Advanced polymeric foams are used in a wide range of industrial and R&D applications. Their properties strongly depend upon the cell structure. Traditionally, their microstructure has been studied using optical or electron microscopy, limiting the investigations to sample's surface only. To overcome this shortcoming, the use of X-ray micro-tomography imaging is here adopted to allow for a complete 3D, non-destructive analysis of advanced polymeric foams. This work brings to fruition high resolution and low-contrast imaging techniques to perform quantitative analyses onto polymeric foams, where the low contrast of reconstructed structural features might hamper accurate quantitative analyses. Local structural features of individual cells are statistically evaluated, showing the key role of the achieved resolution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering
De Pascalis, F., Nacucchi, M., Scatto, M., & Albertoni, R. (2016). Quantitative characterisation of low-density, high performance polymeric foams using high resolution X-ray computed tomography and laser confocal microscopy. NDT and E International, 83, 123 - 133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ndteint.2016.06.010