CEMAS's high-end instruments produce a wealth of complex data. Equally important to the acquisition of these data, are the processing and analysis tools required to interpret them. As such, CEMAS users have access to a range of post-processing tools and support.

MIPAR is a comprehensive software suite that offers interactive and intuitive applications for the processing, analysis, visualization, and quanitifcation of 2-D microscopic images and 3-D microscopy datasets. In development since 2007 within the Center for Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM), this software suite has grown rapidly due in large part to the extensive testing and application carried out by many CAMM and CEMAS researchers. It uniquely offers comprehensive environments for both 2-D and 3-D dataset processing/analysis where specific environments are designed for different tasks.

MIPAR is a powerful program that is easy to use, which has been its most recognized feature and has allowed suers to extract meaningful infomration from their 2-D and 3-D data in a fraction of the time necessary with other software solutions.

Beyond this intuitive user experience, MIPAR's advanced image segmentation algorithms offer unparalleled solutions to complex image analysis problems. For example, tools such as pattern mapping have allowed researchers to visualize and quantify features from 2-D and 3-D images previously thought to only be possible after days or weeks of tedious manual analysis.

While quantification is typically the ultimate goal of 2-D or 3-D data analysis, visualization is invaluable for communicating results to collaborators and community members. In the area of 3-D visualization, CEMAS has relied on FEI's flagship Avizo software for the final rendering and animation of 3-D reconstructions. Avizo's powerful tools are in a league of their own, and the combination of MIPAR's processing with Avizo's visualization has proven to be a state-of-the-art toolset.


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Yufeng Zheng and John Sosa, BSE imaging of Ti-5553 (Ti-Al5-Mo5-V5-Cr3) using the Sirion microscope.

Researchers were investigating the mechanism of alpha-Ti hcp phase formation and the influence, or lack thereof, of other metastable phases. This work required a quantitative description of fine micro-structural features and the FEI Sirion high-resolution SEM acquired this backscatter-electron (BSE) micrograph of a-precipitates in Ti-5553. MIPAR was used to describe quantitatively and visualize alpha precipitate number density within and across microstructures resulting from difference processing conditions. This work will lead to advanced predictive capabilities of alpha phase formation in titanium alloys. 

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