Pore-Cor Research Suite
Category Contaminant transport (3D)
Publisher  University of Plymouth 
Platform Win95/98, WinNT, Win2000, WinXP
Status Commercial
Description Pore-Cor (Pore-Level Properties Correlator) is a software package which allows the study of the pore level properties of any mesoporous or macroporous solid (i.e. a solid with pore sizes greater than 2 nm diameter) starting from mercury intrusion/extrusion experimental data. It is not dependant on the material used but concentrates on the void geometry, and is only concerned with the nature of the solid phase when this affects the void geometry - for example if the solid is compressible. In principle, therefore, it can be used to study any meso- or macro-porous solid. The properties studied include: Mercury intrusion and extrusion, or intrusion and extrusion of another non-wetting fluid such as air displacing water; Tortuosity, diffusion and formation factor; Absolute permeability to a liquid, nitrogen (and hence air) or methane; Colloid flow formation damage; Polymer pore plugging; Sample edge effects; Particle size distribution; Surface area; Dynamic wetting by a wetting fluid; Directionally anisotropic media; Structural effects in soils, using water retention curves generated automatically or by the user; Materials compressibility (bulk modulus, using the pre-processing package). It assumes a real geometry for the void structure, and all properties are related directly to this same geometry. The geometry is very simple - an array of equally spaced cubic or rectangular void-junctions (pores) connected by circular or ellipsoidal cylinders or double-cones (throats). It loads the experimental data collected using the Thermo's mercury porosimeters Pascal. The program converges onto experimental data using fitting parameters, but these are all up-front experimentally verifiable parameters such as connectivity. This does not necessarily generate accurate simulations of experimental properties, because the simulation algorithms and the simulated void geometries are very simple compared to reality. However, discrepancies can be explained, and trends for varying samples of the same type of porous solid can be examined. It generates a 3D reconstruction of the internal void structure using virtual reality. Once the 3D unit cell is generated, a number of parameters related to the material under test can be investigated. It generates an artificial reconstruction of the void space, and the effect of this artificiality on the simulated pore-level properties is different from property to property.
Cost US Dollars 1,350 to 9,000
Data formats supported None stated
Supplier in United Kingdom  University of Plymouth 

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