Viewing characteristics of your sample

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Viewing characteristics of your sample

On the Operations List screen you will see two new operations: Unit Cell Building and Size Distribution.  Double click on Unit Cell Building.


Because the sample has such a high porosity, the best way to view it is with the 3D properties view. Single click on the icon.


The image of the high porosity sample looks almost solid.  That is because it is an inverse image - voids are shown solid, and solid is shown transparent.  This allows inspection right through a sample.  You will also notice that a large number of the cubic pores are stippled / shaded.  This indicates that rather than being a single pore, they are a cluster of smaller pores, all larger than the throat entering the cluster in the percolation direction.


To look at the throats on their own, in the Targeted Selection dropdown menu, deselect Pores by clicking the box next to them so that the tick disappears, whereupon only throats are selected. Click Apply and wait for the structure to be redrawn.  You will now see the throats coloured and the pores greyed out. To move the structure, use your right-hand mouse button to drag it. Use your mouse wheel to move through it. Double click on the structure to view it in Full Screen mode. Then Go home to the Operations List screen.


Double click on the Size Distribution operation.  You will see a graph of the sizes of all the different types of voids - for an explanation of those, read our publication. Various options for the graph display are given in the two drop-down menus. You can also zoom in to a section of the graph by drawing an outline on it by dragging the mouse. To exit the zone, left-click anywhere in the graph.


You now have a structure and its characteristics, from whence you can proceed to other properties and the behaviour of pores fluids within, as described in the respective introductory tutorials.