Advanced visualization and analysis
Characterization of porous material depends on the size, distribution, and shape of pores and possibly the channels connecting them. For other materials, such as ceramic or glass, understanding the distribution of the different particle types is of upmost importance for estimating performance of the material. Porosity, tortuosity and permeability are some of the important parameters that help characterize the material.
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Avizo Software provides an advanced workflow for pore network characterization and particles analysis, including quantification of pores or particles in the material, their volume distribution, shape and distance, as well as computation of material physical properties such as porosity, tortuosity or permeability.
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The aim of this paper was to develop a model that can characterize the actual micropore structures in coal and gain an in-depth insight into water’s seepage rules in coal pores under different pressure gradients from a microscopic perspective. To achieve this goal, long-flame coals were first scanned by an X-ray 3D microscope; then, through a representative elementary volume (REV) analysis, the optimal side length was determined to be 60 μm; subsequently, by using Avizo software, the coal micropore structures were acquired.