Multifractal features of 3D macropore geometry of structured soil columns with X-ray computer tomography

F. S.J. Martinez, F. J. Caniego, F. J. Muñoz, M. A. Martin, M. Tuller, A. Guber, Y. Pachepsky

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Disordered media often exhibit great complexity in the way that their various elements and materials are arranged. One way of studying this complexity is to consider one type of measurable data which is related to a particular aspect, and to characterize these data by means of a suitable mathematical technique. Porous media are examples of disordered media consisting of both solid and empty parts, and where the measurement that describes the pore-space volume enclosed within a domain centered at a particular point often exhibits large variations from point to point. These variations can be characterized by a multifractal spectrum as long as suitable scalings are found; in such a case, the properties of its distribution are related to the spectrum. Multifractal analysis has been successfully applied in the characterization of soil porosity with digital 2D images acquired with a variety of methods. New technologies, such as X-ray computed tomography render 3D images of the pore space geometry of intact soil samples, and therefore offer more opportunities for analysis. The objective of this paper is two-fold. Firstly we study the appropriateness of multifractal analysis for assessing the complexity of soil macropore 3D geometry, and secondly, we describe this complexity by using entropy-based multifractal parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPoromechanics IV - 4th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
EditorsHoe I. Ling, Andrew Smyth, Raimondo Betti
PublisherDEStech Publications
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781605950068
StatePublished - 2009
Event4th Biot Conference on Poromechanics - New York, United States
Duration: Jun 8 2009Jun 10 2009

Publication series

NamePoromechanics IV - 4th Biot Conference on Poromechanics


Other4th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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