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The University of Manchester at Harwell


We operate and maintain several pieces of equipment that are used for in situ experiments on beamlines or that can be used for off-line measurements complementing X-ray or neutron experiments. When The University of Manchester equipment is used in an experiment that results in a publication, the publication will reference The University of Manchester collaboration in the following manner: "This experiment was possible due to the contribution of The University of Manchester at Harwell (UoMaH) rig reference rig name".

Equipment currently available:

Deben CT500 micro-tensile test machine for tomography

  • Applied force: Up to 100 N, 1% accuracy
  • Movement: up to 10 mm stroke, 300 nm accuracy
  • Sample size: up to 25 mm long, 6 mm diameter

Deben CT5000 micro-tensile test machine for tomography

  • Applied force: Up to 5 kN, 1% accuracy, 500 N load cell also available
  • Movement: up to 10 mm stroke, 300 nm accuracy
  • Sample size: up to 35 mm long, 20 mm diameter
  • Temperature control: -20 – 160 °C, monitoring to 0.1 °C

Deben CT5000 – toxics containment cell

  • Containment: double-walled
  • Sample volume: 15 mm long, 8.5 mm diameter
  • Compression stroke: 3 mm
  • Room temperature and pressure only
  • External SF6 leak-test documents available (please email for information)

Electro-thermo-mechanical tester (ETMT)

  • 3 kN universal test machine
  • Fast heating of samples through direct electrical resistance heating
  • Heating rate up to 200 °C/s.
  • Cooling rate up to 100 °C/s.
  • Optional inert gas environment

Energetic materials confinement and interlock system

  • For fast (10 kHz) radiography of energetic materials undergoing deflagration to detonation transition (DDT)
  • Maximum 350 mg of material

Impactor and interlock system

  • For fast imaging and radiography of materials under 30-80 m/s impact
  • Range of impactors available on request

Nikon CT 225ST – X-ray computed tomography system

Our Nikon XTEK XTH 225 micro-focus CT system captures the internal geometry and morphology of a wide range of materials.


  • Advance material research (porosity, distribution of specimens, real-time radiography of structural modification etc.)
  • Fault detection
  • Digital archiving of models
  • Assembly inspection of complex mechanism or parts
  • Part to CAD comparison
  • Analysis of biological structures (medical or palaeontological samples)
  • Non-destructive technique to study hidden features of historical and archaeological samples.


  • Suitable for a wide range of materials and sample sizes
  • Flexibility combined in a single system: X-ray for quick visual inspection, CT for in-depth analysis
  • Fast data capture and high-quality images
  • Fast operation with interactive joystick navigation
  • High-resolution digital imaging and processing
  • Safe system
  • Tight integration with industry standard post-processing applications
  • Can be used in conjunction with a variety of rigs for mechanical testing (i.e. tension, compression, indentation etc.).


  • Powerful 225 kV micro-focus source with a 3 µm spot size
  • W reflection target and an optional multi-metal reflection target (W, Cu, Mo, Si).
  • 5-axis fully programmable part manipulator  X(450 nm), Y(350 nm), Z (725 nm), Tilt (+/- 30o), Rotation (330o)
  • Real-time X-ray visualization and fast CT reconstruction
  • Inspection cabinet (2.4 m x 1.3 m x 2.2 m) can accommodate samples up to 50 kg and 50 cm diameter in addition to rigs.
  • Option to image sub-volumes (region of interest) within larger specimens (not available for all samples)
  • System to allow routing of cables and pipes that can control and feed in situ rigs for time-resolved (4D) µ-CT experiments.
  • 16 bit flat panel detector with 2000 x 2000 active pixels and 200 µm pixel size
  • Inspect-X software
  • Scan times vary from 30 minutes to several hours
  • Resolution will vary from three to hundreds of microns, depending the size of the samples.

Data analysis will be performed either in house or by 3Dmagination.

Radiochemistry containment cell

  • Transuranic Sample Holder for XAS (TSH-XAS)
  • Uses standard Nalgene cryovial for sample
  • Triple-walled containment cell
  • Design and testing documents available (please email for information)
  • Made by Fairbrother and Grimshaw Engineering Ltd
  • Contact Sam Shaw for advice, systems of work and loan of cells