Archimedes revisited: Computer assisted micro-volumetric modification of the liquid displacement method for porosity measurement of highly porous light materials

Ali Moradi, Sumit Pramanik, Forough Ataollahi, Tunku Kamarul, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy

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    Abstract

    Precise and accurate porosity measurement is essential for characterization of porous materials. Considering Archimedes' principle based liquid displacement methods of measuring porosity we have developed an excellent modified micro-volumetric method of porosity measurement. Changes in the liquid level in a glass pipette after immersing and also removing the porous sample were recorded by using a digital camera and analysed by ImageJ® software. Results of porosity measurement through a micro-volumetric method were compared with micro-CT results. Bland-Altman analysis showed a much higher precision and accuracy for our micro-volumetric method (bias = -0.023, CI:] -0.459, 0.413[, SD = 1.96 O') compared to the micro-CT method (bias = 6.075, CI:] -20.993, 33.142[, SD = 1.96 O'). Our highly precise and accurate micro-volumetric method of porosity measurement is particularly applicable to small ultra-light highly porous materials.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4396-4401
    Number of pages6
    JournalAnalytical Methods
    Volume6
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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