Measurement of fibre-fibre contact in three-dimensional images of fibrous materials obtained from X-ray synchrotron microtomography
2011 (English)In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, E-ISSN 1872-9576, Vol. 637, no 1, 143-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A series of wood-fibre mats was investigated using high-resolution phase-contrast microtomography at the beamline ID 19 of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. A method for data reduction to quantify the degree of fibre-fibre contact has been derived. The degree of fibre-fibre contact and bonding plays a fundamental role in the mechanical properties of cellulose-fibre mats, paper materials and cellulose-fibre composites. The proposed computerised automated method consists of two parts. First, fibre lumens are segmented using a watershed based method. This information is then used to identify fibre-fibre contacts in projections along the z-axis of the material. The method is tested on microtomographic images of mats made of wood pulp fibres, and is shown to successfully detect differences in the amount of fibre-fibre contact between samples. The degree of fibre-fibre contact correlates well with measured out-of-plane strength of the fibrous material. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 637, no 1, 143-148 p.
Image analysis, X-ray microtomography, Synchrotron radiation, Fibre-fibre contact, Relative bonded area, Composites, Paper
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152827DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2011.01.080ISI: 000289608000018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152827DiVA: diva2:414244