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Portable X-ray sources for the industry

A new set of portable X-ray devices have been recently developed that may find many widespread industrial applications. They have been designed to be used either as components for radiographic equipment or for non-destructive testing and monitoring purposes.
Portable X-ray sources for the industry
Similar to medical radiographic imaging, industries employ ionising radiation in non-destructive testing for monitoring defects in products, materials and welded connections. Moreover, it has become quite typical that luggage and bags are subjected to X-ray imaging before passengers come on board. Although X-rays are widely used as diagnostic means independently of industrial application, most of this equipment is still too heavy and difficult to transport.

To address these needs of modern industry, the Russian Polytechnic University of Tomsk offers a set of four lightweight devices that present high X-ray output. The basic concept underneath is the use of method of employing square-similar high-voltage pulses at a frequency of 1kHz for X-ray generation. This method also allows easy adjustment of a large variety of radiation parameters and consequently broadens the range of applications.

The devices comprise of two units: a radiator, which is an X-ray tube with small focal stain size with a high radiation output and a control panel. Upon user's demand the devices may also include a remote control block allowing their control from distances up to 100m. Apart from their usual industrial applications, these devices may be utilised as components for both of the radiographic installations and X-ray imaging equipment, such as introscopes.
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