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  1. Chemical and Mineralogical Features of Smectite from the Morron de Mateo Bentonite Deposit (Cabo de Gata, Almeria) in Relation to the Parent Rocks and the Alteration Processes Occurred After the Bentonite Formation: Analogies and Implications for the Engineered Clayey Barrier of a Deep Geological Rad waste Repository

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    The Morron de Mateo bentonite deposit is being studied as a natural analogue of the thermal and geochemical effects on the clayey barrier of a Deep Geological Rad waste Repository (DGRR) after its closure, in relation to the radioactive decay of the fission products and the container corrosion. This bentonite deposit and their host rocks were intruded by a rhyodacitic volcanic dome that induced a hydrothermal metasomatic process affecting the bioclastic calcarenite beds close to the dome. Bentonite from the NE sector of the deposit have been chemically and mineralogically characterized. Pyroclastic rocks (white tuffs), epyclastic rocks (mass flow) and andesitic breccia all of them hydrothermally altered, have been studied at the site. Samples are composed of feldspars, quartz and amphybols, as inherited minerals, and phyllosilicates, zeolites, crystoballite and calcite, as new formed minerals. White tuffs have the highest phyllosilicate contents, mainly dioctahedral smectite of montmorillonite type. Epyclastic rocks and andesitic breccia have a highest proportion of inherited minerals, the new formed phillosilicates being di octahedral smectite of beidellite type and an ordered interlayer chlorite/smectite mineral, of corrensite type. Smectite from the epyclastic rocks have higher Fe and Mg contents and chemical variability, as a consequence of nature of their parent rocks. The presence of corrensite in the epyclastic rocks suggests that in the Morron de Mateo area a propilitic alteration process occurred after bentonite formation, which transformed Fe-Mg-rich smectite into corrensite. This transformation was probably favoured by the sub volcanic intrusion, which also produced a temperature increase in the geological media and a supply of Fe-Mg-rich solutions, which also were the responsible for the metasomatic transformations observed in the calcarenite beds. (Author) 57 refs

  2. Microbial communities in bentonite formations and their interactions with uranium

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    Highlights: • Microbial diversity of Spanish bentonites was studied. • High number of aerobe and facultative anaerobe microbes were isolated from bentonites. • Natural bentonite microbes are able to tolerate high U concentrations. • U is immobilized by the cells of the strain Rhodotorula mucilaginosa BII-R8 as U(VI) phosphates. - Abstract: A reliable performance assessment of deep geological disposal of nuclear waste depends on better knowledge of radionuclide interactions with natural microbes of geological formations (granitic rock, clay, salts) used to host these disposal systems. In Spain, clay deposits from Cabo de Gata region, Almeria, are investigated for this purpose. The present work characterizes the culture-dependent microbial diversity of two bentonite samples (BI and BII) recovered from Spanish clay deposits. The evaluation of aerobe and facultative anaerobe microbial populations shows the presence of a high number of cultivable bacteria (e.g. Stenotrophomonas, Micrococcus, Arthrobacter, Kocuria, Sphingomonas, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, etc.) affiliated to three phyla Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, and Firmicutes. In addition, a pigmented yeast strain BII-R8 related to Rhodotorula mucilaginosa was also recovered from these formations. The minimal inhibitory concentrations of uranium for the growth of these natural isolates were found to range from 4 to 10.0 mM. For instance, strain R. mucilaginosa BII-R8 was shown to tolerate up to 8 mM of U. Flow cytometry studies indicated that the high U tolerance of this yeast isolate is a biologically mediated process. Microscopically dense intracellular and cell wall-bound precipitates were observed by Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy-High-Angle Annular Dark-Field (STEM-HAADF). Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) element-distribution maps showed the presence of U and P within these accumulates, indicating the ability of cells to precipitate U as U(VI) phosphate minerals. Fundamental understanding of the

  3. Preparation and characterization of bentonite clay for formation of nanocomposites

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    This study we used the linear medium density polyethylene (PELMD) as polymer matrix and introduced, as reinforcement to increase the mechanical and thermal properties, the green bentonite deposit of Boa Vista/PB, rich montmorillonite (MMT), previously characterized by XRD, that passed by three stages of purification. The first stage was to clean by washing and filtering for removal of coarse material (sand and organic matter), followed by an acid attack. In the second, we used the quaternary ammonium surfactant, in order to increase the distance between the layers of MMT, and the third was removed from the wastewater, using absolute ethanol, finishing the purification of process. Then, the clay was introduced into the polymer matrix by polymerization in solution by intercalation and characterized by XRD. The results showed a partial exfoliation, satisfying the increasing properties. (author)

  4. Methane Hydrate Formation and Dissociation in the Presence of Silica Sand and Bentonite Clay

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    Kumar Saw V.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The formation and dissociation of methane hydrates in a porous media containing silica sand of different sizes and bentonite clay were studied in the presence of synthetic seawater with 3.55 wt% salinity. The phase equilibrium of methane hydrate under different experimental conditions was investigated. The effects of the particle size of silica sand as well as a mixture of bentonite clay and silica sand on methane hydrate formation and its dissociation were studied. The kinetics of hydrate formation was studied under different subcooling conditions to observe its effects on the induction time of hydrate formation. The amount of methane gas encapsulated in hydrate was computed using a real gas equation. The Clausius-Clapeyron equation is used to estimate the enthalpy of hydrate dissociation with measured phase equilibrium data.

  5. Mineral formation on metallic copper in a `Future repository site environment`: Textural considerations based on natural analogs

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    Amcoff, Oe. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Inst. of Earth Sciences

    1998-01-01

    Copper mineral formation in the Swedish `repository site environment` is discussed. Special attention is given to ore mineral textures (=the spatial relation among minerals), with examples given from nature. It is concluded: By analogy with observations from natural occurrences, an initial coating of Cu-oxide on the canister surface (because of entrapped air during construction) will probably not hinder a later sulphidation process. Early formation of Cu-sulphides on the canister surface may be accompanied by formation of CuFe-sulphides. The latter phase(s) may form through replacement of the Cu-sulphides or, alternatively, by means of reaction between dissolved copper and fine-grained iron sulphide (pyrite) in the surrounding bentonite. Should for some reason the bentonite barrier fail and the conditions become strongly oxidizing, we can expect crustifications and rhythmic growths of Cu(II)-phases, like malachite (Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3}). A presence of Fe{sup 2} in the clay minerals making up the bentonite might prove to have an adverse effect on the canister stability, since, in this case, the bentonite might be expected to act as a sink for dissolved copper. The mode of mineral growth along the copper - bentonite interface remains an open question.

  6. Mineral formation on metallic copper in a 'Future repository site environment': Textural considerations based on natural analogs

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    Copper mineral formation in the Swedish 'repository site environment' is discussed. Special attention is given to ore mineral textures (=the spatial relation among minerals), with examples given from nature. It is concluded: By analogy with observations from natural occurrences, an initial coating of Cu-oxide on the canister surface (because of entrapped air during construction) will probably not hinder a later sulphidation process. Early formation of Cu-sulphides on the canister surface may be accompanied by formation of CuFe-sulphides. The latter phase(s) may form through replacement of the Cu-sulphides or, alternatively, by means of reaction between dissolved copper and fine-grained iron sulphide (pyrite) in the surrounding bentonite. Should for some reason the bentonite barrier fail and the conditions become strongly oxidizing, we can expect crustifications and rhythmic growths of Cu(II)-phases, like malachite (Cu2(OH)2CO3). A presence of Fe2 in the clay minerals making up the bentonite might prove to have an adverse effect on the canister stability, since, in this case, the bentonite might be expected to act as a sink for dissolved copper. The mode of mineral growth along the copper - bentonite interface remains an open question

  7. Chemical and Mineralogical Features of Smectite from the Morron de Mateo Bentonite Deposit (Cabo de Gata, Almeria) in Relation to the Parent Rocks and the Alteration Processes Occurred After the Bentonite Formation: Analogies and Implications for the Engineered Clayey Barrier of a Deep Geological Rad waste Repository; Naturaleza de las Esmectitas del Yacimiento de Morron de Mateo (Cabo de Gata, Almeria) en Relacion con la Roca Madre y con los Procesos Posteriores a la Bentonitizacion: Implicaciones Analogicas para la Barrera de Ingenieria de un Almacenamiento Geologico de Residuos Radiactivos

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    Pelayo, M.; Labajo, M. A.; Garcia Romero, L.; Perez del Villar, L.

