Accessing NXCT Equipment

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How can I access the facilities at the NXCT?

Whether you’ve used X-ray Computed Tomography before or are looking to explore what the technique can do for you, we have a range of access models to support academic and industry users.

To use a piece of equipment at an NXCT facility, including the X-ray CT scanners and in situ stages or environments, you need to fill in an online application form. You can see what information we will ask for here: NXCT application requirement.

Find out what to do if you would like to use NXCT facilities below:

Make an enquiry
  • If you’re planning a research project proposal and need to identify costings based on your requirements
  • If you are unsure which piece of equipment you may need for your activity
  • If you are a commercial company would like to undertake XCT experiments
  • If you have no experience with X-ray Computed Tomography and you would like to find out more about what it can do

You can make an enquiry to an NXCT Partner via the Facilities page or make a general enquiry here.

Complete an NXCT application form
  • If you know exactly which piece of equipment you need for your work
  • If you want to apply to use our computing resources

You can complete the NXCT application form here.

Once your application is submitted we will send you acknowledgment within 3 working days along with any clarifications we need.

If you can directly fund the work (e.g. funded by a grant or other monies) we will simply assess the technical feasibility of the work and ensure we allocate the best equipment and expertise for your needs.

Free Beamtime Access Scheme

The NXCT has funding available to support a research, teaching or public engagement topic that requires access to X-ray Computed Tomography facilities. To seek funding to access our equipment please review the Free Beamtime Access Scheme eligibility guidelines and request through the NXCT application form.

We are currently only able to offer free at point of access funding to academic and not-for-profit organisations. In future we hope to make this available to SMEs. Please contact us if you are an SME interested in utilising NXCT facilities and we can discuss possible funding routes.

Access costs

Access charges for all of our facilities are calculated using TRAC (transparent approach to costing). Each piece of equipment has a daily charge rate. Please contact us for prices for individual scanners, rigs and computing/software access via our enquiry form.

As a guideline the average cost of an X-ray scanner is £1000 per day and includes use of the scanner with staff support. Staff support is available within the working day but scans can be left to run overnight.

Rigs costs £300 per day to use.

There is a daily charge for accessing our computing/software if you have not collected your data within the NXCT. The price will depend on your needs. Please contact us directly to find out more.

IT Resources

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