Quickly and accurately understand your fibrous materials

Fibrous materials, such as carbon or glass fiber (CFRP, GFRP), fabric (multi-layer composites), fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC), and organic fibers are used in a wide range of applications and industries (automotive, aerospace, etc.). Imaging techniques such as microCT or SEM allow for analysis of those materials; for example, to detect manufacturing imperfections or to quantify microstructures to obtain insights on mechanical properties (strength, stiffness, etc.).

Thermo Scientific Avizo Software is an all-in-one image analysis platform that allows the visualization, processing, and quantification of fibrous materials. Avizo Software enables the detection of manufacturing process damage such as matrix cracking, fiber/matrix debonding, or fiber breakage. Imperfections in the material can be quantified locally (voids, cracks) or globally (cross-sectional distortions or misalignments).

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Processing

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Visualization

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Analysis

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Customization

Confidence

Thanks to powerful segmentation and image processing capabilities and workflows, and after 20+ years of collaboration with the scientific community and thousands of researchers, it has been now proven that our digital imaging-based workflows provide reliable answers to industrial and scientific problems.

Customization

Customization

Because your needs are unique and keep evolving, our software solutions are fully flexible and open to customization. Thanks to our scripting interface (Python, TCL), bridge with MATLAB, and our programming API, you can expand our software solution and integrate your own IP (Intellectual Property). And, if needed, our professional service team can help you design unique solutions tailored to your needs.

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Support

Thanks to our dedicated professional support team, you get access to our top experts to ensure that no question is left unanswered. And with our training, consulting options, and ever-expanding collection of tutorials and how-to’s, you can reduce your learning curve and focus on getting the answers you are pursuing.

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Automation

Thanks to our automation capabilities, and with the addition of our always expanding online repository of add-ons (Xtra Gallery), you can encapsulate repeatable workflows into easy-to-reproduce recipes. With the addition of artificial intelligence, analysis can be performed by non-image processing experts, allowing them to save time on complex analysis while ensuring results consistency. 


Use cases

 

Fiber orientation analysis of a 50% glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) based on a combination of semi-crystalline polyamide with partially aromatic copolyamide

Many industries face the challenge of designing lightweight materials. Sandwich-structured composites are a special class of composite materials with the typical features of low weight, high stiffness, and high strength. The fibers of such material enhance properties of the final part (strength and stiffness) while minimizing weight. Their distribution and direction are crucial factors for the mechanical properties of the final part.

Avizo Software enables analysis of the internal fiber structure to improve these properties and the product development process. Fiber length distribution, diameter distribution, and through thickness orientation variation can be computed.

Royal DSM uses Avizo Software for glass fiber length and orientation analysis of reinforced polymers (GFRP).

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Courtesy of EMS Grivory

 

3D fiber reconstruction in fiber reinforced concrete

Fibers are used in concrete to increase its structural integrity. The characteristics of fiber-reinforced concrete change with varying fiber material geometries, distributions, orientations, and densities.

Avizo Software enables characterization of the tensile strength of the FRC by identifying the fibers and providing their average orientation. Further quantification is performed to analyze porosity distribution in the concrete, based on pore network modeling techniques.

Courtesy of EMPA

 

Manufacturing defect analysis of a bike frame carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)

Voids concentrate stress points in materials and can initiate cracks in composite materials. Therefore, volume fraction information and other microstructural characteristics such as spatial distribution and aspect ratio are of high value.

In this example, the correlation between matrix cracks and fiber density is analyzed. Fiber density is mapped on the segmented model. Density is low around matrix cracks (voids). Visual inspection allows for verification that voids are smaller than the gaps they create between fibers.

Data courtesy of Rigaku Corporation

 

Evolution of damage during the fatigue of 3D woven glass-fibre reinforced composites subjected to tension-tension loading observed by time-lapse X-ray tomography

Evaluation of material performance is of high importance. The ability to predict where damage occurs and how it evolves is critical in many industries. The nature of damage evolution captured in this study helps guide the design of a 3D composite with more resistance to fatigue damage.

Read the research paper 

Avizo fiber composite

Courtesy of Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, School of Materials, University of Manchester

 

Fertilizer influence on root growth

With the aim to prevent global food security issues, optimization of the design of fertilizer granules for plant breeding and soil quality enhancement is an important topic of research. MicroCT scans of the plant from germination to maturity allow for visualization and analysis of the interactions of root and fertilizer to inform the design process.

However, segmenting roots from X-ray tomography data is highly challenging for plants such as wheat, due to their fine roots and a density range similar to pore-water and organic matter found in the surrounding soil. The powerful XFiber extension of Avizo Software enables correlation of roots based on the greyscale information and automatically classifies them. Root length and diameter can then be computed to assess mean growth root rate per fertilizer.

