Large scale facilities

The large scale facilities that are currently being built up in the south of Sweden, MaxIV and ESS, together with the Swedish co-financed material research beamline at DESI in Hamburg (PetraIII) gives researchers in the Swedish metal industry unprecedented possibilities for materials research using diffraction, spectroscopy and tomography.

We offers the Swedish metal industry help to effectively use and make benefit of these facilities, as a part of the research done in some of our current member research consortia, in bilateral projects or by grant financed research. We are taking part in the operation of the national platform Metalbeams for cooperation between industry, institute sector and academia in the area. During 2019 Swerim made a focused personal investment with employment of two experts that are situated in the south of Sweden close to the facilities. At Swerim in Kista there are experts with knowledge in the use of large scale facilities coupled to our material research areas such as low alloyed steels, stainless steel and production and process research.

Why Using neutron and synchrotron light?     

Synchrotron light is used in the same manner as when using lab based X-rays equipment for materials research but with the difference that the source is very much brighter. Not only this, it is important to note that the energy of synchrotron light is tuneable, which means that you can obtain information about the material on a different energy and physical scale and have access to the new techniques not available in the lab. This enables measurements that are done at the same time as when the material undergoes some simulated process step such as a heating cycle, deformation or other in-situ manipulation.

Analysis using neutrons are done similar to when studying materials with X-rays. Often, the two methods compliment each other. With neutron materials interior can easily be probed. For example, information concerning phases or strain and stress can be examined deep inside a weld or in other detail.

For further information please check our relevant projects and/or contact our field experts

Completed projects

  1. MicDif - Microstructure evolution in high precision strip steel during heat treatment
  2. Hard X-ray spectroscopy characterization of biocorrosion of additively manufactured Mg
  3. Operando corrosion studies of steel for industrial waste management by ambient pressure XPS
  4. In-situ corrosion studies of additively manufactured stainless steel by ambient pressure X-ray spectroscopy
  5. 3DXRD study of recrystallization process in multilayer aluminum alloys during brazing
  6. X-ray spectroscopy study of the effect of passive film composition on plasma nitriding efficiency
  7. SCCAM - Residual stresses and SCC in additively manufactured stainless steel by neutron diffraction
  8. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of oxide films on additively manufactured stainless steel
  9. Synchrotron Investigations of cracks in parts produced by laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing
  10. X-ray photoelectron microscopy study of the homogenization process in duplex stainless steels
  11. 3D phase mapping of austenite-martensite transition in 3rd generation advanced high strength steel.
  12. Precipitate characterization in electrical steels using combination of SANS and VSANS
  13. In-situ Synchrotron Investigations of Additive Manufacturing parts for Ni-base Superalloys
  14. Precipitation during hot rolling and cooling
  15. Synchrotron Investigations of cracks in parts produced by laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing
  16. Simultaneous stress and austenite phase mapping in 3rd generation automotive steels using photons
  17. Residual stress measurements in high strength steel after shearing operations
  18. Tomography for clean steel
  19. High-resolution characterisation of chemically complex low alloyed high strength martensitic steels
  20. High-resolution characterisation of secondary carbide precipitation in martensitic steels
  21. In-situ experiment to improve computational tools for duplex stainless steels
  22. Investigation of early stages of phase decomposition in duplex stainless steels by in situ SANS
  23. Simultaneous stress and austenite phase mapping in 3rd generation automotive steels using photons
  24. Post-processing tool for in-situ diffraction studies of phase transformations in metallic materials
  25. Measurement of residual stresses on a component using neutron diffraction technique, Pre-study