Advanced 3D materials characterization

Avizo Software for Materials Science

Stronger, lighter, cleaner and safer materials are required every day for industrial applications. New techniques, such as additive manufacturing, require development of new metal powders and allows for the design of parts, something not possible with other techniques. And so composite materials are used in many applications to produce stronger and lighter parts, while energy materials are developed for cleaner power production and optimized storage.

Advances in microscopy and tomography techniques now allow for creation of digital models that are suitable for characterization of materials. For new material developments or for better characterization of existing ones (manufactured or natural), Thermo Scientific Avizo Software allows for understanding their structure, properties and performance. Whatever modality is used to acquire digital data, Avizo Software provides optimized workflows for characterization of materials as well as advanced image processing tools and simulation modules.

Avizo Software also provides a reliable, fully automatable solution for both research and industrial entities, allowing them to innovate faster, reduce time to market, and produce more reliable and better performing materials.

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Characterization of porous material depends on the size, distribution, and shape of pores and possibly the channels connecting them. For other materials, such as ceramic or glass, understanding the distribution of the different particle types is of upmost importance for estimating performance of the material. Porosity, tortuosity and permeability are some of the important parameters that help characterize the material.

Avizo Software provides an advanced workflow for pore network characterization and particles analysis, including quantification of pores or particles in the material, their volume distribution, shape and distance, as well as computation of material physical properties such as porosity, tortuosity or permeability.

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Transportation, energy production, machinery, building materials and consumer products require development of metals that are lighter, stronger and more durable. New manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing require the development of new types of metal powders.

Avizo Software helps understand the structure-property relationship in metals or alloys. Its advanced quantification capability allows for the measurement of the quality of metal powder used for additive manufacturing. Sphericity, size and the coating of each grain of powder can be measured in order to assert quality of the powder.

Composite materials are making their way into many different application areas, ranging from aerospace to automotive and construction. Their properties improve stiffness and strength and allow for design of lightweight components at a reasonable cost.

Avizo Software allows for analysis of the fibers that reinforce these materials, computing length, orientation and density. It also detects matrix defects such as voids or foreign debris, cracking or delamination, and richness or dryness.
Avizo Software can analyze pore networks for the latest micro- and/or nano-porous composites, allowing for better understanding of the material properties and quality control on industrial parts made of composite material.
Analysis of deformations of the material under physical constraints allows also for damage prediction of deficiencies.

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Courtesy of L. Laiarinandrasana & T. Morgeneyer (Centre des Matériaux Mines ParisTech), and L. Helfen (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
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The search for alternative energy sources implies new discoveries in materials science and new developments for catalysts, solar cells or batteries. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), for example, are one of the most promising electrochemical devices for the efficient co-generation of heat and electricity of fuel gases.

Avizo Software allows for the estimation of the tortuosity and permeability of the porous phase of the electrode; thus, effective transport parameters can be further used in the electrochemical performance simulation. Quantification of triple phase boundary (TPB), phase distribution and connectivity further allows for characterization of the cell’s performance.

Courtesy of Jochen Joos, Institut für Angewandte Materialien - Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik (IAM-WET), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Courtesy of Dr. Xuekun Lu, University College London

Recent progress in manufacturing and characterization of biomaterials has led to innovative development in tissue engineering and scaffold techniques.

Avizo Software can be used to characterize such highly porous media, while also quantifying pore distribution and size as well as high interconnectivity of the porous network. From there, mechanical strength and effective surface for cell attachment can be determined. Furthermore, Avizo Software can be used to validate experiments by generating Finite Element Analysis models and collaborating with FEA solvers, as well as performing deformation analysis from a material sample subjected to physical constraints.

Courtesy of Prof. A. Largeteau and Dr. Mythili Prakasam, Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry in Bordeaux and University of Bordeaux, France

Semiconductor device manufacturers and designers routinely push the boundaries of physics. Defect detection and failure analysis, performance and process evaluation, and materials characterization are key to successful commercialization of new electronic device.

Avizo Software’s advanced 3D visualization and image processing tools allow for fast detection of defects such as issues linked to voids in the solder balls of a Ball Grid Array (BGA).

Courtesy of nanoX Technology Pte Ltd

3D imaging techniques, such as X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide insights into food structure and how it changes in various situations, including processing operations.

Avizo Software's comprehensive food and seeds analysis toolset makes it easy to perform microstructural characterization and better understand the relation of microstructure to properties needed in food engineering, chemistry, microbiology and safety.

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Courtesy of Pawan S Takhar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The solution of choice for Materials Science

Avizo Software is an advanced application for exploring and understanding materials structures and properties, in a wide range of materials science research areas and for many types of materials.

From straightforward visualization and measurement to advanced image processing, quantification, analysis and reporting, Avizo Software provides a comprehensive, multimodality digital lab for advanced 2D and 3D materials characterization.


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