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This project aims to build a multi-scale computational fluid dynamics model of moisture movement in wood. The fluid model is designed to simulate flow and diffusion through a real wood microstructure imaged by X-ray computed tomography (CT). Validation and further material characterisation are provided by a portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system – the Treehugger – designed, built and commissioned at the University of Surrey for in-situ measurements of living trees.
Multi-resolution X-ray CT micrographs of three wood species, obtained at the University of Ghent’s Woodlab.
These micrographs allow the fluid model to simulate flow through a real piece of wood at a number of different length-scales.
Multi-scale, multi-phase lattice Boltzmann model of water movement within a procedural, semi-permeable tracheid geometry derived from the X-
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