    2009-10-12

    The Morron de Mateo bentonite deposit is being studied as a natural analogue of the thermal and geochemical effects on the clayey barrier of a Deep Geological Rad waste Repository (DGRR) after its closure, in relation to the radioactive decay of the fission products and the container corrosion. This bentonite deposit and their host rocks were intruded by a rhyodacitic volcanic dome that induced a hydrothermal metasomatic process affecting the bioclastic calcarenite beds close to the dome. Bentonite from the NE sector of the deposit have been chemically and mineralogically characterized. Pyroclastic rocks (white tuffs), epyclastic rocks (mass flow) and andesitic breccia all of them hydrothermally altered, have been studied at the site. Samples are composed of feldspars, quartz and amphybols, as inherited minerals, and phyllosilicates, zeolites, crystoballite and calcite, as new formed minerals. White tuffs have the highest phyllosilicate contents, mainly dioctahedral smectite of montmorillonite type. Epyclastic rocks and andesitic breccia have a highest proportion of inherited minerals, the new formed phillosilicates being di octahedral smectite of beidellite type and an ordered interlayer chlorite/smectite mineral, of corrensite type. Smectite from the epyclastic rocks have higher Fe and Mg contents and chemical variability, as a consequence of nature of their parent rocks. The presence of corrensite in the epyclastic rocks suggests that in the Morron de Mateo area a propilitic alteration process occurred after bentonite formation, which transformed Fe-Mg-rich smectite into corrensite. This transformation was probably favoured by the sub volcanic intrusion, which also produced a temperature increase in the geological media and a supply of Fe-Mg-rich solutions, which also were the responsible for the metasomatic transformations observed in the calcarenite beds. (Author) 57 refs.

  8. On the formation of a moving redox-front by α-radiolysis of compacted water saturated bentonite

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    The formation of an expanding volume containing the radiolytically formed oxidants H2O2 and O2 has been studied in α-irradiated compacted water saturated bentonite (ρ = 2.12 gxcm-3). The G-values (0.67±0.05), (0.64±0.07) for H2O2 and O2 respectively are in fair agreement with the corresponding G-values obtained in experiments with synthetic ground water. From the leaching of γ-irradiated bentonite it is concluded that only a fraction of the Fe2+ content is easily accessible as scavenger for the radiolytically formed oxidants. (orig.)

  9. BENTONITE PROCESSING

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    Anamarija Kutlić

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite has vide variety of uses. Special use of bentonite, where its absorbing properties are employed to provide water-tight sealing is for an underground repository in granites In this paper, bentonite processing and beneficiation are described.

  10. Copper/bentonite interaction

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    The prediction of the processes and rate of corrosion of the KBS 2 copper canisters must be based on a proper scenario, which involves the physical state of the bentonite surrounding the canisters, and the chemical interaction between copper and bentonite. Literature data suggest slow Cu migration and Cu exchanging originally adsorbed cations. Two tests involving copper/bentonite contacts for 3 - 6 months in boreholes have yielded certain valuable information. Thus, Cu ion migration is indeed very slow and where it yields a sufficiently high concentration, it is associated with replacement of originally adsorbed Na ions, which should result in an increased permeability. In one of the tests the copper was separated from the bentonite by a partly air-filled slot. These conditions caused the formation of copper oxides and hydroxides which intermingled with the bentonite that expanded to fill the slot. Due to the low solubility of these copper compounds, the Cu ion concentration was too low to produce ion exchange during the time of observation. (Author)

  11. A condensed matter analogy of impact crater formation

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    Celebonovic, V

    2014-01-01

    Impact craters exist on various solid objects in the planetary system. A simplified analogy of the process of their formation is here analyzed by standard solid state physics and the so called dynamic quantized fracture mechanics. An expression which links the crater volume to the parameters of the impactor and the target is obtained within the two approaches. For low impactor energy, this expression is of the same mathematical form as the one resulting from recent experiments.It is shown that the formation of an impact crater is possible even without heating of the target, if the critical stress in the target satisfies certain conditions. The critical value of the stress needed for the occurence of a fracture is calculated for three craters: two terrestrial and one lunar crater. The approach presented here uses only measurable material parameters, and is therefore more realistic than the treatement of the same problem using the cohesive energy of materials.

  12. Na-smectite s in the Cala de Tomate bentonite deposit (Spain): a natural analogue of the salinity effect on the bentonite barrier of a rad waste disposal

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    Perez del Villar, L.; Pelayo, M.; Fernandez, A.M.; Cozar, J.S. [CIEMAT - Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT/DIRE/CEAGP), Madrid (Spain); Delgado, A.; Reyes, E. [Ciencias de la Tierra y Quimica Ambiental Estacion Experimental del Zaidin Dpt., Granada (Spain); Fernandez-Soler, J.M. [Granada Univ., Dpt. de Mineralogia y Petrologia (Spain); Tsige, M. [Facultad de Ciencias Geologicas, Dpt. de Geodinamica, Madrid (Spain)

    2005-07-01

    Within the framework of the ENRESA programme for the assessment of the long-term behaviour of the bentonite-engineered barrier for a deep radwaste geological repository, analogue studies on several bentonite deposits are conducted at CIEMAT. Among these analogue studies, the thermal effect induced by volcanic intrusions on bentonite deposits is highlighted. In the Cabo de Gata volcanic region, there are several analogue scenarios where these studies have been performed, such as the Cala de Tomate bentonite deposit that was intruded by a pyroxene andesite volcanic dome. However, geological, mineralogical, physicochemical, geochemical and stable isotopic data obtained from the smectites do not allow to establish any analogy with the thermal effect expected on the bentonite-engineered barrier of a deep geological repository after burial. Thus, the bentonitisation processes took place after the intrusion of the dome, as a result of meteoric diagenesis intensively developed on faulting zone affecting the parent pyroclastic acid tuffs. This faulting process occurred after the dome intrusion. However, the physicochemical characteristics of these smectites, specially the exchangeable cations, allow to consider this bentonite deposit as a natural analogue of the saline effect on the clayey barrier. This analogy has been established because Na-smectites are present in this deposit and, up to our present knowledge, it is the first time that these smectites occur naturally in the Cabo de Gata-La Serrata de Nijar volcanic region. As a consequence, the main objectives of this work are: i) to characterise these smectites; ii) to establish their genesis and processes affecting them after their formation and iii) to identify the effects on the bentonite-engineered barrier should it were affected by a Na-rich saline waterfront. (authors)

  13. Modelling Iron-Bentonite Interactions

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    Watson, C.; Savage, D.; Benbow, S.; Wilson, J.

    2009-04-01

    The presence of both iron canisters and bentonitic clay in some engineered barrier system (EBS) designs for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive wastes creates the potential for chemical interactions which may impact upon the long-term performance of the clay as a barrier to radionuclide migration. Flooding of potential radionuclide sorption sites on the clay by ferrous ions and conversion of clay to non-swelling sheet silicates (e.g. berthierine) are two possible outcomes deleterious to long-term performance. Laboratory experimental studies of the corrosion of iron in clay show that corrosion product layers are generally thin ( 250 °C) are dominated by chlorite, whereas lower temperatures produce berthierine, odinite, cronstedtite, or Fe-rich smectite. Unfortunately, the inevitable short-term nature of laboratory experimental studies introduces issues of metastability and kinetics. The sequential formation in time of minerals in natural systems often produces the formation of phases not predicted by equilibrium thermodynamics. Evidence from analogous natural systems suggests that the sequence of alteration of clay by Fe-rich fluids will proceed via an Ostwald step sequence. The computer code, QPAC, has been modified to incorporate processes of nucleation, growth, precursor cannibalisation, and Ostwald ripening to address the issues of the slow growth of bentonite alteration products. This, together with inclusion of processes of iron corrosion and diffusion, has enabled investigation of a representative model of the alteration of bentonite in a typical EBS environment. Simulations with fixed mineral surface areas show that berthierine dominates the solid product assemblage, with siderite replacing it at simulation times greater than 10 000 years. Simulations with time-dependent mineral surface areas show a sequence of solid alteration products, described by: magnetite -> cronstedtite -> berthierine -> chlorite. Using plausible estimates of mineral

