The University of Southampton has invested over £3M in μ-VIS high resolution X-Ray computed tomography (CT) facilities. The facility, which was launched in 2011, offers state-of-the-art equipment and draws on the expertise of over 40 academic staff from across the University. The center specifically aims to provide a holistic approach to advanced 3D imaging, supporting all steps between original domain problem/query, through to verified, publishable conclusions.
In combination with the μ-Vis facility, the David Fearn EP Laboratory can also cater for non-destructive testing via high resolution X-ray computed tomography for advanced 3D imaging (up to 200nm resolution). This has been used for manufacturing analysis, assembly analysis, defect analysis, FE model generation. It can also cater for Scanning Electron Microscopes analysis for high resolution imaging and profilometery for surface roughness characterisation.