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Customer Feature: Micro-CT for Personal Hygiene Product Development

Micro-CT has been found to be an effective tool for studying and contributing to improvements of consumer hygiene products such as tampons.  Tampons are typically made up of fibrous materials, including rayon and other natural and/or polymeric fibers, and are a key product in the world of women’s health and hygiene. The …

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Micro-CT Examination of a Tree Mushroom

Polypores are a group of fleshy fungi with pores or tubes underneath. Taxonomically, the polypores are complicated and not completely understood, with an amazing amount of morphological diversity. While many can be identified by their macro features and the host tree they are attached to, if a mushroom grows on a large …

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X-ray Microscopy of Paper Currency Security Features

As Economic Impact Payments released by Congress in response to the current global pandemic begin rolling out across the country, we focused our imaging on paper currency and the many layers of security built into our paper notes. From special inks, textures, materials, and embedded components, the Treasury Department incorporates many security …

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Micro-CT Examination of Sardines Packed in Oil

The food processing and manufacturing industry utilizes micro-CT analysis in several ways, from studying the distribution of ingredients within products to inspecting finished packaging for foreign materials and checking product distribution within the packaging. Further, micro-CT allows researchers to study intact internal microstructure data non-invasively, as we were able to demonstrate with …

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Micro-CT for Primate Studies

Micro-CT examination of the primate cranial morphospace allows scientists to explore developmental, evolutionary, and functional influences that have contributed to primate cranial diversity. The primate cranium is quite complex, supporting vital functions such as respiration, olfaction, food acquisition and mastication, communication, and protection of the brain and eyes. Natural selection within different …

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Micro-CT Examination of Additively Manufactured Parts

Micro-CT has become widely used to analyze and test additively manufactured parts, particularly for porosity analysis and dimensional measurement. In conventional manufacturing, a weld would always be inspected for voids and inclusions, but in additive manufacturing the entire sample is essentially one large weld. Therefore, to qualify and verify safety-critical aerospace, automotive, …

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Micro-CT Applications for Fiber-Reinforced Plastics

Fiber characterization and orientation analysis Fibrous structures occur frequently in both natural and synthetic materials. With micro-CT, it is possible to analyze individual fiber properties (such as diameter), and orientation distribution. With several software tools, in-depth geometric characterization of fibers is possible. “The interface between fiber and matrix material in composites and …

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Micro-CT Examination of a Hockey Stick

Fiber-reinforced plastics (or polymers) are composite materials made of a polymer matrix that is reinforced with fibers. Typically, most of these composites have strong, stiff fibers in a matrix, which produces a component that often has a low density yet is strong and stiff. Fibers, such as glass (as in fiberglass), carbon, …

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Micro-CT Examination of Seal Integrity in Glass Vials

Closure systems for glass vials containing parenteral pharmaceuticals are critical for protecting the contents against microbial or other environmental contamination. The most common closure system consists of an elastomer stopper held in place by a crimped aluminum band. Compression is applied during the sealing process, which can affect the closure integrity. We …

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Micro-CT Examination of a Human Skull

One of the most intriguing and historic forensic examinations of a human skull was that of King Richard III’s, the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. King Richard III’s death in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses marked the end of …

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