  14. Wyoming bentonites. Evidence from the geological record to evaluate the suitability of bentonite as a buffer material during the long-term underground containment of radioactive wastes

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    Smellie, J. [Conterra AB (Sweden)

    2001-12-01

    In the Swedish programme for the deep, geological disposal of radioactive wastes, bentonite is planned to be used as a barrier material to reduce groundwater flow and minimise radionuclide migration into the geosphere. One of the possible threats to long-term bentonite stability is the gradual incursion of saline water into the repository confines which may reduce the swelling capacity of the bentonite, even to the extent of eliminating the positive effects of mixing bentonite into backfill materials. Important information may be obtained from the study of analogous processes in nature (i.e. natural analogue or natural system studies) where bentonite, during its formation, has been in long-term contact with reducing waters of brackish to saline character. Type bentonites include those mined from the Clay Spur bed at the top of the Cretaceous Mowry Formation in NE Wyoming and demarcated for potential use as a barrier material (e.g. MX-80 sodium bentonite) in the Swedish radioactive waste programme. This bentonite forms part of the Mowry Shale which was deposited in a southern embayment of the late Albian Western Interior Cretaceous sea (Mowry Sea). The question is whether these bentonite deposits show evidence of post-deposition alteration caused by the sea water in which they were deposited, and/or, have they been altered subsequently by contact with waters of increasing salinity? Bentonites are the product of pyroclastic fall deposits thought to be generated by the type of explosive, subaerial volcanic activity characteristic of Plinian eruptive systems. In Wyoming the overall composition of the original ash varied from dacite to rhyolite, or latite to trachyte. The ash clouds were carried to high altitudes and eastwards by the prevailing westerly winds before falling over the shallow Mowry Sea and forming thin but widespread and continuous horizons on sea floor muds and sands. Whilst bentonites were principally wind-transported, there is evidence of some water

  15. Wyoming bentonites. Evidence from the geological record to evaluate the suitability of bentonite as a buffer material during the long-term underground containment of radioactive wastes

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    In the Swedish programme for the deep, geological disposal of radioactive wastes, bentonite is planned to be used as a barrier material to reduce groundwater flow and minimise radionuclide migration into the geosphere. One of the possible threats to long-term bentonite stability is the gradual incursion of saline water into the repository confines which may reduce the swelling capacity of the bentonite, even to the extent of eliminating the positive effects of mixing bentonite into backfill materials. Important information may be obtained from the study of analogous processes in nature (i.e. natural analogue or natural system studies) where bentonite, during its formation, has been in long-term contact with reducing waters of brackish to saline character. Type bentonites include those mined from the Clay Spur bed at the top of the Cretaceous Mowry Formation in NE Wyoming and demarcated for potential use as a barrier material (e.g. MX-80 sodium bentonite) in the Swedish radioactive waste programme. This bentonite forms part of the Mowry Shale which was deposited in a southern embayment of the late Albian Western Interior Cretaceous sea (Mowry Sea). The question is whether these bentonite deposits show evidence of post-deposition alteration caused by the sea water in which they were deposited, and/or, have they been altered subsequently by contact with waters of increasing salinity? Bentonites are the product of pyroclastic fall deposits thought to be generated by the type of explosive, subaerial volcanic activity characteristic of Plinian eruptive systems. In Wyoming the overall composition of the original ash varied from dacite to rhyolite, or latite to trachyte. The ash clouds were carried to high altitudes and eastwards by the prevailing westerly winds before falling over the shallow Mowry Sea and forming thin but widespread and continuous horizons on sea floor muds and sands. Whilst bentonites were principally wind-transported, there is evidence of some water

  16. Characterisation of bentonite from Hliník nad Hronom deposit (Jastrabá Formation of the Štiavnica stratovolcano, Western Carpathians

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    Peter Uhlík

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The Hliník nad Hronom bentonite deposit is situated in Jastrabá Formation on the NW margin of the Štiavnické vrchy Mts. Geological exploration was realised in the deposit at the end of eighties. The bentonite was described as lower quality. The deposit is very rarely operated. The purpose of presented study was characterisation of the bentonite predominately by actual X-ray diffraction techniques and infrared spectroscopy and comparison of the Hliník nad Hronom deposit with other Western Carpathian bentonites. Studied bentonite and bentonized rhyolitic tuff from Hliník nad Hronom were composed of 30–53 wt % of Al-Mg montmorillonite, 19–45 wt % of opal-C or opal-CT, mostly less than 14 wt % of volcanic glass and less than 10 wt % of K-feldspar. Also illite, biotite, kaolinite and other were determined as minor and trace mineral phases. Cation-exchange capacity (CEC of bulk rock samples ranged from 30 to 65 meq/100g. CEC was significantly higher in clay fraction (85–95 meq/100g that is in good correlation with presence of almost pure montmorillonite. The BWA analysis of montmorillonite 001 XRD peaks was performed to calculate the mean crystallite size and the crystallite size distribution. Surface controlled crystal growth mechanism was determined for Hliník nad Hronom´s montmorillonite according to calculated parameters of lognormal particle thickness distribution (α and β2, similarly as for other Western Carpathian smectites. The mean thickness of smectite particles from Hliník nad Hronom (about 6.78 nm belongs to the lowest values that were calculated for Western Carpathian smectites. Based on the presented results and previous knowledge, we can assume that the deposit originated in lacustrine environment. The insufficient fluid flow rate caused the precipitation of high amount of opal-C or/and opal-CT. The crystallisation temperature of smectites was low, only 20–50°C, at the bentonitization of rhyolitic tuff of Hliník nad

  17. Bentonite erosion. Final report

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    Low saline water may reach KBS-3 repository depth, e.g. during periods of glaciation. Under such aqueous conditions, the montmorillonite part of the bentonite buffer might transform into a sol and thereby be transported away with flowing water in fractures. The primary aim with this report is to improve the understanding of the basic principles for this possible montmorillonite particle release. The report includes experimental and theoretical work performed at Clay Technology. Natural bentonite and ion-exchanged purified montmorillonite from three different geographical origins, Wyoming (U.S.), Milos (Greece) and Kutch (India) have been studied. Experimental and/or theoretical investigations have been performed with respect to: - Free swelling ability; - Rheological properties; - Rate of bentonite loss into fractures; - Filtering; - Ion exchange; - Sol formation ability; - Ion diffusion; - Mass loss due to erosion. The performed erosion experiments show that erosion does not occur in a mixed calcium/sodium montmorillonite with at least 20% calcium in exchange positions, when the external solution contains above 4 mM charge equivalents. This result is in agreement with the presented conceptual view of sol formation and measured equilibrium properties in mixed calcium/sodium montmorillonite. The findings imply that the buffer will be stable for non-glacial conditions. However, erosion due to sol formation cannot be ruled out for glacial conditions.

  18. Bentonite erosion. Final report

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    Birgersson, Martin; Boergesson, Lennart; Hedstroem, Magnus; Karnland, Ola; Nilsson, Ulf (Clay Technology AB, Lund (Sweden))

    2009-12-15

    Low saline water may reach KBS-3 repository depth, e.g. during periods of glaciation. Under such aqueous conditions, the montmorillonite part of the bentonite buffer might transform into a sol and thereby be transported away with flowing water in fractures. The primary aim with this report is to improve the understanding of the basic principles for this possible montmorillonite particle release. The report includes experimental and theoretical work performed at Clay Technology. Natural bentonite and ion-exchanged purified montmorillonite from three different geographical origins, Wyoming (U.S.), Milos (Greece) and Kutch (India) have been studied. Experimental and/or theoretical investigations have been performed with respect to: - Free swelling ability; - Rheological properties; - Rate of bentonite loss into fractures; - Filtering; - Ion exchange; - Sol formation ability; - Ion diffusion; - Mass loss due to erosion. The performed erosion experiments show that erosion does not occur in a mixed calcium/sodium montmorillonite with at least 20% calcium in exchange positions, when the external solution contains above 4 mM charge equivalents. This result is in agreement with the presented conceptual view of sol formation and measured equilibrium properties in mixed calcium/sodium montmorillonite. The findings imply that the buffer will be stable for non-glacial conditions. However, erosion due to sol formation cannot be ruled out for glacial conditions.

