The PoreSim Research Consortium is a group of industry sponsors and research partners interested in multi-scale modeling of porous materials. The consortium, which is based at Louisiana State University, brings together a unique combination of applications, ideas, expertise, and tools.


Fundamental Research: to help advance basic science and computational modeling techniques for a variety of porous materials.

Technology Transfer: to apply new imaging and modeling techniques to engineering and scientific problems.

Research Resource: to provide ready access to specialized tools for pore-scale characterization and modeling.

Education: to train new research engineers in areas fundamental to porous materials.

Technology Exchange: to promote interaction between disciplines involved in porous materials research.

What is Unique?

Scope of Application: The research encompasses an unusual variety of materials and processes: materials range from from consolidated rocks to packed beds to high-porosity fibers; processes range from petroleum production to composite materials manufacturing to separations technology.

Scope of Modeling: Microscale modeling involves both streamline-scale and pore-scale techniques. New multiscale strategies are being developed for coupling these microscale methods to continuum models.

Network Modeling Technology: A core area of research is the development of network modeling techniques for both real and computer-generated materials. The result is significant progress  toward making network modeling a standard tool for applied problems.

Member Benefits

Science. The consortium provides an effective way to participate in, guide, and benefit from fundamental research on pore-scale and multiscale behavior.

Software. Members have access to the consortium software, which is being assembled into a desktop package beginning during the development phase of the consortium.

Imaging. Consortium members are provided a number of avenues for performing high-resolution 3D imaging through the consortium's imaging partners.

Targeted Research. Membership in the consortium provides streamlined and cost-effective mechanisms for targeted research projects, which can remain separate from the consortium research for proprietary reasons.

Electronic Library. Consortium members can download technical resources from the online library. Materials include reports, advance preprints, research bulletins, data files, tomography images, and more.