The CT - Quantitative Imaging Centre at InnoTech provides tomography imaging, image processing and visualization with an emphasis on the accurate extraction of quantitative information. Depending on the application, this may include structural or compositional information in a static or dynamically changing environment.
The Centre's primary focus is support for applied research and development in the areas of petroleum recovery, digital rock, and advanced materials. The services of the Centre are also available for industrial and academic use; InnoTech's expertise is geared toward unique and specialized needs.
X-Ray CT Imaging
Non-destructive examination of internal structure is provided by an Aquilion ONE helical CT scanner on a fee-for-service basis. This medical scanner produces high-resolution 3D images of items such as geological core samples, sand packs during recovery processes, and mechanical devices.
A wide variety of reconstruction algorithms and post-processing options are available to suit the object material and imaging requirements. The speed of the scanner makes it possible to track processes that change on a scale of minutes. Full 3D image reconstruction is fast enough to permit real-time interpretation and control.
CT is a non-destructive technique, which allows digital examination of specimens using X-rays to reveal interior details
Using targeted noise-reduction techniques, fine resolution of radiodensity can be achieved. Multiple energy scanning can provide further discrimination of materials by exploiting subtle differences in their attenuation spectra. Quantitative information can be extracted via customized calibrations.
- 0.5 mm x 0.35 mm x 0.35 mm voxels
- Maximum 50 cm field of view
- 1.9 m scan range
- 80 – 135 kV energy range
- 300 kg maximum weight
- Orbital sync and custom mountings for accurate registration
InnoTech provides x-ray characterization of powdered samples ranging from corrosion products and oil sands fines, to paint and soils. We use a nondestructive analytical method to identify and semi-quantitatively determine crystalline phases in unknown samples.
The diffractogram or x-ray diffraction pattern, obtained from an unknown sample is compared with reference patterns from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) database for the purpose of identification. We are also able to provide a semi-quantitative measure of phase concentration based on relative peak intensity and full clay analysis.
3D Visualization Centre
A number of software tools are available for image processing, measurement, and manipulation of quantitative data.
The 3D Visualization Centre provides stereoscopic viewing and exploration of data in three or four dimensions, in a venue sized for collaborative work or presentations to small groups.
- 3D printing
- Fluid flows in geological cores and sand packs
- Low-attenuation vessels and materials for x-ray use
- Thermal experiments
- High-pressure experiments
- Triaxial cell testing for mechanical properties
- PVT, solubility, diffusion/dispersion, and viscosity measurements for fluids
- Handling of specialized/hazardous materials
- Scanning electron microscopy
- X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
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