  19. Gas Transport in Bentonite

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    Villar, M. V.; Gutierre-Rodrigo, V.; Martin, P. I.; Romero, F. J.; Barcala, J. M.

    2013-07-01

    remained open allowing decreasing gas flow, the swelling capacity of the bentonite matrix (lower as the density is lower) had also an effect on path formation and consequently on permeability. After restoration of the bentonite the same breakthrough pressures and permeabilities were found, pointing to the perfect healing of these preferential pathways. A sealed interface along the bentonite did not seem to affect the breakthrough pressure or permeability values. (Author)

  20. Preparation of bentonites for laboratory investigations

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    A project study on behalf of Nagra for high radioactive waste disposal in deep geological formations as well as literature studies have shown that bentonite could be a suitable filling and sealing material. The Institute for Foundation and Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Institute of Technology has been given a contract by Nagra to investigate different bentonites. The investigations concentrate on the Na-bentonite MX-80 from Wyoming, which is foreseen by the Swedes, and on the geographically more favorable Ca-bentonite Montigel from Bavaria. Montigel powder and granulate, which show certain manufacturing advantages, were investigated. The quality of the bentonites was examined especially to ascertain whether the bentonites were homogeneous with respect to composition and properties. Montmorillonite, carbonate, oxidizing substances and exchangeable ions were quality content criteria for bentonite. The investigations showed that these bentonites are typical Na- and Ca-bentonites. A representative sample of 500 kg weight (250 kg for Montigel K) was largely homogeneous. The samples were analysed by x-rays and thermoanalysis. Additionally grain size, carbonate content, methylene blue value, yield point, exchange capacity and exchangeable ions were determined. 5 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  1. Adsorption of single-strand alkylammonium salts on bentonite, surface properties of the modified clay and polymer nanocomposites formation by a two-roll mill

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    The adsorption of tallow alkylammonium salts onto bentonite from the Lopburi province in Thailand, and the effect of surface wettability on the formation of polymer-clay nanocomposites are reported. We looked specifically at octadecyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (S18), a popular member of the tallow alkylammonium salt family. The adsorption of S18 onto the bentonite interlayer can be divided into three distinct stages depending upon the initial concentration of S18. These stages are (a) monolayer formation, (b) intermediate state of double layer formation and (c) double layer formation. A decrease in surface energy driven by drops in the values of the polar and dispersive components was observed as the amount of surfactant surface coverage increased. Using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), the critical surface energy (CSE) of organoclay was found to decrease as the amount of absorbed S18 increased. S18 organoclay with different degrees of surface coverage was used in a two-roll mill to prepare high-density polyetheylene (HDPE)-clay nanocomposites. The oxidized polyethylene wax (OWax) was used as a dispersing agent to promote the delamination of the organoclay platelets. The results from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicated a difference in the dispersing capability of the organoclay.

  2. Design and emplacement of bentonite barriers

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    Bentonite is a well known sealing and buffer material for waste disposals in hard rock conditions. Bentonite was also tested as a sealing material for rock salt formations. Under salt conditions the hydraulic conductivity is higher and the swelling pressure is lower then under freshwater conditions using the same bentonite dry density. Because rock salt conditions are more ambitious for bentonite, the new research results of material design and emplacement technology are very useful for applications under freshwater conditions. Commercial available bentonites were tested by measurements of hydraulic conductivity and swelling pressure at various dry densities. The result is the required emplacement dry density for each bentonite. Following an industrial production process for high compacted bentonite materials with low initial water content was developed. Bentonite blocks for drift sealings and compacts / granules for bulk mixtures for shaft sealings have been successful tested in large scale in situ tests in salt mines. Since 1998 about 500 t of bentonite blocks have been produced by the company Preiss-Daimler Industries GmbH - Feuerfestwerke Wetro. The blocks have a standard size of (250 x 125 x 62,5) mm. A proper fit of the blocks to the rock contour can be formed by sawing. The emplacement as dry brickwork is simple and reliable for the rough conditions in underground mines. The recent shaft sealing systems consist of a binary mixture of air dry compacted bentonite compacts and granules (moisture content 7 - 10 %). This material design and the production technology were developed in cooperation with the K and S Group. Both components of the bulk mixture (compacts and granules) are now produced at the plant 'Bergmannssegen-Hugo' (K and S Group). This material defines the actual best state of the art for bentonite sealing materials for long term stable shaft sealing systems, especially under difficult conditions like in salt mines. Since 2004 about 3000 t of

  3. Selection of bentonite deposits

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    The selection of bentonite deposits is to offer a supply base of backfill/buffer materials for high-level radioactive waste repository in China. In this paper the comprehensive evaluation criteria were discussed first, then a comprehensive comment on bentonite deposits in China was given. The properties of geographic distribution, origin, reserves and ore quality of bentonite deposits were also discussed. The comprehensive comparison studies on 12 large-sized bentonite deposits was presented. Based on the results obtained Gaomiaozi bentonite deposit, Inner Mongolia, was recommended as the first choice of backfill/buffer materials for repository in China. (author)

  4. Manufacture and homogeneity of highly dense bentonite samples

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    A project study on behalf of Nagra for high radioactive waste disposal in deep geological formations as well as literature studies have shown that bentonite could be a suitable filling and sealing material. The Institute for Foundation and Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Institute of Technology is under contract by Nagra to investigate different bentonites. The investigations concentrate on the Na-bentonite MX-80 from Wyoming, which is foreseen by the Swedes, and on the geographically more favorable Ca-bentonite Montigel from Bavaria. Montigel powder and granulate, which show certain manufacturing advantages, were investigated. Numerous experiments, mostly for manufacturing of sample bodies for swelling experiments, were performed and evaluated with the aim to clarify the condensation properties of bentonites in a highly dense field. Especially the relationship between water content, pressure and attained dry density for the three bentonites: MX-80 (granulate), Montigel (powder) and Montigel K (granulate) were investigated. It was shown that the delivery water contents of the three bentonites favorably lie within the 8-10 % necessary to prepare high density samples with dry densities of about 2.0 Mg/m3. The comparison of the three bentonites shows that both bentonites in granular form allow lower pressures at condensation than the bentonite in powder form. Based on x-ray and pressure porosimetry investigations the high density bentonites are largely homogeneous sample bodies considering their density and pore radius distribution. 15 figs., 2 tabs

  5. Activation of wine bentonite with gamma rays

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    The action of gamma rays on wine bentonite as well as influence of its adsorption and technologic qualities on the composition and stability of wines against protein darkening and precipitation has been studied. The experiments were carried out with wine bentonite produced in the firm Bentonite and irradiated with doses of 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0 MR. White and red wines have been treated with irradiated bentonite under laboratory conditions at 1.0 g/dm3. All samples are treated at the same conditions. The flocculation rate of the sediment was determined visually. Samples have been taken 24 h later from the cleared wine layers. The following parameters have been determined: clarification, filtration rate, phenolic compounds, calcium, colour intensity, total extracted substances, etc. The volume of the sediment has been determined also. The control samples have been taken from the same unirradiated wines. The results showed better and faster clarification in on the third, the 20th and the 24th hours with using of gamma-irradiated at doses 0.8 and 1.0 MR. The sediment was the most compact and its volume - the smallest compared to the samples treated with bentonite irradiated with doses of 0.6 and 0.4 MR. This ensures a faster clarification and better filtration of treated wines. The bentonite activated with doses of 0.8 and 1.0 MR adsorbs the phenolic compounds and the complex protein-phenolic molecules better. In the same time it adsorbs less extracted substances compared to untreated bentonite and so preserves all organoleptic properties of wine. The irradiated bentonite adsorbs less the monomers of anthocyan compounds which ensures brighter natural colour of wine. The gamma-rays activation consolidates calcium in the crystal lattice of bentonite particles and in this way eliminates the formation of crystal precipitates

  6. Clathrate hydrate formation in amorphous cometary ice analogs in vacuo

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    Blake, David; Allamandola, Louis; Sandford, Scott; Hudgins, Doug; Freund, Friedemann

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    Experiments conducted in clathrate hydrates with a modified electron microscope have demonstrated the possibility of such compounds' formation during the warming of vapor-deposited amorphous ices in vacuo, through rearrangements in the solid state. Subsolidus crystallization of compositionally complex amorphous ices may therefore be a general and ubiquitous process. Phase separations and microporous textures thus formed may be able to account for such anomalous cometary phenomena as the release of gas at large radial distances from the sun and the retention of volatiles to elevated temperatures.

