Micro-Computed Tomography, a 3D Tool for Non-destructive Visualisation and Analysis

  • E. Bongaers
  • R. Van den Bosch
Conference paper


Micro-Computed Tomography (microCT) is a powerful technique to visualize the microstructure of various materials, both biological as non-biological, in a non-destructive way. By means of x-rays the internal structure is revealed on a micro- or nanometer scale. As an example this paper will focus in the study of pores and pore networks in rocks for oil exploration. The resulting dataset of a micro-CT scan is a set of thin, virtual slices through the object. 3d analysis software can extract unique numerical characteristics, such as internal porosity, size distribution for pores or grains, etc. Visualisation software shows a realistic 3D object on the screen, Micro-CT has an added value and can provide new information in 3D, leading to new insights in materials and processes.


micro-computed tomography 3D visualization microstructure porosity rocks geological materials 


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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Bongaers
    • 1
  • R. Van den Bosch
    • 2
  1. 1.SkyScanKontichBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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