Computed tomography (CT) scanning is one of the best non-destructive techniques available to analyze and model the structure and distribution of materials such as hardwood and softwood; oil and gas; geological samples; or mechanical, automotive, and manufacturing equipment, amongst others.
FPInnovations’ Vancouver laboratory is equipped for many years now with a computed tomography (CT) scanner—a specialized scanning device that makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray images taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting it.
FPInnovations’ CT scanner, one of the world’s largest non-military CT scanning machines, can scan large and dense objects, which makes it unique. The scanning envelope, with a height of 5000 mm and a diameter of 1000 mm, can handle an object with a weight up to 2 tonnes, and its spatial resolution is 0.4–0.8 mm. The CT scanner is also certified with the Controlled Goods Program Certification.
The technology offers a wide range of practical applications: inspecting mechanical parts and assemblies, analyzing porosity, reverse engineering, scanning logs for internal defects, detecting anomalies at the glue-line interface in engineered wood products, characterizing density profiles in composite panels, etc. It could be used for equipment manufacturing as well as in a wide variety of sectors and industries, including mechanical, geological, automotive, archeological, oil and gas, and mining.