  7. Fission-track age of a bentonitized ash bed and mammalian fauna from Nagrota formation (Upper Siwalik) of Jammu District, J and K, India

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    Fission-track age of a bentonitized volcanic ash bed occurring in the middle part of Nagrota Formation. Upper Siwalik, north of Uttarbaini, Jammu district, Jammu and Kashmir, has been determined to be 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. B.P. The radiometric age obtained for the sample roughly coincides with the Olduvai Event (1.6-1.8 m.y.). However, the lithological and paleoclimatic changes in the Upper Siwalik success ion are indicated at the contact between Parmandal Sandstone and Nagrota Formation, i.e. about 1100 m below the 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. datum line in this part. Vertebrat e fauna was studied from 16 sites beneath and 12 above the volcanic ash bed to interpret the biological and palaeoenvironmental aspects of the Nagrota Formation. The assemblage represented in the collection is similar to that of the Pinjor Biozone (Villafranchian) and is assigned a probable age ranging from about 2.9 m.y. to 1.0 m.y. B.P. The stratigraphic interval from the base of Nagrota Formation (approx. 2.9 m.y. B.P.) to the 1.6 ± 0.2 m.y. datum is characterise d by predominance of advanced elephants along with other mammalian groups suggesting the climate to be probably warm and mildly arid. Above this level, until about 1 m.y. B.P., the elephants are rare and dry landforms predominate indicating incoming of more arid conditions. The faunal changes are attributable to the environmental changes which were gradually brought in by the Himalayan tectonism . (author). 8 refs., 6 figs

  8. Bentonite porewater chemistry

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    Porewater composition in a compacted bentonite is dependent on the composition of the surrounding groundwater, and on the characteristics of the bentonite itself. Two mechanisms through which bentonite influences the respective porewater composition are distinguished: surface chemical reactions (ion exchange, surface complexation) on smectite and dissolution of minerals and soluble impurities included in bentonite. This report provides the results of different activities related to the definition of porewater chemistry through the use of geochemical models: 1) review of thermodynamic model on ion exchange reaction, 2) modeling of bentonite-water interactions under aerobic conditions, 3) performance of sensitivity analyses of key parameters in the bentonite model, 4) model simulation of bentonite porewater chemistry in the engineered barrier system under repository conditions. Experimental information of bentonite-water interaction allowed the determination of soluble impurities in the bentonite, and the knowledge of these impurities is important for predictive modeling. For the impurities of Kunigel-V1, 0.38% of CaSO4, 0.0011% of NaCl and 0.0044% of KCl were determined. The sensitivity analyses resulted in that the presence of calcite, CaSO4 and pyrite strongly influences the pH in the compacted bentonite, and the pH in compacted bentonite is buffered by the acid/base equilibria at the Na-smectite surface as well. Through the model calculations, some remarks on the expected trends for the long term behavior can be made like that the pH in compacted bentonite is expected to increase with increasing number of water exchange cycles, as long as CaCO3 contributes to the pH buffering capacity, due to slow depletion of the soluble impurities in the bentonite. The pH of the porewater, however, lies in all cases (but in the presence of CaCo3) between 5.6 and 9.5. Based on the findings discussed above, a large number of calculations were carried out to support the definition

  9. Modeling the competition between solid solution formation and cation exchange on the retardation of aqueous radium in an idealized bentonite column

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    Clays and clay rocks are considered viable geotechnical barriers in radioactive waste disposal. One reason for this is the propensity for cation exchange reactions in clay minerals to retard the migration of radionuclides. Although another retardation mechanism, namely the incorporation of radionuclides into sulfate or carbonate solid solutions, has been known for a long time, only recently has it been examined systematically. In this work, we investigate the competitive effect of both mechanisms on the transport of radium (Ra) in the near-field of a low- and intermediate level nuclear waste repository. In our idealized geochemical model, numerical simulations show that barium (Ba) and strontium (Sr) needed for Ra sulfate solid solutions also partition to the cation exchange sites of montmorillonite (Mont), which is the major mineral constituent of bentonite that is used for tunnel backfill. At high Mont content, most Ra tends to attach to Mont, while incorporation of Ra in sulfate solid solutions is more important at low Monte content. To explore the effect of the Mont content on the transport of radium, a multi-component reactive transport model was developed and implemented in the scientific software OpenGeoSys-GEM. It was found that a decrease of fixation capacity due to low Mont content is compensated by the formation of solid solutions and that the migration distance of aqueous Ra is similar at different Mont/water ratios. (author)

  10. Mineralogical investigations of Wyoming bentonite MX-80 and Montigel

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    A project study for the final disposal of high-level radioactive wastes in deep geological formations, carried out on behalf of Nagra has shown that bentonite could serve as backfilling and sealing material for the final repository concept foreseen by Nagra. Subsequently, the Institute for Foundation and Ground Mechanics of the ETH-Zurich was charged by Nagra with the investigation of various bentonites. The investigations concentrated on the Na-bentonite MX-80 from Wyoming, which is favoured by the Swedes, and on the geographically more favourable Ca-bentonite Montigel from Bavaria. The mineral composition, surface, exchange capacity and exchangeable ions, charge distribution and density of both bentonites have been investigated

  11. Bentonite erosion by dilute waters in initially saturated bentonite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. One scenario of interest for the long-term safety assessment of a spent nuclear fuel repository involves the loss of bentonite buffer material through contact with dilute groundwater at a transmissive fracture interface (SKB 2011, Posiva 2012a). The scenario is based on the stable colloids at low ionic strength: - the cohesive forces of bentonite decrease in low-salinity conditions, and colloids start to dominate and are able to leave the gel-like bentonite on the groundwater bentonite boundary; - after colloid formation, groundwater may carry away the only just released clay colloids; - low-salinity events are most probable during post-glacial conditions, when also pressure gradients are high, causing elevated flow velocity, which may enhance colloidal transport. Therefore, it is very important from the point of view of repository safety assessment to be able to estimate how much bentonite may be lost during a post-glacial event, when the groundwater salinity and velocity, as well as the duration of the event are fixed. It is possible that more than one event will hit the same canister and buffer, and that several canisters and buffers may be jeopardized. The results in the issue so far may be divided into modelling attempts and experimental work. The modelling has been based on two main guidelines: external (Birgersson et al., 2009) and internal friction models (Neretnieks et al., 2009). However, these models have not been validated for erosion, probably due to lack of suitable laboratory data. The latter approach is more ambitious due to lack of fitting parameters, though the internal friction model itself may be varied. The internal friction model has proven to be time-consuming to solve numerically. This work indicates that experiments carried out by Schatz et al. (2012) differ significantly from the predictions obtained from Neretnieks' model. We present our numerical modelling results based on a set of

  12. Numerical simulation of alteration of sodium bentonite by diffusion of ionic groundwater components

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    Experiments measuring the movement of trace amounts of radionuclides through compacted bentonite have typically used unaltered bentonite. Models based on experiments such as these may not lead to accurate predictions of the migration through altered or partially altered bentonite of radionuclides that undergo ion exchange. To address this problem, we have modified an existing transport code to include ion exchange and aqueous complexation reactions. The code is thus able to simulate the diffusion of major ionic groundwater components through bentonite and reactions between the bentonite and groundwater. Numerical simulations have been made to investigate the conversion of sodium bentonite to calcium bentonite for a reference groundwater characteristic of deep granitic formations. 20 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  13. Formation of unsaturated hydrocarbons in interstellar ice analogs by cosmic rays

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    Pilling, S.; Andrade, D. P. P; da Silveira, E. F.; Rothard, H.; Domaracka, A.; Boduch, P.

    2012-01-01

    The formation of double and triple C-C bonds from the processing of pure c-C6H12 (cyclohexane) and mixed H2O:NH3:c-C6H12 (1:0.3:0.7) ices by highly-charged, and energetic ions (219 MeV O^{7+} and 632 MeV Ni^{24+}) is studied. The experiments simulate the physical chemistry induced by medium-mass and heavy-ion cosmic rays in interstellar ices analogs. The measurements were performed inside a high vacuum chamber at the heavy-ion accelerator GANIL (Grand Accel\\'erat\\'eur National d'Ions Lourds) ...

