Industrial applications of neutrons
Advanced materials are designed and applied almost everywhere; from robotics to genetics and almost everything in-between. The specific characteristics of a material, such as electrical conductivity, or tensile strength, make it suitable for a certain purpose. Efficient, effective final devices and systems utilise these unique characteristics but first require the identification and engineering of the best materials and components with which to build them. Neutron science therefore can lead to a huge range of applications in industry, from revealing points of weakness in materials, to enabling the analysis of samples under real-world testing conditions.
Neutron sources and instruments are themselves impressive feats of engineering. A substantial portion of the workforce at neutron facilities are therefore engineers, with a dedicated role in maintaining and innovating the infrastructure needed to support the best scientific output.