September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015
Paul Scherrer Institut
Europe/Zurich timezone


The use of neutron imaging at research reactors or spallation neutron sources for industrial applications such as non-destructive examination and testing has already been proven in several industrialized countries.  This technique allows for studies of material characterization, strength, integrity, and durability without inflicting permanent damage to the material itself. The advantage of neutrons, compared to X-rays, is that they are sensitive to many light isotopes, have deeper penetration length, and are sensitive to magnetic structures and properties. Furthermore, as neutron imaging technology has advanced, its techniques have become more precise, efficient and much faster than in the past, specifically in the incorporation of digital radiography (2D), computed tomography (3D), energy-selective neutron imaging or dynamic real-time neutron imaging. Today the major fields of neutron imaging application include the mining, oil and petroleum industries, car and aviation industries, archaeology, environment, biology, medicine, physics, including energy sector that ranges from nuclear power industry to new technologies such as hydrogen driven fuel cells and lithium batteries.
This workshop will assist participating Member States to acquire and apply advanced neutron imaging techniques for increased safety, productivity, quality management and assurance of various industrial, both energy and non-energy related, applications. The implementation and application of such advanced neutron imaging techniques will require the conversion of film based neutron imaging equipment to digital technology. Most of these necessary steps in the form of already gained experience from well-established neutron imaging facilities will be covered during the workshop, including possible solutions for equipment characterization and installation licencing, staff training and qualification, steps towards standardization of techniques with respect to industrial applications, and the sharing of good practices and lessons learned from similar projects in the developed countries. In addition, regional networking opportunities for neutron imaging community will be discussed in order to help build partnership. The event is targeted for countries that seek to develop/upgrade digital neutron imaging facilities and/or extend their use for industrial applications.