  14. Porewater chemistry in compacted bentonite

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    In this study, the porewater chemistry in compacted bentonite, considered as an engineered barrier in the repository of spent fuel, has been studied in interaction experiments. Many parameters, like the composition and density of bentonite, composition of the solution, bentonite-to-water ratio (B/W), surrounding conditions and experimental time have been varied in the experiments. At the end of the interaction the equilibrating solution, the porewaters squeezed out of the bentonite samples, and bentonites themselves were analyzed to give information for the interpretation and modelling of the interaction. Equilibrium modelling was performed with the HYDRAQL/CE computer code

  15. Fe-bentonite. Experiments and modelling of the interactions of bentonites with iron

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    The main objectives of this study were to enhance the understanding of the interactions of bentonites with steel containers in the near field of a repository in salt formations and to determine missing experimental thermo-hydraulical-chemical and mineralogical data needed for the THC modelling of the interactions of bentonites with iron. At the beginning of this project a literature review helped to clarify the state of the art regarding the above mentioned objectives prior to the start of the experimental work. In the following experimental programme the hydraulic changes in the pore space of compacted MX80 bentonites containing metallic iron powder and in contact with three solutions of different ionic strength containing different concentrations of Fe2+ have been investigated. The alterations of MX80 and several other bentonites have been assessed in contact with the low ionic strength Opalinus Clay Pore Water (OCPW) and the saturated salt solutions NaCl solution and IP21 solution. Under repository relevant boundary conditions we determined on compacted MX80 samples with the raw density of 1.6 g/cm3 simultaneously interdependent properties like swelling pressures, hydraulic parameters (permeabilities and porosities), mineralogical data (changes of the smectite composition and iron corrosion products), transport parameters (diffusion coefficients) and thermal data (temperature dependent reaction progresses). The information and data resulting from the experiments have been used in geochemical modelling calculations and the existing possibilities and limitations to simulate these very complex near field processes were demonstrated. The main conclusion of this study is that the alteration of bentonites in contact with iron is accentuated and accelerated. Alterations in contact with solutions of different ionic strength identified by the authors in previous studies were found be much more intensive in contact with metallic iron and at elevated temperatures. The

  16. Development of an Analog System to Simulate Interface Formation During Fusion™ Casting

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    Di Ciano, Massimo; Weckman, D. C.; Wells, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    To improve casting and product yields of Fusion™ cast AA3003-core/AA4045-clad laminate ingots, a fundamental understanding of the wetting and interface formation process between the oxidized AA3003 cast surface and the AA4045 melt is required. In this study, a laboratory scale analog/immersion test was developed which mimics the wetting and interface formation process that occurs during Fusion™ casting. The effects of reheating and remelting of the AA3003 cast surface, the degree of surface oxidation present during initial contact of the two alloys, and the atmospheric conditions (air or argon) on interface formation when dipped into an AA4045 melt were examined. Results indicated that in an argon atmosphere, wetting and dissolution of the solid, oxidized AA3003 samples by liquid AA4045 occurred at temperatures both above and below the measured onset of AA3003 remelting. AA3003/AA4045 interfaces were similar to those produced during Fusion™ casting, with a thin layer of AA4045 forming an oxide-free, metallurgical interface to the AA3003 after immersion. The AA3003 surface oxides were not an impediment to wetting and bond formation. Mg surface segregation was observed on the oxidized AA3003 surfaces and may play a role to help penetrate the oxide layer. For tests conducted in air, wetting of the sample by AA4045 liquid was generally poor regardless of temperature.

  17. Characterizing fiber formation in meat analogs using an anisotropic photon migration model

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    Ranasinghesagara, J.; Hsieh, F.; Yao, G.

    2006-10-01

    Animal meat products may not be the best choice for many people in the world due to various reasons such as cost, health problems, or religious restrictions. High moisture (40-80%) extrusion technology shows a great promise for texturizing vegetable proteins into fibrous meat alternatives. Soy protein which is healthy, highly nutritious, low in both fat and carbohydrate has been used in high moisture extrusion process to produce meat analogs with well formed fiber that resemble chicken or turkey breast meat. Assessing fiber formation in extruded products is important for controlling extrusion quality in manufacturing process. Although several methods have been studied for quantifying fiber formation in extrudates, their applications for real time quality control in manufacturing process have been challenging. We explored the possibility of applying a nondestructive method based on backscattered reflectance to measure the fiber formation of extruded soy proteins. An image processing method was developed to extract the light reflectance profile at the extrudates' surface. We applied the anisotropic continuous time random walk (CTRW) theory to quantitatively describe the fiber formation in extrudates based on extracted surface reflectance profiles. This method has a potential to be used as a non-destructive, fast, real time quality control tool for products with fibrous structures.

  18. Pattern formation during healing of fluid-filled cracks: an analog experiment

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    The formation and subsequent healing of cracks and crack networks may control such diverse phenomena as the strengthening of fault zones between earthquakes, fluid migrations in the Earth's crust, or the transport of radioactive materials in nuclear waste disposal. An intriguing pattern-forming process can develop during healing of fluid-filled cracks, where pockets of fluid remain permanently trapped in the solid as the crack tip is displaced driven by surface energy. Here, we present the results of analog experiments in which a liquid was injected into a colloidal inorganic gel to obtain penny-shaped cracks that were subsequently allowed to close and heal under the driving effect of interfacial tension. Depending on the properties of the gel and the injected liquid, two modes of healing were obtained. In the first mode, the crack healed completely through a continuous process. The second mode of healing was discontinuous and was characterized by a 'zipper-like' closure of a front that moved along the crack perimeter, trapping fluid that may eventually form inclusions trapped in the solid. This instability occurred only when the velocity of the crack tip decreased to zero. Our experiments provide a cheap and simple analog to reveal how aligned arrays of fluid inclusions may be captured along preexisting fracture planes and how small amounts of fluids can be permanently trapped in solids, modifying irreversibly their material properties.

  19. UO22+ sorption on bentonite

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    The capacity of bentonite and purified bentonite to remove UO22+ ions from aqueous solutions has been investigated. The UO22+ uptake in these clays was determined for 0.2 and 0.002M uranyl nitrate solutions. It was found that under these conditions (0.2M) the maximum UO22+ uptake was 1.010±0.070 meq UO22+/g of bentonite and 0.787±0.020 meq UO22+/g of purified bentonite. In purified bentonite UO22+ sorption is irreversible up to 50 hours as no desorption was observed. Such is not the case in the natural bentonite. X-ray diffraction, thermal analyses, and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the solids. The uranium content was determined by neutron activation analysis. (author)

  20. Large Impacts around a Solar Analog Star in the Era of Terrestrial Planet Formation

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    Meng, Huan Y A; Rieke, George H; Stevenson, David J; Plavchan, Peter; Rujopakarn, Wiphu; Lisse, Carey M; Poshyachinda, Saran; Reichart, Daniel E

    2015-01-01

    The final assembly of terrestrial planets occurs via massive collisions, which can launch copious clouds of dust that are warmed by the star and glow in the infrared. We report the real-time detection of a debris-producing impact in the terrestrial planet zone around a 35-million year-old solar analog star. We observed a substantial brightening of the debris disk at 3-5 {\\mu}m, followed by a decay over a year, with quasi-periodic modulations of the disk flux. The behavior is consistent with the occurrence of a violent impact that produced vapor out of which a thick cloud of silicate spherules condensed that were ground into dust by collisions. These results demonstrate how the time domain can become a new dimension for the study of terrestrial planet formation.

