Multiscale characterization and modeling of crystallization processes in natural building stones

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
  • Engineering and technology
    • Construction engineering
    • Earthquake engineering
    • Geotechnical and environmental engineering
    • Water engineering
    • Wind engineering
    • Multimedia processing
    • Ceramic and glass materials
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Other materials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Signal processing
porous media crystallization pore-scale modeling natural stone
Project description

This project focuses on the kinetics of in-pore salt and ice crystallization in natural building stones using a combined experimental-modeling approach. In-pore crystallization is studied by time-lapse imaging using X-ray micro-tomography and cryo-scanning electron microscopy to cover the complete pore size range. A pore-scale model is developed describing the physics of crystallization at the pore-scale level.