Hercules is an EPSRC funded facility for correlative analysis of crystals in 3D. The facility has a unique combination of x-ray and electron analysis techniques and powerful software to correlate data sets and provide unique insights to material.
The project is a collaboration across the college of Science and Engineering at University of Leicester aiming to provide an open, easy to access facility for users both in Leicester and across the UK.
How can we help?
The Hercules project draws upon the expertise of the University of Leicester researchers to provide you with better insight into your materials problems. Whether it is understanding the impact of the microstructure on the macroscopic properties of your material or revealing hidden features, we want to help you.
We aim provide hassle free access for academic or industrial users.
- Simple application process.
- Review with an instrument expert to understand your problem and outline a plan.
- Access to state of the art facilities to analyse your samples.
- Support in understanding the data and next steps.
The Hercules project combines large scale x-ray analysis of macroscopic samples with the nanometre resolution of electron microscopy to characterise over multiple length scales.
It has long been common practice in finite element analysis to use variable length scales to cut down on computation time while still achieving resolution in critical regions of interest. The unique capabilities of the Hercules facility allow this approach to become a physical reality.
Learn more about the combination of different techniques available at different length scales.