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Techniques such as non-destructive 3D computer tomography let us look inside the interior of rock cores to determine factors that affect liquid flow through samples.

This project ran by the International Centre for Advanced Materials explores liquid flow for a variety of applications using X-ray Computer Tomography. We use imaging technology to look at the interior of rock core samples so that we might more efficiently recover oil from wells and discover the impact that additives to liquid can make on liquid flow.

Work undertaken at the Henry Mosley X-Ray Imaging Facility has explored this area using bead packs of various densities to simulate rock core samples. From images like those pictured opposite we have observed a number of differences between in the behaviour of liquid under various conditions.