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Liquid-Liquid Porometry for Characterising Ultrafiltration Membrane Pores

Liquid-Liquid Porometry (LLP) is a valuable technique for measuring the pore structure characteristics of ultrafiltration membranes without damaging the membranes themselves. These membranes can act as barriers to a whole range of particles, both organic and inorganic, including bacteria, pollens, spores, pathogens and pesticides and even high molecular weight solutes, colloidal suspensions, and viruses.

Pore characteristics such as pore distribution, liquid permeability, pore throat diameter, bubble point pore diameter and mean flowpore diameter all offer valuable insights into pore function. However, capillary flowporometry a technique that can provide the required information about such characteristics uses high test pressures not suited for measuring ultrafiltration membranes. Liquid-Liquid Porometry (LLP) by comparison can measure the required pore structure characteristics without distorting the pore structure or damaging the membranes. In addition LLP is faster, uses less energy and lower pore sizes can be characterised.poro fror blog

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Mercury Porosimetry For Porous Structures – PASCALL Porosimeter

The mercury porosimetry technique is one of the most useful methods to investigate the porous structure of solid samples in a quantitative way. It provides reliable information about pore size/volume distribution, particle size distribution, bulk (envelope) density and specific surface for most porous solids.Porosimeter

Pressurization by Automatic Speed-up and Continuous Adjustment Logic, or, in short Pascal, is a special operating principle developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific and used in the new generation of automatic mercury porosimeters the Pascal Range, which reduces run times by up to 30%. Providing fast automated measurements with selectable intrusion/extrusion speed rates to minimise hysteresis effects, the PASCAL range provides maximum resolution in minimum time.  Continue reading Mercury Porosimetry For Porous Structures – PASCALL Porosimeter

Automated Filter Cartridge Tester

Automated Filter Cartridge Tester - PMI

Filter cartridges are used in many industries, and in all cases there is a need to be aware of – and measure – their porous characteristics, properties and capabilities for R&D and quality control reasons. Pore size and material characterisation specialist PMI has an Automated Filter Cartridge Tester which assesses these products quickly, accurately and non-destructively. Continue reading Automated Filter Cartridge Tester

Cartridge Bubble Point Tester

PMI cartridge bubble point tester

Straying just a little from the subject of pore size, but onto a topic that is relevant to many users of porometers and other pore characterisation instruments, my attention has been caught by a new product from PMI. It’s a cartridge bubble point tester… Continue reading Cartridge Bubble Point Tester

Compression Liquid Extrusion Porosimeter

PMI Compression Liquid Extrusion Porosimeter

A very versatile instrument that I’ve been looking at recently is the Compression Liquid Extrusion Porosimeter from PMI. This clever piece of equipment will measure pore volume like a mercury intrusion porosimeter, although without the use of mercury or any other toxic substance, and will also measure liquid permeability like a permeameter. What’s more, it can do so while holding the sample under compressive stress. Continue reading Compression Liquid Extrusion Porosimeter

Cake Forming Porometer


If I say that today I’m going to talk about cake, you might think I’m deviating from the normal subject matter of the Pore Size website. However, cake actually has a vital role to play in the world of filtration, which in turn involves porometry. Not the kind of highly calorific cake that’s so often my downfall but the cake that forms on a filter’s surfaces. Continue reading Cake Forming Porometer

Porometry Made Simple

PMI porometer

Among the many pore characterisation products currently described on the PMI website is a ‘Simple Porometer’. It reminds me that now might be a good time to go back to basic principles and tell new visitors to Pore Size about what a porometer is and why it is so useful. Continue reading Porometry Made Simple

Liquid-Liquid Porometer

Liquid-liquid porometer - PMI

It’s always good news to me when I see a new porometer on the PMI website! This time it’s a liquid-liquid porometer specially designed for characterising pore size and structure in such materials as membranes, filter media, ceramics, paper and textiles. Continue reading Liquid-Liquid Porometer

Capillary Condensation Flow Porometer

Capillary Condensation Flow Porometer - from PMI

The Capillary Condensation Flow Porometer from PMI is a unique instrument which allows pore size, gas permeability and flow rate to be measured without subjecting samples to the potentially harmful effects of high pressures, extreme temperatures or toxic substances. Continue reading Capillary Condensation Flow Porometer

Fuel Cell Porometer

Fuel cell

Designed for use by manufacturers of fuel cell components, Meritics considers the Fuel Cell Porometer from PMI to be an exceptionally versatile instrument. Its fully automated analysis includes measurement of pore ‘throat’ diameters, the size distribution of the pores, the mean diameter of the flow pores and the surface area – or envelope surface area – of the through pores. It can also be used to determine the material’s liquid and gas permeability. Continue reading Fuel Cell Porometer