University of Manchester

3D tomography characterisation of porous graphite and calcium sulphate with controlled porosity

Dong Liu
Project Completed

Scientific Case

As part of the research for the project of QUBE: QUasi-Brittle fracture: a 3D Experimentally-validated approach. Two type of specimens porous graphite with 50% macro-porosity and hydrated calcium sulphate with controlled porosity (0%, 10% and 20%) have to be characterised by 3D tomography. Combined with high-resolution re-construction using focus ion beam milling at the University of Bristol, the bi-modal distribution of the pores can be quantified. This can provide 3D pore structure as input to the models at Manchester University and Oxford University.

Experiment Design

Four specimens in the form of cubes with the dimension of 20 mm x 20 mm x 20 mm would be tested.
Scanners and Rigs
Nikon Custom 320kV Bay
Not Required

Sample & Safety

Sample one: porous graphite.
Sample two: hydrated sulphate (naturally cast with 0% added porosity)
Sample three: hydrated sulphate (naturally cast with 10% added porosity)
Sample four: hydrated sulphate (naturally cast with 20% added porosity)
Low Hazard

Scan Records

Project Report