Grain Structure Analysis for Metals & Alloys

The industries of material science and engineering are drivers toward innovations intended to tackle manufacturing and technology challenges. Materials science works across the intersection of physical science, natural science, mathematics and more to reveal technical knowledge for application in a variety of contexts. In the study of properties of advanced materials, it is crucial to meet the need for sophisticated methodologies in application to miniscule structural analysis of materials such as nanoscale fibres and metallic grains. 

An important facet of materials work is grain structure analysis for metals and alloys. Whether it is for manufacturing purposes, industry research and development, or quality assessment and regulation, grain structure analysis is central to much of the data collection in material science laboratories.

The Basics of Grain Structure Analysis

Performing grain structure analysis in material laboratories requires complex and precise processing to accomplish research and industry goals. Such objectives include assessing various grain sizes and their distribution. Delving into the intricacies of grain structure analysis, especially in metals and alloys, gives insight into how these materials can be used for practical purposes.

Titanium, steel, copper, aluminium, and ceramics are some of the metals and alloys that MIPAR has developed grain structure analysis software for. These advanced materials are widely applicable to the science and technology industries. From construction of physical machine components to use in inventive products, the grain structure of metals and alloys contribute to much of their versatile physical and chemical properties.

Automated Image Analysis of Grain Structure

Traditionally, separate analytical software or manual techniques is needed to gather grain structure data. This can be an inefficient and time-consuming process. However, MIPAR’s development of automated image analysis software has streamlined industrial material science work, particularly grain structure analysis, through enhanced visual data collection.

MIPAR image analysis software offers fully automated grain size solutions, the ability to analyse micrographs without continuous reference to a microscope, and the ability to run samples of data in batch sets. Additional benefits of MIPAR automated grain structure analysis systems include the generation of statistics and comprehensive reports to easily and efficiently share data across research and industry networks.

The incorporation of cutting-edge deep learning technology simplifies grain structure analysis into straightforward and discrete steps: trace, train, and apply. With this intuitive user interface, MIPAR’s grain structure analysis solves challenges like low contrast and noise in grain imaging as well as detecting grains while ignoring twins, all in a matter of seconds.

Grain Structure Analysis at MIPAR

MIPAR Image Analysis combines customized algorithms and powerful deep learning systems to produce technology able to perform sophisticated grain structure analysis processes. Whether it is titanium, copper, steel, aluminium, or ceramics, MIPAR material science software allowed for automated image analysis that streamlines the data analytics, offers a more comprehensive analytical landscape, and reduces the chance of error. If you have any questions regarding MIPAR’s grain structure analysis software or have a personalised application requiring a grain sample or objective not featured on our website, please contact a member of our MIPAR team today.

Grain structure analysis of Ti-6Al-4V (1). Fully automated Ti grain detection and measurement. Analyze a single image or run a sample batch.
Copper alloy grain size measurement following ASTM E-112 standard.

(1) A. Campbell, P. Murray, E. Yakushina, S. Marshall, W. Ion, New methods for automatic quantification of microstructural features using digital image processing, Materials & Design, Volume 141, 2018, Pages 395-406, ISSN 0264-1275, access here.