Dual network extraction algorithm to investigate multiple transport processes in porous materials: Image-based modeling of pore and grain scale processes
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Image processing of 3D tomographic images to extract structural information of porous materials has become extremely important in porous media research with the commoditization of x-ray tomography equipment to the lab scale. Extracted pore networks from images using image analysis techniques enable transport properties calculation for bigger domains at a low computational cost, allowing pore-scale investigation of porous media over meaningful macroscopic length scales. The present study reports a pore network extraction algorithm to simultaneously extract void and solid networks from tomographic images of porous materials using simple image analysis techniques. Crucially, it includes connectivity and geometrical information of both void and solid phases as well as the interlinking of these phases with each other. Validation was obtained on networks extracted from simple cubic and random sphere packings over a range of porosities. The effective diffusivity in the void phase and thermal conductivity in the solid phase was then calculated and found to agree well with direct numerical simulation results on the images, as well as a range of experimental data. One important outcome of this work was a novel and accurate means of calculating interfacial areas between grains and voids directly from digital images, which is critical to many phenomena where phase interactions occur. The efficient ‘dual network’ algorithm is written in PYTHON using open source tools and provides a new way to study critical processes that depend on transport in both void and solid phase such as catalytic reactors and electrochemical systems.
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Zohaib Atiq Khan, Tom Tranter, Mehrez Agnaou, Ali Elkamel, Jeff Gostick (2019). Dual network extraction algorithm to investigate multiple transport processes in porous materials: Image-based modeling of pore and grain scale processes. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/14358
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