The Institut Laue-Langevin is the European source of neutrons – an international research centre at the leading edge of #neutron science and technology – based in Grenoble, France.
The ILL makes its facilities and expertise available to external visiting scientists carrying out neutron experiments on their research topic. About 1400 researchers from over 40 countries come to the ILL each year, to perform 640 experiments in average.
Research focuses primarily on fundamental science in a variety of fields (condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology, nuclear physics and materials science) and on close collaborations – at different levels of confidentiality – with the R&D departments of industrial enterprises.
Within the Seatbelt project, the ILL will bring its expertise in 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰 imaging at its Neutron and X-ray Tomography instrument “NeXT”, to assess the safety characteristics of innovative battery materials under extreme conditions.
As an example, the electromechanical behaviour of battery key components will be studied by radiography using neutrons and/or X-rays, during the mechanical deformation caused by extreme temperature and cyclic bending.