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EPSRC Reference: EP/C000307/1
Title: High Resolution EDS-EBSD Automated Phase Identification
Principal Investigator: Prangnell, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Lorimer, Professor G Humphreys, Professor FJ Robson, Professor J
Freer, Professor R
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UMIST
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 24 June 2004 Ends: 31 March 2005 Value (£): 86,365
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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Funding is sought to purchase a Thermo-Noran EDS microanalysis system which will be integrated with an existing high resolution Philips XL30 field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEGSEM) and HKL Electron Back Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) system. This will allow the novel technique of EDS-EBSD phase identification and mapping to be applied to a wide range of topical problems in materials science across the new School of Materials in the merged University of Manchester. Phase identification is performed by combining the crystallographic data from EBSD with the chemical composition data from EDS at each point the SEM electron beam interacts with the sample. This data is then compared to a phase database. This novel, combined, technique will allow rapid unique identification and mapping of the phases in a microstructure, even in complex multi phase materials.Automated phase identification is a powerful new method which will allow statistically significant data to be obtained on the size, distribution, and volume fraction of discrete phases in complex materials. Important examples of the application of this technique include: the identification and mapping of phases in cast structures, welds and thermo-mechanical treatments of alloys, - thus allowing comparison with modelling predictions during alloy and process design; the mapping of phases and domains in electronic ceramics and coatings, which control their functionality; and the mineral content and distribution in hard tissue implants.The proposal represents added value, as it will greatly enhance the power and versatility of an exiting nationally leading facility of high-resolution SEM and EBSD and is strongly supported by the new school of Materials in the unified university of Manchester, which will contribute 10k of funds towards the purchase of the equipment.
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