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Pore distribution of compacted Ca-montmorillonite using NMR relaxometry and cryoporometry; Comparison with Na-montmorillonite

Okubo, Takahiro*; Yamazaki, Akio*; Fukatsu, Yuta; Tachi, Yukio

Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 313, p.110841_1 - 110841_11, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:69.4(Chemistry, Applied)

Pore distributions in water-saturated Ca-montmorillonite were investigated using $$^{1}$$H NMR measurements under various dry densities (0.8 - 1.6 g/cm$$^{3}$$) and porewater salinity conditions (deionized water, 0.1 and 1 M CaCl$$_{2}$$), at the temperature range of 233 - 303 K. The volume fractions of the interlayer pore including two and three hydrated layers and the non-interlayer pore in compacted Ca-montmorillonite were quantified by NMR relaxometry including $$T1$$ and $$T1/T2$$ distribution analysis, and were compared with NMR cryoporometry and X-ray diffractometry. These analysis provided consistent pictures on the pore distributions in compacted Ca-montmorillonite, in contrast to Na-montmorillonite. The main factor affecting the pore distribution in compacted Ca- and Na-montmorillonite is the density, whereas the effect of porewater salinity is relatively smaller. The effect of interlayer cations is also relatively smaller at higher density, although the differences in the pore structures are significant at low density.

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Pore distribution of water-saturated compacted clay using NMR relaxometry and freezing temperature depression; Effects of density and salt concentration

Okubo, Takahiro*; Ibaraki, Moe*; Tachi, Yukio; Iwadate, Yasuhiko*

Applied Clay Science, 123, p.148 - 155, 2016/04

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:73.19(Chemistry, Physical)

The pore distribution of water-saturated compacted clay (Na-montmorillonite at 0.8 and 1.4 g/cm$$^{3}$$ saturated by three salt concentrations) was evaluated using $$^{1}$$H NMR relaxometry and freezing point depression. The populations of interlayer water with four hydrated state and non-interlayer water were calculated from the assumed thresholds. The sample with lower density exhibits higher population of non-interlayer water up to 55%. Low-temperature $$^{1}$$H NMR experiments in view of freezing point depression indicated that mesopore water in approximately 4 nm space observed in the calorimetric study was considered as non-interlayer water and the threshold temperature. The result showed that population of non-interlayer water by expected from freezing point depression agreed with $$^{1}$$H NMR relaxometry within 10%. Correlation experiments between longitudinal ($$T_{1}$$) and transverse relation times ($$T_{2}$$) at -10$$^{circ}$$C suggested that high-mobility bulk-like water molecules existed at a clay density of 1.4 g/cm$$^{3}$$.

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