Specialised Imaging has delivered a 16-channel SIM-D framing camera capable of capturing images at 1,000,000,000 frames per second to the UK’s National Physical Laboratory.
The laboratory (www.npl.co.uk) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available.
Gianluca Memoli, senior research scientist at NPL, is using the SIMD-16 for his cavitation research.
He said: “I particularly like the possibility of adjusting the timing of each single frame without paying with pixel resolution, as both factors are extremely valuable for complex phenomena like bubble dynamics.”
Originally introduced in 2006, the SIM framing camera range has undergone continuous technological development.
Applications for ultra high speed multiple framing cameras include material studies (impact mechanics, crack propagation, impact deformation), automotive (combustion research), aerospace (stress failure, aerodynamic performance), high voltage electrical discharge research, plasma display studies and micro-device research (dynamics of operation).
Wai Chan, managing director of Specialised Imaging Ltd., added: “We are delighted to have received this noteworthy order from such a prestigious research institute as NPL.”
“I feel our continuous investment in technical innovation is recognised by many researchers as providing them with reliable ultra-high speed imaging tools capable of helping them undertake leading-edge research by making measurements not previously possible and opening up new applications”.
The SIM-D framing camera provides the choice of four, six, 12, or even 16 separate optical channels without compromising performance or image quality.
Focusing functions can be controlled locally at the camera, whilst full remote operation is achieved over standard Ethernet cabling.
Optional fibre optic communications are available when the camera is used in electrically noisy environments.
Comprehensive operational software provides simple control of imaging parameters and extensive measurement tools to accurately analyse results. Image archiving in a wide range of industry standard file formats is supported.