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Title: Combining X-ray CT and 3D printing technology to produce microcosms with replicable, complex pore geometries
Authors: Otten, Wilfred
Pajor, R.
Schmidt, Sonja
Baveye, Philippe C.
Hague, R.
Falconer, Ruth E.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre
Keywords: Soil structure
X-ray CT
Additive manufacturing process
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)Elsevier, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.04.008
Citation: Otten, W., et al. 2012. Combining X-ray CT and 3D printing technology to produce microcosms with replicable, complex pore geometries. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 51: pp.53-55. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.04.008
Abstract: Measurements in soils have been traditionally used to demonstrate that soil architecture is one of the key drivers of soil processes. Major advances in the use of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) afford significant insight into the pore geometry of soils, but until recently no experimental techniques were available to reproduce this complexity in microcosms. This article describes a 3D additive manufacturing technology that can print physical structures with pore geometries reflecting those of soils. The process enables printing of replicated structures, and the printing materials are suitable to study fungal growth. This technology is argued to open up a wealth of opportunities for soil biological studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1280
ISSN: 0038-0717
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