Nowadays neutron imaging (radiography) has been applied in many fields, especially in industry and the research activities in multi disciplines. The special focus of ITMNR-8 is therefore on
Neutron Imaging for Applications in Industry and Science.
We hope this conference will further promote the applications of neutron imaging technology around the world. The sessions will cover the following topics.
Applications in industry
Neutron imaging technology is initially developed from neutron radiography with film and, until now, neutron radiography is widely used for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Neutron imaging (radiography) has been widely applied for advanced manufacturing, materials and processes, product maintenance, etc., such as the inspection of aviation engine blades, nuclear fuel elements, fuel cells, lithium batteries, cement products, and two-phase flow.
Usage in multi research disciplines
Neutron imaging technology is also widely used for material science, agriculture and biomedical science, archaeology and cultural heritage, geology and paleontology, etc. Sometimes, neutron imaging might be combined with other technologies to obtain more comprehensive information.
Facility and instrumentation developments
Beamlines, neutron optics and detectors are the basic components, and the efforts to improve spatial and time resolution have been made, including the development of neutron microscopy. Fast neutron imaging is still under development. In recent years the compact accelerator-driven neutron source has also been used for neutron imaging.
Neutron imaging methods developments
Examples of methods are stroboscopic and real-time imaging, energy selective imaging, neutron grating interferometry, polarized neutron imaging, dark-field imaging, indirect imaging, coded source imaging and combined usage of X-ray imaging.
Software developments and simulation studies
Various algorithms and software for image correction, image reconstruction, image enhancement, noise reduction and defect recognition are helpful to improve the effects of neutron imaging (radiography). The simulation for facility design and imaging quantification has already become an important means for the study of neutron imaging.
ITMNR-8 will consist of three components: