Neutrons and muons provide powerful tools to solve a range of challenging industrial problems.
We collaborate with a wide range of companies, from SMEs to multinational corporations, with sectors including chemicals and plastics, healthcare, aerospace, transport, manufacturing, automotive and the energy industry.
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For an informal discussion on what is available, please contact the Industrial Liaison Manager Dr Christopher Frost on +44 (0)1235 445296.
The main route of for industry to access ISIS is through the Collaborative R&D programme. It allows companies to explore how neutrons or muons could help their research, capitalising on ISIS expertise in carrying out experiments and data analysis. ISIS scientists assist users through the experimental process, and also have an extensive network of contacts in academia. This helps companies wanting to form new collaborations to find people working in their field.
Scientists have created a model of a leaf’s waxy surface, similar to those found in wheat crops, in a project supported by the agrochemical company, Syngenta. They are now using the model at ISIS to study how surfactants, a key component in pesticide formulations, interact with the leaf surface to get into the plant and take effect. The results could lead to the fine-tuning of pesticide formulations to further increase crop yields in an attempt to meet the demand of feeding an ever growing global population.
Understanding the development and distribution of residual stresses caused by machining is key to improving machining processes. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), with Boeing, at the University of Sheffield have been using Engin-X at ISIS to study the evolution of residual stresses in AA7050 – an aluminium alloy commonly used in aerospace structures - as it is heated and then machined. This understanding will enable them to reduce non-conformance in the manufacturing process, and significantly reduce costs.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield, University of Durham and ISIS in collaboration with Start-up Company Ossila are using neutron reflectometry to look the formation of plastic solar cell films with the goal of developing devices which efficiently harness the power of the sun whilst being cheaper and easier to manufacture than the current silicon solar cells.
Ultrasonic peening (UP) is a technique for improving the fatigue performance of welded joints. Little research has been done on how UP-treated welds behave when they are subjected to real world conditions such as compressive overload or variable amplitude loading. Lloyd’s Register provides quality assurance to the marine industry, and they have been using ENGIN-X to investigate UP welded joints in these conditions. Understanding the process and its benefits will allow improved control of fatigue cracking, lower maintenance costs, and extending the life of welded connections in marine and other industries.
Introduction of new designs, novel fabrication methods or modifications to existing plant in the nuclear power generation industry are subject to intense scrutiny to ensure that safety is not compromised. Multi-national corporation AREVA has designed the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) to meet stringent demands for increased safety and reduced cost of electricity generation. A twin EPR power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset is planned and will be constructed using modern welding technology.