Measuring the porosity and compressibility of liquid-suspended porous particles using ultrasound

Condensed Matter journal club

Measuring the porosity and compressibility of liquid-suspended porous particles using ultrasound

  • Event time: 11:30am until 12:30pm
  • Event date: 16th June 2017
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: 2511

Event details

A key parameter describing the behavior of suspensions is the volume fraction ø of the solid particles that are dispersed in the liquid. Obtaining accurate values for ø becomes difficult for porous particles, because they can absorb some of the liquid. A prime example are the widely used cornstarch suspensions, for which ø usually is only estimated from the mass fraction of particles. Here we present a method to measure the effective porosity and compressibility of porous particles with ultrasound. We obtain the speed of sound in dilute cornstarch suspensions at multiple particle concentrations and with different solvent compressibilities. With the measured particle porosity of 0.31 we are able to calculate the volume fraction of the saturated particles reliably.