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AZtecCrystal

Collecting good quality data is only the beginning of any complete EBSD analysis. AZtecCrystal provides all the necessary tools to process and interrogate your EBSD data and to solve your materials problems. Seamlessly integrated with AZtecHKL or operated as a standalone program, AZtecCrystal sets the standard in EBSD data processing for experts and novices alike.

  • Optimised for fast processing and large datasets

  • Intuitive layout with selectable viewing modes

  • Full map, pole figure and ODF display and analysis

  • Multiple advanced microstructure interrogation tools

  • Intelligent data handling and materials settings


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AztecCrystal is a comprehensive software package for processing data collected using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). It is designed to have the ease of use necessary for newcomers to the EBSD technique, yet to have the advanced tools required for in-depth materials characterisation required by more experienced operators. Whatever you require from your EBSD data analysis, AZtecCrystal is sure to deliver.

Flexible

  • Multi-modal display: view the analytical tools necessary to solve every materials problem
  • Multi-layered map creation and display with no component limits
  • Ideal for all computers, from laptops to workstations

Fast

  • Quaternion-based algorithms for fastest data processing
  • Handles any size dataset from AZtec with ease: even the largest datasets are processed within seconds
  • Relevant data and settings are stored within each project for fast reloading

Intelligent

  • Designed around intelligent routines, such as void detection, GND density calculation and disorientation angle congruence
  • Comprehensive grain size analysis to ASTM standards with over 10 display options
  • Smart defaults and settings for all materials

Data Management

  • Utilises new flexible, open HDF5 data format (*.h5oina)
  • Simple export and launch directly from within AZtec
  • Varied demonstration datasets, used extensively in the comprehensive Help system
  • Visual preview of recently loaded datasets
  • Stores all map, pole figure, ODF, measurement, subset and material settings within each dataset
  • Advanced, customisable data cleaning, including automated void/crack detection
  • High-speed quaternion-based processing optimised for datasets up to 64 million analysis points
  • Automatic calculation of orientation and phase maps, pole figures and grain size upon opening new datasets
  • Flexible image and data export from all displays within AZtecCrystal

User Interface

  • Intuitive interface with AZtec theming and shared layout concept
  • Multiple, user-selectable Viewing Modes to access the necessary analysis tools
  • Separate project tree and settings panels for simple data and tool management
  • Main workspace panes can be undocked for viewing on multiple monitors
  • User-selectable zooming for work on different screen resolutions

Map Display and Analysis

  • Map display in either tabbed or (linked) tile form
  • Multiple map interaction mode (including point and grain selection, profile measurement and subset creation)
  • Compact legend display, exportable with maps
  • Unlimited, customisable map creation using individual map layers – no limits to the number of layers in any map
  • Multiple map layers, each fully customisable, including:
    • Pattern quality and misfit
    • Orientation colouring
    • Texture components
    • Strain and deformation (including GND density, Kernel Average Misorientation)
    • EDS element distribution
    • Grain size, shape, and internal orientation distribution
    • Grain / subgrain / phase boundaries
    • Special boundaries (including twins and coincident site lattice boundaries)
    • Orientation and lattice relationships
  • Separate display of all individual map values and distributions
  • Misorientation profile analysis tool, with variable width and multiple component display
  • Full-grain boundary disorientation analysis

Texture Analysis

  • Full, customisable pole figure (PF) display
  • Full, customisable inverse pole figure (IPF) display
  • Full orientation distribution function (ODF) analysis 
  • User-defined settings, including ODF calculation and display, density contouring, projection selection etc.
  • Pole plot calculation and display
  • Applied sample symmetry option
  • Data rotation to correct for sample mounting errors

Grain Size Analysis

  • User-defined grain size measurement
  • High-speed algorithms – 20,000 grains measured in < 15s
  • Multiple grain model displays
  • Grain size histogram display
  • Grain size number given to ASTM E2627 standard
  • Filtered grain size list for advanced data subsetting

Data Subsetting

  • Core functionality in AZtecCrystal enabling detailed interrogation of data
  • Subsets defined in multiple ways:
    • Directly from maps
    • Directly from ODFs and pole/inverse pole figures
    • Directly from filtered grain lists
    • Directly from any parameter range (e.g pattern quality, X-ray counts, Schmid factor, etc.) 
  • Flexible subset manipulation tools (morphological / combination / phase)
  • Subsets can be used to create new datasets

Exporting Data from AZtec

Cleaning and restoring projects

 

Project Properties 

 

GUI and Displays

 

Analysing Textures

 

Analysing Boundaries 

 

Measuring Profiles in EBSD Maps

 

Maps

 

Grain Analysis

Applications

AZtecCrystal enables fast, high-throughput analyses of any EBSD dataset. Optimised for speed yet designed for ease-of-use, AZtecCrystal delivers the versatility of the EBSD technique for all levels of user expertise. The primary fields of application are as follows, but AZtecCrystal is ideally suited for any application of the EBSD technique:

 

Failure analysis in steels and superalloys

  • Understanding the propagation of cracks through materials is key to designing materials that are less likely to fail
  • AZtecCrystal provides multiple tools that enable researchers to study the build up of plastic strain at crack tips and to investigate the relationship between grain structure, orientation and crack propagation

Measuring texture in rolled steels

  • Texture – the preferred crystallographic orientation of grains – controls many key materials properties and is a critical measurement in most processed metals, such as rolled steel
  • AZtecCrystal offers all the necessary tools for measuring and assessing texture in materials – orientation distribution functions (ODFs), pole and inverse pole figures, customisable texture component maps and numerous ways to determine texture fractions

Understanding deformation processes in rocks

  • Understanding the response of rocks to stress and strain as well as to variations in temperature and pressure is essential for an understanding of the processes that control plate tectonics, cause earthquakes and result in ore mineral emplacement
  • AZtecCrystal delivers rapid results highlighting deformation processes either in map form or via more advanced approaches such as boundary disorientation analysis

Grain boundary engineering of electronic components

  • The electrical performance of components is closely linked to the distribution and nature of crystallographic boundaries between and within grains – controlling this is known as grain boundary engineering
  • AZtecCrystal enables rapid characterisation of boundary populations, determining the proportion of special boundaries (such as coincident site lattice boundaries) and true determination of grain sizes on the nanometre to micrometre scale
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