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Three-Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Microtomographic Imaging of Composite Materials

  • S.L. Dieckman (a1), P. Rizo (a2), N. Gopalsami (a1) and R. E. Botto (a3)

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This paper presents a new, three-dimensional (3-D) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging technique for spatially mapping proton distributions in green-state ceramic composites. The technique is based on a 3-D back-projection protocol for data acquisition, and a reconstruction technique based on 3-D Radon transform inversion. In principle, the 3-D methodology provides higher spatial resolution of solid materials than is possible with conventional slice-selection protocols. The applicability of 3-D NMR imaging has been demonstrated by mapping the organic additive distribution (2.5 wt.%) in cold-pressed Si3 4 whisker-reinforced Si3 4 ceramic composites. Three-dimensional X-ray computed tomography (CT) also has been employed for mapping voids and inclusions within the composite specimen. Combining information from both imaging modalities provides an extremely powerful nondestructive evaluation tool for materials characterization.

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Three-Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Microtomographic Imaging of Composite Materials

  • S.L. Dieckman (a1), P. Rizo (a2), N. Gopalsami (a1) and R. E. Botto (a3)

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