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Trade Mark ¿Xpection¿

The acronym ¿Xpection¿ has become a term for the whole procedure of materials inspection and residual lifetime assessment of components by real structure analysis using two-dimensional X-ray diffraction (2D-XRD) on site. It has therefore been decided to create a trademark ¿Xpection¿ comprising the procedure developed in the frame of the project.

The process of applying 2D-XRD for the assessment of the material¿s ageing state and the residual lifetime of the component is called ¿Xpection¿ and the component is being ¿xpectioned¿.

Potential application: The primary targeted application is inspection and maintenance. Further applications are quality control in production and inspection in other fields than those comprised in Xpection.

End users: Within the Xpection consortium the end users are fossil electric power generation and petro-chemical industry. Further potential end users are electric power generation other than fossil, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, pulp and paper industry, chemical industry, food industry, foundries, cement and concrete.

Main innovative features: The two-dimensional X-ray diffraction reveals the real crystallographic structure of the material comprising information about the grain size and texture, which are correlated with the ageing state of the material. It is an additional method to the conventional metallographic replica, and it provides additional information not yet comprised in the inspection and maintenance infrastructure. The expected commercial benefits are among others the reduction of replaced material by a non-destructive assessment of the ageing state.

The market and application sectors are comprised in the spectrum of potential end users mentioned above. Supposed that Xpection will be implemented in 50 % of them, a quite great market is then expected in future for the inspection performing industry, the XRD components manufacturers and for the research organisations providing further developments and improvements.

Potential barriers: The price for Xpection might be too high, especially in the initial state of application. Xpection could then be less competitive with alternative techniques.

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