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percolate through (something)

To pass through something that is not entirely solid, such as a mesh or porous material. The wind ripped the shingles off the roof, allowing the rain to percolate through it.
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percolate through something

[for a liquid] to seep down through something. The water percolated through the coffee grounds too slowly for Fred, who was just dying for a hot cup of the stuff. The water percolated through the subsoil and appeared again at the bottom of the hill.
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Selkirt (1986, p.21), formalizes the Percolation principle thus: "If a constituent [alpha] is the head of a constituent [beta], [alpha] and [beta] are associated with an identical set of features (syntactic and diacritic)"
where [PI], [Z.sub.0], [R.sub.s], and n are the percolative figure of merit (FoM), the impedance of free space (377 [OMEGA]), sheet resistance, and the percolation exponent, respectively.
The percolation behavior as a function of conductive filler content was compared for the ternary polymer blends and single-phase polymer systems.
In [12] it was noted that heating leads to the gradual destruction percolation cluster and at a temperature above t = 50[degrees]C in the low range of the function g(v) ceases to obey a power law.
The planar site percolation model (see Figure 1) is represented by a two-dimensional lattice network (grid) of unit squares (cells) whose centers are in the integer lattice with L = X x Y cells, X, Y [greater than or equal to] 4.
Frequency dependent conductivity relationship is often analyzed in terms of resistance-capacitance percolation model [25, 26].
According to percolation theory [8-9], if we assume p as the average degree of connectivity between various sub-units of some arbitrary system, there exists a percolation threshold [p.sub.t].
With knowledge of the crop type, planting and harvest dates, soil type, typical applied water depths and local reference ET and rainfall, a daily root zone water balance can be developed to compute daily irrigation requirements as well as deep percolation (root zone drainage) depths.
This nanopowder as such is used for further percolation characteristic studies.
where [phi] is the volume fraction of filler, [p.sub.c] is the percolation threshold of filler, [[rho].sub.f] is the resistivity of the filler, [r.sub.l] is the resistivity of the polymer or matrix, and p is the critical exponent which represents the volume fraction of the phases.
In our model, the parameter [beta] > 0 describes the long-range nature, while we think of [alpha] [greater than or equal to] 0 as a percolation parameter.
Since the percolation test is the tool most widely used to measure water flow capabilities of a field soil, several attempts have been made to find empirical relationships between the saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) and the percolation time (PT) with a hope of replacing the percolation test with a hydraulic conductivity test (Fritton, Ratvasky, & Petersen, 1986; Mulqueen & Rodgers, 2001; Winneberger, 1974).
The percolation threshold [[rho].sub.c] of Boolean models of cylinders with their axis parallel to a given direction is studied by means of simulations.
IB-PET-XB showed high durability and industry's highest barrier property with a water vapor percolation rate of 1/5 and a carbon percolation rate of 1/3 over conventional film.