Read the research paper 

Learn more

Courtesy of Sharif Ahmed, µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

 

Fiber orientation analysis of a 50% glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) based on a combination of semi-crystalline polyamide with partially aromatic copolyamide

Many industries face the challenge of designing lightweight materials. Sandwich-structured composites are a special class of composite materials with the typical features of low weight, high stiffness, and high strength. The fibers of such material enhance properties of the final part (strength and stiffness) while minimizing weight. Their distribution and direction are crucial factors for the mechanical properties of the final part.

Avizo Software enables analysis of the internal fiber structure to improve these properties and the product development process. Fiber length distribution, diameter distribution, and through thickness orientation variation can be computed.

Royal DSM uses Avizo Software for glass fiber length and orientation analysis of reinforced polymers (GFRP).

avizo fiber royaldsm

Courtesy of EMS Grivory

 

3D fiber reconstruction in fiber reinforced concrete

Fibers are used in concrete to increase its structural integrity. The characteristics of fiber-reinforced concrete change with varying fiber material geometries, distributions, orientations, and densities.

Avizo Software enables characterization of the tensile strength of the FRC by identifying the fibers and providing their average orientation. Further quantification is performed to analyze porosity distribution in the concrete, based on pore network modeling techniques.

Courtesy of EMPA

 

Manufacturing defect analysis of a bike frame carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)

Voids concentrate stress points in materials and can initiate cracks in composite materials. Therefore, volume fraction information and other microstructural characteristics such as spatial distribution and aspect ratio are of high value.

In this example, the correlation between matrix cracks and fiber density is analyzed. Fiber density is mapped on the segmented model. Density is low around matrix cracks (voids). Visual inspection allows for verification that voids are smaller than the gaps they create between fibers.

Data courtesy of Rigaku Corporation

 

Evolution of damage during the fatigue of 3D woven glass-fibre reinforced composites subjected to tension-tension loading observed by time-lapse X-ray tomography

Evaluation of material performance is of high importance. The ability to predict where damage occurs and how it evolves is critical in many industries. The nature of damage evolution captured in this study helps guide the design of a 3D composite with more resistance to fatigue damage.

Read the research paper 

Avizo fiber composite

Courtesy of Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, School of Materials, University of Manchester

 

Fertilizer influence on root growth

With the aim to prevent global food security issues, optimization of the design of fertilizer granules for plant breeding and soil quality enhancement is an important topic of research. MicroCT scans of the plant from germination to maturity allow for visualization and analysis of the interactions of root and fertilizer to inform the design process.

However, segmenting roots from X-ray tomography data is highly challenging for plants such as wheat, due to their fine roots and a density range similar to pore-water and organic matter found in the surrounding soil. The powerful XFiber extension of Avizo Software enables correlation of roots based on the greyscale information and automatically classifies them. Root length and diameter can then be computed to assess mean growth root rate per fertilizer.

Read the research paper 

Learn more

Courtesy of Sharif Ahmed, µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Services

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Introductory training

Shorten your learning curve and maximize your investment with this introductory training specifically designed for new users of Amira, Avizo and PerGeos Software.

The course consists of a lecture with hands-on sessions. The training material highlights the basic features and functionalities of Amira, Avizo and PerGeos Software.

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Advanced training

Maximize your investment and reduce your time-to-results with this advanced training specifically designed for existing users of Amira, Avizo and PerGeos Software.

The course consists of a lecture with hands-on sessions. The training material highlights advanced features and functionalities of Amira, Avizo and PerGeos Software.

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Custom development

With over 25 years of experience in 3D and image processing and hundreds of custom projects delivered to organizations small and large, Thermo Fisher Scientific can provide you with a solution tailored to fit your specific needs.

We can customize and expand our software solutions at various levels.


Resources

Avizo for Fiber Analysis - 3D fiber reconstruction in fiber reinforced concrete.
Study on CFRP composites used in the aviation industry.
Fiber characterization and orientation analysis in CFRP with Avizo Software.
Avizo fiber fertilizer influence on root growth.
Surgical mask fibers visualization and analysis with Avizo Software.
Avizo for Fiber Analysis - 3D fiber reconstruction in fiber reinforced concrete.
Study on CFRP composites used in the aviation industry.
Fiber characterization and orientation analysis in CFRP with Avizo Software.
Avizo fiber fertilizer influence on root growth.
Surgical mask fibers visualization and analysis with Avizo Software.

The solution of choice for fiber analysis

Avizo Software provides dedicated tools for fiber analysis:

  • Automatic segmentation of individual high-resolution fibers
  • Major orientations of low-resolution fibers
  • Quantification such as contact point or distance to closest neighbor
  • Fiber shape statistics (diameter, length, tortuosity, area, volume fraction, cross section perimeter, and area)
  • Statistics relative to the fibers' density (volume fraction, area, and tensor per material subdomain)
  • 3D plot of fiber's orientation on a sphere or half-sphere with properties mapped as color and height
  • Advanced fiber filtering modules

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