Pretty Porous

Analogous experiments

1: Porous structure made of silicone
Credits: University of Stuttgart / SFB 1313
2: Analogous experiment
Credits: Utrecht University

This is a model of a porous structure made of silicone (1). Researchers can conduct different lab experiments with this model.

A liquid can be made to flow through this model. Analogous experiments (2) are often very expensive. Laboratory experiments generate data, which in turn can be used for virtual experiments (models and simulations). Simulations can be repeated as often as required without incurring enormous costs.