Case Studies

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Image showing abstract representation of modern power grids and advanced technologies used to control and monitor energy input

Consumer trust increased by new reference device

The energy grid is becoming increasingly more decarbonised. However, renewable energy sources are more variable compared to conventional energy sources, resulting in a great need to develop the metrological network required to control and monitor the energy grid. The changes in the energy grid system have also resulted in a nee...

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Thermal diffusivity measurements at high temperatures for space launcher engines

Industries increasingly rely on running their operations at high temperatures, up to 3000 °C, to increase the efficiency and reduce environmental footprint. However, before the Hi-TRACE project there was a metrological need for accurate thermophysical properties measurements with assessed measurement uncertainties. In the spac...

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Close up image of maintenance being performed on the exposed engine of an aircraft inside a large hanger

A low-cost 3D Large Volume Metrology system for the factories of the future

Even relatively small passenger planes have wingspans and fuselages exceeding 35 m in length, and larger, more modern aircraft can exceed 50 m or more. Due to the size of components in aviation, and many other industries, these must be correctly assembled, tracked and error mapped or ‘calibrated’ in situ. To do this requires th...

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Measuring nanoparticle shell thickness

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly used in a wide range of areas, and thus are expected to soon have a significant economic and environmental impact. In health they are used for targeted drug delivery, and in the energy sector they are used in photovoltaic technologies to improve solar cell efficiency compared to conventio...

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Close up of two hands holding a diagnostic pad showing a 3D schematic of a car engine. Two sections of the engine are in red indicating problematic areas

Providing accurate measurements for dynamic pressure applications

Many industrial sectors involve processes that undergo dynamic changes in temperature and pressure. One key area is the automotive sector where around 99.8% of all global transport is powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs). It has been estimated that improvements in engine designs have the potential to reduce fuel consum...

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Six pictures showing a human brain scan. Three images in upper row showing black and white pictures of the brain and below these the corresponding EPT images in green with orange indicating tissue sub-types

Quantifying the uncertainty of Electric Properties Tomography in medical imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic, mainly qualitative, technique used to visualise the soft tissues of a patient. The application of a strong magnetic field causes the protons in a patient’s hydrogen atoms to align with it. Radiofrequency pulses are then used to force the protons to move out of and back into alig...

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