Microfocus X-ray projection is presented as an accurate experimental technique for measuring moisture transport processes in porous materials. The technique has evolved from the better-known medical technique. Compared to classical ?-ray and NMR-techniques it allows an instant and accurate determination of the two-dimensional transient moisture content profiles. A calibration procedure is presented to optimise the resolution in moisture content by choosing an adequate sample thickness in relation to the energy of the X-ray source. To illustrate the capabilities of the X-ray projection method, examples of two-dimensional liquid water uptake in homogeneous, heterogeneous, micro- and macro-fractured materials are presented.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
Roels, S., & Carmeliet, J. (2006). Analysis of moisture flow in porous materials using microfocus X-ray radiography. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 49(25-26), 4762-4772. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2006.06.035