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Three‐dimensional analysis of a loamy‐clay soil using pore and solid chord distributions
- COUSIN, I., LEVITZ, P., BRUAND, A.
- European journal of soil science 1996 v.47 no.4 pp. 439-452
- cutting, image analysis, porous media, resins, soil analysis, soil pore system
- Examples of pore and solid chord distributions obtained for ideal porous media are presented, and the distributions of the porous and solid phases of a soil have been studied by pore and solid chord distributions. Serial sections, 100 μm apart, were cut in a soil core, impregnated with resin, and images were obtained of them. The 2D images from 160 sections were used to build a 3D reconstruction of the core. The initial 2D images, the 3D reconstructed medium and 2D computed images from the latter were studied. We found that the solid matrix of the particular soil is homogeneous and isotropic at the scale studied, and it could be characterized with a single 2D image. For pores ranging from 500 μm to 2 mm we also found similar pore chord distributions for the 2D images in the three orthogonal directions and the 3D medium. A single 2D image can be used to study these pores. For larger pores more than one 2D image is required, and we showed that eight 2D images are sufficient to describe these pores.