Neutron Imaging of Laser Melted SS316 Test Objects with Spatially Resolved Small Angle Neutron Scattering
Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, USA
National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Dr., Mail Stop 8461, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8461, USA
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 30 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 5 December 2017
A novel neutron far field interferometer is explored for sub-micron porosity detection in laser sintered stainless steel alloy 316 (SS316) test objects. The results shown are images and volumes of the first quantitative neutron dark-field tomography at various autocorrelation lengths,
. In this preliminary work, the beam defining slits were adjusted to an uncalibrated opening of 0.5 mm horizontal and 5 cm vertical; the images are blurred along the vertical direction. In spite of the blurred attenuation images, the dark-field images reveal structural information at the micron-scale. The topics explored include: the accessible size range of defects, potentially 338 nm to 4.5
m, that can be imaged with the small angle scattering images; the spatial resolution of the attenuation image; the maximum sample dimensions compatible with interferometry optics and neutron attenuation; the procedure for reduction of the raw interferogram images into attenuation, differential phase contrast, and small angle scattering (dark-field) images; and the role of neutron far field interferometry in additive manufacturing to assess sub-micron porosity.
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Brooks, A.J.; Knapp, G.L.; Yuan, J.; Lowery, C.G.; Pan, M.; Cadigan, B.E.; Guo, S.; Hussey, D.S.; Butler, L.G. Neutron Imaging of Laser Melted SS316 Test Objects with Spatially Resolved Small Angle Neutron Scattering. J. Imaging 2017, 3, 58.
Brooks AJ, Knapp GL, Yuan J, Lowery CG, Pan M, Cadigan BE, Guo S, Hussey DS, Butler LG. Neutron Imaging of Laser Melted SS316 Test Objects with Spatially Resolved Small Angle Neutron Scattering. Journal of Imaging. 2017; 3(4):58.
Brooks, Adam J.; Knapp, Gerald L.; Yuan, Jumao; Lowery, Caroline G.; Pan, Max; Cadigan, Bridget E.; Guo, Shengmin; Hussey, Daniel S.; Butler, Leslie G. 2017. "Neutron Imaging of Laser Melted SS316 Test Objects with Spatially Resolved Small Angle Neutron Scattering." J. Imaging 3, no. 4: 58.
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