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Determination of permeability using a classic Darcy water column.

Wadsworth, Fabian B. and Vossen, Caron E. J. and Schmid, Diana and Colombier, Mathieu and Heap, Michael J. and Scheu, Bettina and Dingwell, Donald B. (2020) 'Determination of permeability using a classic Darcy water column.', American journal of physics., 88 (1). pp. 20-24.


Permeability is a macroscopic property of materials with a percolating pore phase, such as many rocks and filters. We describe a simple experiment for the empirical determination of permeability using a low-cost method similar to that used by Darcy. We advocate the use of controlled cylindrical sintered filters, for which there is theoretical constraint of the permeability as a function of porosity, against which empirical results can be compared. The methodology presented here provides a step-by-step approach to laboratory experiments and numerical techniques for fitting a linear equation to data and is appropriate for undergraduate Physics, Earth Science, or Engineering courses. I. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

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Publisher statement:© 2019 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Wadsworth, Fabian B., Vossen, Caron E. J., Schmid, Diana, Colombier, Mathieu, Heap, Michael J., Scheu, Bettina & Dingwell, Donald B. (2020). Determination of permeability using a classic Darcy water column. American Journal of Physics 88(1): 20-24 and may be found at
Date accepted:12 November 2019
Date deposited:03 January 2020
Date of first online publication:23 December 2019
Date first made open access:03 January 2020

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