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College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

TP39: ENGIN-X; from crystals to crankshafts

Mark R Daymond (ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, OX11 0QX, UK) and Lyndon Edwards (Dept. of Materials Engineering, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK)

ENGIN-X, the recently constructed diffractometer at ISIS which was optimised for diffraction engineering measurements of stress, has just finished its first complete year of running. Along with an order of magnitude improvement in performance over the previous instrument, major hardware and software improvements have been implemented that considerably simplify the process of planning and executing an experiment for the average user.

These include easy changing all three dimensions of the gauge volume, CMM based laser scanning of objects prior to experimentation, computer controlled positioning and planning of experiments and automated data analysis.

The performance improvements achieved with ENGIN-X and the way that these innovations have simplified the way that experiments are carried out will be illustrated through a series of examples covering fundamental science explorations and the solution of real industrial problems.

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