X-Rays For Cars

October 29, 1998

A new device that X-rays coatings on car body parts will help manufacturers ensure that vehicles are properly protected from corrosion. The machine flashes radiation onto the surface of body panels and measures the fluorescent emissions given off. Gaps or defects are then easily spotted, allowing manufacturers to ensure that protective coatings and layers of paint are properly applied to the surface.

The device, developed by Farnborough based company YSI (UK), known as the X-Met 970, can be used directly on-line in the car production plant. It only takes five seconds to work and is non-destructive so does not need to come into direct contact with the surface of the material being tested. This technique for measuring thin coatings is also safer than alternative methods as the operator is shielded from the radioactive source by a protective shutter. The steel and aluminium, and paper coating industries could also benefit from using this instrument.

PLEASE MENTION MATERIALS WORLD AS THE SOURCE OF THIS ITEM

For further information or a full copy of the article please contact Andrew McLaughlin on tel: 0171 451 7395; fax: 0171 839 2289 or email: Andrew_Mclaughlin@materials.org.uk
-end-
Notes for Editors

1. Materials World is the journal of the Institute of Materials, the professional body of more than 19,000 materials scientists and engineers throughout Europe.

2. The journal is distributed to all of the Institute's members who work in areas such as plastics, rubber, steel, metals and ceramics.

3. Materials World is also available on the web: http://www.materials.co.uk/mwldweb/mwhome.htm

4. For further information please contact Andrew McLaughlin to arrange an interview.
-end-


Institute of Materials

Related Corrosion Articles from Brightsurf:

Story Tips: Remote population counting, slowing corrosion and turning down the heat
ORNL Story tips: Remote population counting, slowing corrosion and turning down the heat

Cement-free concrete beats corrosion and gives fatbergs the flush
Researchers from RMIT University have developed an eco-friendly zero-cement concrete, which all but eliminates corrosion.

Sunflower oil shows unexpected efficiency in corrosion prevention
Sunflower oil, which is found in almost every home, can be used not only in cooking, everyday life and cosmetology - it will help avoid complications (gas hydrates and corrosion) during oil and gas production.

Waterborne polyurea/urethanes significantly reduce hydrate growth rate in pipelines
A series of inhibitors has appeared with new reagents based on water-soluble polyurethanes.

Sulfonated chitosan studied as potential biodegradable corrosion inhibitor
Hydrate formation has long been a problem for hydrocarbon production in the Arctic.

Does graphene cause or prevent the corrosion of copper? New study finally settles the debate
Graphene has attracted the interest of researchers in recent years because, despite its apparent anti-corrosive properties, its proximity was seen to increase the corrosion of copper.

Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
The materials the United States and other countries plan to use to store high level nuclear waste will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew, because of the way those materials interact, new research shows.

Marine biology: Acidified oceans may corrode shark scales
Prolonged exposure to high carbon dioxide (acidified) seawater may corrode tooth-like scales (denticles) covering the skin of puffadder shysharks, a study in Scientific Reports suggests.

Finding out the factors that most influence the steel corrosion in reinforced concrete
This process causes structures to deteriorate internally and can even cause buildings to collapse.

Researchers strengthen weakest link in manufacturing strong materials
Industrial and automotive machinery, such as automotive engine parts, contain materials that are, heat-, wear-, and corrosion-resistant.

Read More: Corrosion News and Corrosion Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.