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SCIPORE Report Summary

Project ID: 341225
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Netherlands

Mid-Term Report Summary - SCIPORE (A new paradigm in modelling flow and transport in porous media: revisiting foundations of porous media science)

How can one model two-phase flow while taking into account the real and complex geometry of a granular material? How about a fibrous material? How fluid phases invade the pore spaces? How can we improve performance of products such as paper in inkjet printing, diapers, or fuel cells? These are essential questions which require a profound understanding of movement of air and a liquid in various types of porous materials. In this project, we have used advanced imaging instruments, such as a confocal laser microscope, a scanning electron microscope, a computer tomography scanner, and digital cameras, in order to get high-resolution images of the pore space and the distribution of fluids there. We develop numerical computer models for calculation of the fate of fluids in such systems. The quality of these models is checked and improved through comparison to experimental results. Once we have confidence in these models, we can use them for design and improvement of products such as paper, diapers, and fuel cells.

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