  1. Bentonite erosion. Laboratory studies

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    This report covers the laboratory studies that have been performed at Nuclear Chemistry, KTH in the project 'Bentonite Erosion'. Many of the experiments in this report were performed to support the work of the modelling group and were often relatively simple. One of the experiment series was performed to see the impact of gravity and concentration of mono- and di-valent cations. A clay suspension was prepared in a test tube. A net was placed in contact with the suspension, the test tube was filled with solutions of different concentrations and the system was left overnight to settle. The tube was then turned upside down and the behaviour was visually observed. Either the clay suspension fell through the net or stayed on top. By using this method surprisingly sharp determinations of the Critical Coagulation (Flocculation) Concentration (CCC/CFC) could be made. The CCC/CFC of Ca2+ was for sodium montmorillonite determined to be between 1 and 2 mM. An artificial fracture was manufactured in order to simulate the real case scenario. The set-up was two Plexiglas slabs separated by 1 mm thick spacers with a bentonite container at one side of the fracture. Water was pumped with a very low flow rate perpendicular to bentonite container and the water exiting the fracture was sampled and analyzed for colloid content. The bentonite used was treated in different ways. In the first experiment a relatively montmorillonite rich clay was used while in the second bentonite where only the readily soluble minerals had been removed was used. Since Plexiglas was used it was possible to visually observe the bentonite dispersing into the fracture. After the compacted bentonite (1,000 kg/m3) had been water saturated the clay had expanded some 12 mm out into the fracture. As the experiment progressed the clay expanded more out into the fracture and seemed to fractionate in two different phases with less material in the outmost phase. A dark rim which was later analyzed to contain mostly

  2. Bentonite erosion. Laboratory studies

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    Jansson, Mats (Div. of Nuclear Chemistry, Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden), School of Chemical Science and Engineering)

    2009-11-15

    This report covers the laboratory studies that have been performed at Nuclear Chemistry, KTH in the project 'Bentonite Erosion'. Many of the experiments in this report were performed to support the work of the modelling group and were often relatively simple. One of the experiment series was performed to see the impact of gravity and concentration of mono- and di-valent cations. A clay suspension was prepared in a test tube. A net was placed in contact with the suspension, the test tube was filled with solutions of different concentrations and the system was left overnight to settle. The tube was then turned upside down and the behaviour was visually observed. Either the clay suspension fell through the net or stayed on top. By using this method surprisingly sharp determinations of the Critical Coagulation (Flocculation) Concentration (CCC/CFC) could be made. The CCC/CFC of Ca2+ was for sodium montmorillonite determined to be between 1 and 2 mM. An artificial fracture was manufactured in order to simulate the real case scenario. The set-up was two Plexiglas slabs separated by 1 mm thick spacers with a bentonite container at one side of the fracture. Water was pumped with a very low flow rate perpendicular to bentonite container and the water exiting the fracture was sampled and analyzed for colloid content. The bentonite used was treated in different ways. In the first experiment a relatively montmorillonite rich clay was used while in the second bentonite where only the readily soluble minerals had been removed was used. Since Plexiglas was used it was possible to visually observe the bentonite dispersing into the fracture. After the compacted bentonite (1,000 kg/m3) had been water saturated the clay had expanded some 12 mm out into the fracture. As the experiment progressed the clay expanded more out into the fracture and seemed to fractionate in two different phases with less material in the outmost phase. A dark rim which was later analyzed to contain

  3. Progress of research on the influence of alkaline cation and alkaline solution on bentonite properties

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    Based on the previous laboratory studies and numerical simulation on bentonite in alkaline environments, the effects of alkaline cation and alkaline solution on mineral composition, microstructure, swelling capacity and hydraulic properties of bentonite are emphasized in this paper, temperature, pH values and concentration are discussed as main affecting factors. When bentonite is exposed to alkaline cation or alkaline solution, microstructure of bentonite will be changed due to the dissolution of montmorillonite and the formation of secondary minerals, which results in the decrease of swelling pressure. The amount of the reduction of swelling pressure depends on the concentration of alkaline solution. Temperature, polyvalent cation, salinity and concentration are the main factors affecting hydraulic properties of bentonite under alkaline conditions. Therefore, future research should focus on the mechanism of coupling effects of weak alkaline solutions on the mineral composition, microstructure, swelling capacity and hydraulic properties of bentonite under different temperatures and different pH values. (authors)

  4. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ice Analogs

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    Milam, S. N.; Nuevo, M.; Sandford, S. A.; Elsila, J. E.; Dworkin, J. P.

    2010-01-01

    Astrochemistry laboratory simulations have shown that complex organic molecules including compounds of astrobiological interest can be formed under interstellarl/circumstellar conditions from the vacuum UV irradiation of astrophysical ice analogs containing H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, NH13, etc. Of all prebiotic compounds, the formation of amino acids under such experimental conditions has been the most extensively studied. Although the presence of amino acids in the interstellar medium (ISM) has yet to be confirmed, they have been detected in meteorites, indicating that biomolecules and/or their precursors can be formed under extraterrestrial, abiotic conditions. Nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA and RNA, as well as other 1V-heterocycles, have also been detected in meteorites, but like amino acids, they have yet to be observed in the ISM. In this work, we present an experimental study of the formation of pyrimidine-based compounds from the UV photo-irradiation of pyrimidine in ice mixtures containing H2O, NH3, and/or CH3OH at low temperature and pressure.

  5. Chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposites: morphology and mechanical behavior

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    This study chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposite films were prepared by solution intercalation process, seeking to investigate the effect of the chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 e 10/1) on the morphology and mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposites. It was used as nanophase, Argel sodium bentonite (AN), was provided by Bentonit Uniao Nordeste-BUN (Campina Grande, Brazil) and as biopolymer matrix the chitosan of low molecular weight and degree of deacetylation of 86,7% was supplied by Polymar (Fortaleza, Brazil). The bionanocomposites was investigated by X-ray diffraction and tensile properties. According to the results, the morphology and the mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposite was affected by the ratio of chitosan/bentonite. The chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 and 10/1) indicated the formation of an intercalated nanostructure and of the predominantly exfoliated nanostructure, respectively. And the considerable increases in the resistance to the traction were observed mainly for the bionanocomposite with predominantly exfoliated morphology. (author)

  6. Geochemical investigation of iron transport into bentonite as steel corrodes

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    some experiments. Using the experimental data as a guide, a modelling investigation has been carried out. The objectives of the modelling investigation were: To develop a geochemical model of the transport of iron into bentonite based on the clear experimental evidence of the penetration of iron into bentonite. To improve our understanding of the desaturation of the bentonite as water is consumed during the corrosion process and the resultant gas(es) escapes. The production of iron from the corroding source was modelled using a rate of gas evolution that had been fitted. It was shown that ion exchange and surface complexation processes do not provide sufficient sorption to predict the high amount of iron observed in the solid phase. Therefore alternative processes, such as iron-containing mineral formation or mineral transformations, were also suggested to account for the amount of iron observed within the bentonite phase. Magnetite was identified as the most thermodynamically stable solubility limiting phase under the experimental conditions. A one-dimensional transport model was constructed to include all relevant processes. The simulations considered the diffusive transport of Fe2+ ions away from a corroding source, using the rate of gas evolution resulting from the corrosion process. Ion exchange and surface complexation processes were allowed within the bentonite which would provide sorption of iron onto and within the bentonite solid. The pH was buffered by allowing protonation and deprotonation of the surface sites of the bentonite solid. In addition, saturation of iron-containing minerals was permitted. The base case model suggests that about 4.4 wt % of iron could form in the bentonite if the formation of magnetite was allowed. However, the maximum theoretical amount of iron available from the source term is limited to 4.5 wt % of iron by the cumulative gas evolution rate, which is lower than the observed amount of iron in the bulk bentonite (6.6 wt %). A

  7. Formation of unsaturated hydrocarbons in interstellar ice analogs by cosmic rays

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    Pilling, S; da Silveira, E F; Rothard, H; Domaracka, A; Boduch, P

    2012-01-01

    The formation of double and triple C-C bonds from the processing of pure c-C6H12 (cyclohexane) and mixed H2O:NH3:c-C6H12 (1:0.3:0.7) ices by highly-charged, and energetic ions (219 MeV O^{7+} and 632 MeV Ni^{24+}) is studied. The experiments simulate the physical chemistry induced by medium-mass and heavy-ion cosmic rays in interstellar ices analogs. The measurements were performed inside a high vacuum chamber at the heavy-ion accelerator GANIL (Grand Accel\\'erat\\'eur National d'Ions Lourds) in Caen, France. The gas samples were deposited onto a polished CsI substrate previously cooled to 13 K. In-situ analysis was performed by a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry at different ion fluences. Dissociation cross section of cyclohexane and its half-life in astrophysical environments were determined. A comparison between spectra of bombarded ices and young stellar sources indicates that the initial composition of grains in theses environments should contain a mixture of H2O, NH3, CO (or CO2), simple al...

