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X-ray and CT inspection enables non-destructive testing in material research

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Chesapeake’s 450kV micro-focus system  identifies damage and failure modes in composites

Chesapeake Testing based in Maryland, USA use a collection of X-ray and CT equipment including the dual-source 225/450kV walk-in room system to facilitate non-destructive testing. Chesapeake use X-ray and CT in a wide range of applications from ballistics, sporting goods, to aerospace and automotive components, but the high resolution system has become an extremely valuable tool in material research too.

X-ray and CT: Carbon fiber scan

A carbon fiber cut away scan at Chesapeake Testing.

Chris Peitsch, Lead NDT Engineer at Chesapeake Testing recently discussed the many benefits of X-ray and CT in the analysis of composite materials. He explains that the versatile process allows for the inspection and evaluation of almost any material at various stages of the manufacturing process.

From the consistency and volume of fibre, to structural and failure analysis, CT has proven to be a very powerful tool in non-destructive testing. The high resolution imaging means small defects and failure modes are easily detected and visualized, identifying problems that had previously gone unnoticed. Not only does X-ray and Computed Tomography inspection offer a greater insight, it is a much faster and cheaper alternative to traditional destructive methods.


Take a look at some examples of the composite material scans from Chesapeake Testing and read more about  the benefits of CT in material research here.

Or visit Chesapeake’s Flickr page to check out some great images and other applications of X-ray and CT  from fields including biology, electronic, and many more.


225/450kV X-ray and CT scanning system

225/450kV CT scanning walk-in room at Chesapeake Testing.


Find out more about Nikon Metrology’s X-ray and CT inpection solutions here.