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See detailX-ray microtomography: A porosity-based thresholding method to improve soil pore network characterization?
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Roisin, Christian et al

in Geoderma (2014), 219-220

X-ray microtomography, through quantification of soil structure at the microscale, could greatly facilitate the current understanding of soil hydrodynamic behaviour. However, binarisation method and ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography, through quantification of soil structure at the microscale, could greatly facilitate the current understanding of soil hydrodynamic behaviour. However, binarisation method and processing choices are subjective and can have a strong impact on results and conclusions. In this study, we test a new method based on the porosity detectable by X-ray microtomography, while validation is achieved through comparison of soil microtomogram information with soil physical measurements. These measurements consist of water retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity using two different soil populations with only structural differences. To assess the porosity-based method performances, we compare it to four other methods, namely the global method of Otsu and three recent soil-dedicated local methods. The robustness of the porosity-based method is also tested in regard to different pre-processing procedures. In this paper we demonstrate that soil segmentation through a porosity-based method is an interesting issue. Indeed, it is less demanding in terms of time and computational requirements than its alternatives, and combines robustness and performances broadly comparable with the recent local methods. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of dry and wet sawdust porous beds
Parmentier, Nicolas; Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Powder Technology (2014), 264

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See detailCharacterisation of macadamia nuts using X-ray microtomography
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Srichamnong, Warangkana; Srzednicki, George et al

in Micro-CT User Meeting Abstract Book (2012, April 05)

Macadamia nuts are among the most nutritious and highest in monounsaturated oil content among edible nuts1. They are widely grown in Australia (46 % of total production), United States of America ... [more ▼]

Macadamia nuts are among the most nutritious and highest in monounsaturated oil content among edible nuts1. They are widely grown in Australia (46 % of total production), United States of America, especially in Hawaii, South Africa and Guatemala2. In practice, there are several steps involved in macadamia processing, including sorting and grading, drying, cracking, roasting, packaging and storage. Drying is a very crucial step as it needs to preserve macadamia quality as well as enhance storage stability through the reduction of water activity. It is obvious that physical properties of the nut contribute to its drying characteristics, and hence its storage stability. Accurate measures such as kernel volume ratio or shell density could help for improving drying efficiency. We present a methodology to investigate structural differences between varieties of macadamia nuts in order to understand the factors involved in storage stability. Fresh nuts-in-shell are scanned by X-ray microtomography, and the different parts of the nuts (shell, kernel, tracheids) are segmented by a set of classical 3D image operators. After image segmentation, volumes are determined, and additional weighing of the nuts allows density measurements. These quantities are plotted for several nuts from each variety. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructure characterisation of nanocomposite polymeric foams by X-ray microtomography
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Tran, Minh Phuong ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 26)

Recent advances in microstructured materials have given rise to many new types of composites that exhibit original and interesting physical properties. For example, a nanocomposite made of carbon ... [more ▼]

Recent advances in microstructured materials have given rise to many new types of composites that exhibit original and interesting physical properties. For example, a nanocomposite made of carbon nanotubes inside a polymer matrix shows exceptional electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness when foamed. However, the effective properties of such materials strongly depend on the shape and topology of the microstructural cells. An accurate method for investigating the cellular microstructure is X-ray microtomography (XRμT), for it is non-destructive, and it provides 3D geometric information. Although it cannot be used to observe nanofiller dispersion, it has a strong potential for cell structure characterisation. In order to reduce the need for trial and error in tailoring these materials, our objective is to quantify, using XRμT, cellular microstructure, for two different types of foaming procedures, namely supercritical CO2 batch foaming and freeze drying, to be able to establish a link between the structure and its shielding effectiveness. The main difficulty stems from the type of material being studied: it is light, therefore hardly absorbs X-rays, cell size is small compared to the resolution capacity of the tomograph, and cell wall thickness is extremely thin in some cases, making them very hard to discern in the images. For these reasons, common image analysis tools for identifying and delimiting objects in an image prove impractical. We propose an original method that uses the 3D autocorrelation function of the tomograms to determine statistical information from these images, such as average cell size and anisotropy, without the need to binarise and segment the images. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of X-ray microtomography to study the homogeneity of carbon nanotube aqueous suspensions and carbon nanotube/polymer composites
Haghgoo, M.; Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Yousefi, Ali Akbar et al

in Carbon (2012), 50(4), 1703-1706

X-ray microtomography was used to study the stability and homogeneity of concentrated carbon nanotube (CNT) aqueous suspensions and CNT/resorcinol–formaldehyde gel composites. Various CNT distribution ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography was used to study the stability and homogeneity of concentrated carbon nanotube (CNT) aqueous suspensions and CNT/resorcinol–formaldehyde gel composites. Various CNT distribution states were achieved by modifying the CNT concentration, sonication time and resting time. X-ray microtomography is able to discriminate between zones with different CNT concentration levels and can be used as a non-destructive and fast tool to characterize the homogeneity of suspensions and composite systems at the micron scale. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro and macroscopic investigation to quantify tillage impact on soil hydrodynamic behaviour
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Roisin, Chrsitian; Plougonven, Erwan ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14

Nowadays, tillage simplification is an increasing practice. Many advantages are cited in the literature, such as energy saving, soil conservation etc. Agricultural management practices influence soil ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, tillage simplification is an increasing practice. Many advantages are cited in the literature, such as energy saving, soil conservation etc. Agricultural management practices influence soil structure, but consequent changes in soil hydrodynamic behaviour at the field scale are still not well understood. Many studies focus only on macroscopic measurements which do not provide mechanistic explanations. Moreover, research shows divergent conclusions over structure modification. The aim of this work is to fill this gap by quantifying soil structure modification depending on tillage intensity through both macroscopic and microscopic measurements, the latter improving our comprehension of the fundamental mechanisms involved. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation à la microtomographie
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg; Plougonven, Erwan ULg

