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Non-mercury Porosimeter


  • Fuel cells (gas diffusion layers, catalyst layers)
  • Non-wovens
  • Papers
  • Ceramics
  • Sintered metals
  • Scaffold materials for tissue engineering


  • Pore volume distribution
  • Porosity
  • Liquid permeability
  • Envelope surface area
  • Average particle size

Key features

  • Enables non-destructive tests without using mercury and/or liquid nitrogen
  • Enables the measurement of pore sizes that are important to the functioning of high-performance materials
  • Requires much lower pressure for Measuring pore volume distribution compared to mercury porosimeters.
  • Computer-controlled automatic measurement


  • Pore size: 0.5〜600μm
  • Pore volume: 0.001〜50cc
  • Liquid permeation rate: 0〜5cc/sec
  • Maximum sample size : φ38mm×T39mm


Once the pores of a sample and an appropriate membrane are filled with a test solution, the sample and the membrane are placed inside the measurement chamber. Pressurized gas is gradually supplied to eject the test solution from the pores on the primary side, and the ejected solution is precisely measured using a weight scale on the secondary side.

The pressure required for solution ejection has the below relationship with the pore size of the sample.

D=4γcosθ/P (Washburn’s equation)
P: Pressure, γ: Surface tension of the test solution,
θ: Contact angle of the test solution、D: Pore size

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