-ion batteries
  • Imaging water in fuel cell
  • Following-up of chemical reactions and phase changes, catalysis process, lubricant action on surfaces
  • Mechanical stress in industrial components, composites, metals, ceramics
  • Crystal structures from powders and mixed phases
  • Non-destructive trace element analysis

To have a look at examples of experiments conducted at neutron facilities that served the energy and environmental industries please click here.

Pharmacology & Biotechnology

  • Design of active substances
  • Solubility and stability issues
  • Macroscopic properties investigated at the microscopic level: molecules for drug delivery, surfactant, colloid solutions, etc.
  • Identification of drug-molecule binding sites
  • Study of membranes
  • Study of liquid/liquid or liquid/solid, liquid/air interfaces
  • Morphology of surfaces and thin-films

To have a look at examples of experiments conducted at neutron facilities that served the pharmacology and biotechnology industries please click here.

Chemical Industry

  • Macroscopic properties investigated at the microscopic level: detergents, personal & home care, drugs, surfactant, colloid solutions, etc.
  • Study of liquid/liquid or liquid/solid, liquid/air interfaces
  • Solubility and stability issues, design of active substances
  • Morphology of surfaces and thin-films

To have a look at examples of experiments conducted at neutron facilities that served the chemical industry please click here.