Learning material (2011)

This course is a two-day presentation of the basic workings of X-ray tomography, current local applications of microtomography in the applied chemistry department, typical image analysis tools for ... [more ▼]

This course is a two-day presentation of the basic workings of X-ray tomography, current local applications of microtomography in the applied chemistry department, typical image analysis tools for extracting measurements, and a practical look at a particular piece of equipment, the Skyscan 1172 desktop microtomograph, and its software. The target audience is users of such equipment, with little to no background in X-ray physics, computer science or image analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation microstructurale de mousses polymères nanocomposites par microtomographie à rayons X
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Tran, Minh Phuong ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2011, November 29)

Les circuits électriques, fonctionnant à des fréquences de plus en plus élevées, sont responsables de l’augmentation de la pollution électromagnétique, et justifient le développement de blindages ... [more ▼]

Les circuits électriques, fonctionnant à des fréquences de plus en plus élevées, sont responsables de l’augmentation de la pollution électromagnétique, et justifient le développement de blindages efficaces. De nombreuses applications sont concernées, que ce soit dans les systèmes électroniques commerciaux, industriels, ou militaires, ou les systèmes antennaires. Récemment, des blindages sous forme de composites polymère/charges carbonées ont été largement développés pour leur nombreux avantages : plus légers, moins chers, plus absorbants, et plus facilement moulables. Une charge carbonée prometteuse est le nanotube de carbone car de par son facteur de forme, une concentration moindre est nécessaire pour une conductivité équivalente [1]. Afin d’améliorer l’absorption de l’énergie électromagnétique de ces composites (par rapport à leur réflectivité), ils sont moussés pour réduire leur constante diélectrique. Cette étape de moussage doit être rigoureusement contrôlée pour atteindre le niveau d’absorption ciblé. Deux techniques de moussage sont envisagées dans cette étude, à savoir le moussage en CO2 supercritique (par imprégnation de CO2 en condition supercritique, avant une dépressurisation rapide) et le freeze-drying (dissolution dans un solvant, suivi d’une lyophilisation de celui-ci). Ces deux méthodes génèrent des structures de porosité bien distinctes, avec une anisotropie apparente marquée dans le second cas. L’objectif est de caractériser ces structures par tailles moyennes de pores et mesures d’anisotropie, et leur lien avec l’efficacité de blindage. Dans cette optique, la caractérisation est effectuée par microtomographie à rayons X, une technique d’imagerie 3D non-destructive. Des acquisitions sont faites sur chaque échantillon, et la microstructure est analysée par traitement d’images. Vu la très faible atténuation des rayons X dans ce type de matériaux, et la limite de résolution de cette technique par rapport à la taille des pores et à l’épaisseur des parois, la séparation précise des pores par rapport à la matrice polymère s’avère difficile. Une segmentation classique n’étant pas applicable en préalable à des mesures quantitatives, la fonction d’autocorrélation est utilisée. Cette technique, habituellement utilisée en traitement du signal, est une méthode performante de mesure globale de l’anisotropie d’un matériau [2]. Elle permet également d’extraire une longueur caractéristique qui peut être liée à la taille des cellules. Les résultats mettent en évidence l’impact de la technique et des conditions de moussage sur la microstructure des mousses composites. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructure characterisation of nanocomposite polymeric foams by X-ray microtomography
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2011, September 21)

Recent advances in microstructured materials have given rise to many new types of composites that exhibit original and interesting physical properties. For example, a nanocomposite made of carbon ... [more ▼]

Recent advances in microstructured materials have given rise to many new types of composites that exhibit original and interesting physical properties. For example, a nanocomposite made of carbon nanotubes inside a polymer matrix shows exceptional electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness when foamed. However, the effective properties of such materials strongly depend on the shape and topology of the microstructural cells. An accurate method for investigating the cellular microstructure is X-ray microtomography (XRµT), for it is non-destructive, and it provides 3D geometric information. Although it cannot be used to observe nanofiller dispersion, it has a strong potential for cell structure characterization. In order to reduce the need for trial and error for tailoring these materials, our objective is to characterize, using XRµT, two different types of foaming procedures, namely supercritical CO2 batch foaming and freeze drying. As the resolution is limited compared to cell size, we have developed a novel statistical method based on 3D autocorrelation to determine characteristic length and examine anisotropy. We present results for these two types of foams and show the limitations of this method. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodology for the characterization of the microstructure of nanocomposite polymeric foams using X-ray microtomography
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Micro-CT User Meeting Abstract Book (2011, April 13)

Polymeric foams used in electromagnetic shielding applications are characterized using X-ray microtomography. These foams contain a conductive nanometric reinforcement, carbon nanotubes, but the scale of ... [more ▼]

Polymeric foams used in electromagnetic shielding applications are characterized using X-ray microtomography. These foams contain a conductive nanometric reinforcement, carbon nanotubes, but the scale of characterization described here is that of the microscopic cells. Although nanotube dispersion is important for the final properties of the material, the structure and distribution of the porosity also play a role in terms of dielectric constant and conductivity. Unfortunately, cell wall thinness and limited resolution of laboratory microtomographs makes poper cell identification difficult. Therefore we present a new statistical method based on the 3D autocorrelation function, that allows to some extent to measure mean cell size and structure anisotropy. [less ▲]

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