  8. Deuterium Fractionation during Amino Acid Formation by Photolysis of Interstellar Ice Analogs Containing Deuterated Methanol

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    Oba, Yasuhiro; Takano, Yoshinori; Watanabe, Naoki; Kouchi, Akira

    2016-08-01

    Deuterium (D) atoms in interstellar deuterated methanol might be distributed into complex organic molecules through molecular evolution by photochemical reactions in interstellar grains. In this study, we use a state-of-the-art high-resolution mass spectrometer coupled with a high-performance liquid chromatography system to quantitatively analyze amino acids and their deuterated isotopologues formed by the photolysis of interstellar ice analogs containing singly deuterated methanol CH2DOH at 10 K. Five amino acids (glycine, α-alanine, β-alanine, sarcosine, and serine) and their deuterated isotopologues whose D atoms are bound to carbon atoms are detected in organic residues formed by photolysis followed by warming up to room temperature. The abundances of singly deuterated amino acids are in the range of 0.3–1.1 relative to each nondeuterated counterpart, and the relative abundances of doubly and triply deuterated species decrease with an increasing number of D atoms in a molecule. The abundances of amino acids increase by a factor of more than five upon the hydrolysis of the organic residues, leading to decreases in the relative abundances of deuterated species for α-alanine and β-alanine. On the other hand, the relative abundances of the deuterated isotopologues of the other three amino acids did not decrease upon hydrolysis, indicating different formation mechanisms of these two groups upon hydrolysis. The present study facilitates both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of D fractionation during molecular evolution in the interstellar medium.

  9. Corrosion of high-level radioactive waste iron-canisters in contact with bentonite

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    Kaufhold, Stephan, E-mail: s.kaufhold@bgr.de [BGR, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Stilleweg 2, D-30655 Hannover (Germany); Hassel, Achim Walter [Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Straße 1, D-40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Institute for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz (Austria); Sanders, Daniel [Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Straße 1, D-40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Dohrmann, Reiner [BGR, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Stilleweg 2, D-30655 Hannover (Germany); LBEG, Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie, Stilleweg 2, D-30655 Hannover (Germany)

    2015-03-21

    Graphical abstract: Corrosion at the bentonite iron interface proceeds unaerobically with formation of an 1:1 Fe silicate mineral. A series of exposure tests with different types of bentonites showed that Na–bentonites are slightly less corrosive than Ca–bentonites and highly charges smectites are less corrosive compared to low charged ones. The formation of a patina was observed in some cases and has to be investigated further. - Highlights: • At the iron bentonite interface a 1:1 Fe layer silicate forms upon corrosion. • A series of iron–bentonite corrosion products showed slightly less corrosion for Na-rich and high-charged bentonites. • In some tests the formation of a patina was observed consisting of Fe–silicate, which has to be investigated further. - Abstract: Several countries favor the encapsulation of high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) in iron or steel canisters surrounded by highly compacted bentonite. In the present study the corrosion of iron in contact with different bentonites was investigated. The corrosion product was a 1:1 Fe layer silicate already described in literature (sometimes referred to as berthierine). Seven exposition test series (60 °C, 5 months) showed slightly less corrosion for the Na–bentonites compared to the Ca–bentonites. Two independent exposition tests with iron pellets and 38 different bentonites clearly proved the role of the layer charge density of the swelling clay minerals (smectites). Bentonites with high charged smectites are less corrosive than bentonites dominated by low charged ones. The type of counterion is additionally important because it determines the density of the gel and hence the solid/liquid ratio at the contact to the canister. The present study proves that the integrity of the multibarrier-system is seriously affected by the choice of the bentonite buffer encasing the metal canisters in most of the concepts. In some tests the formation of a patina was observed consisting of Fe

  10. Corrosion of high-level radioactive waste iron-canisters in contact with bentonite

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    Graphical abstract: Corrosion at the bentonite iron interface proceeds unaerobically with formation of an 1:1 Fe silicate mineral. A series of exposure tests with different types of bentonites showed that Na–bentonites are slightly less corrosive than Ca–bentonites and highly charges smectites are less corrosive compared to low charged ones. The formation of a patina was observed in some cases and has to be investigated further. - Highlights: • At the iron bentonite interface a 1:1 Fe layer silicate forms upon corrosion. • A series of iron–bentonite corrosion products showed slightly less corrosion for Na-rich and high-charged bentonites. • In some tests the formation of a patina was observed consisting of Fe–silicate, which has to be investigated further. - Abstract: Several countries favor the encapsulation of high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) in iron or steel canisters surrounded by highly compacted bentonite. In the present study the corrosion of iron in contact with different bentonites was investigated. The corrosion product was a 1:1 Fe layer silicate already described in literature (sometimes referred to as berthierine). Seven exposition test series (60 °C, 5 months) showed slightly less corrosion for the Na–bentonites compared to the Ca–bentonites. Two independent exposition tests with iron pellets and 38 different bentonites clearly proved the role of the layer charge density of the swelling clay minerals (smectites). Bentonites with high charged smectites are less corrosive than bentonites dominated by low charged ones. The type of counterion is additionally important because it determines the density of the gel and hence the solid/liquid ratio at the contact to the canister. The present study proves that the integrity of the multibarrier-system is seriously affected by the choice of the bentonite buffer encasing the metal canisters in most of the concepts. In some tests the formation of a patina was observed consisting of Fe

  11. Adsorption of cesium and strontium on natrified bentonites

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    The influence of chemical activation-natrification of bentonites on adsorption of Cs and Sr was studied with regards to utilization of bentonites for depositing high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. Bentonite samples from three Slovak deposits in three different grain-size (15, 45 and 250 μm), natural and natrified forms (Na-bentonites); under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, adsorbent and adsorbate concentration have been studied. When comparing the Na-bentonites and their natural analogues, the highest adsorbed Cs and Sr amounts were reached on the natrified samples. After the Sr adsorption a drop in the pH equilibrium value was observed together with the increase of the initial Sr concentration. A disadvantage of the natrified bentonite forms is formation of colloid particles. After 2 h of phase mixing a gentle turbidity was observed as well as formation of a gel-like form. The above findings were confirmed by observing the particle distribution in dry and wet dispersion and centrifugation at two different speeds. Natrification as a technological process of bentonite quality improvement cannot be applied when constructing a long-term repository for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The main problem of natrification is a technological process which leads to a significant pH increase. Alkaline environment in combination with the K presence and increased temperature in the vicinity of radio-active waste can lead to a rapid illitization of smectite and loss of the original adsorption qualities. Moreover, sodium additions are a significant point of uncertainty since it is not possible to state what amount of Na enters the interlayer space and what amount stays in the inter-partition space. (author)

  12. Formation of the Moving Analogy Target with C+ + Language in TV Tracking Equipment

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    2003-01-01

    Moving analogy target is a key component of the performance testing system in TV tracking equipment. A new method is provided to produce the moving analogy target whose motion speed, track, contrast and size can be varied. The video signal transformed by video switching card is used to test the performances of the electronic box of TV tracking equipment. These performances include minimal tracking contrast, minimal size of tracking target, maximal tracking speed and capture time.

  13. Influences of different environmental parameters on the sorption of trivalent metal ions on bentonite: batch sorption, fluorescence, EXAFS and EPR studies.

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    Verma, P K; Pathak, P N; Mohapatra, P K; Godbole, S V; Kadam, R M; Veligzhanin, A A; Zubavichus, Y V; Kalmykov, S N

    2014-04-01

    The presence of long-lived radionuclides in natural aquatic systems is of great environmental concern in view of their possible migration into biospheres of mankind. Trivalent actinides such as (241/243)Am can contribute a great deal to radioactivity for several thousand years. This migration is significantly influenced by various factors such as pH, complexing ions present in aquatic environments, and the sorption of species involving radionuclides by sediments around water bodies. Clay minerals such as bentonite are known to be highly efficient in radionuclide retention and hence are suitable candidates for backfill materials. This study presents experimental results on the interaction of Eu(iii) and Gd(iii) (chemical analogs of Am(iii) and Cm(iii)) with bentonite clay under varying experimental conditions of contact time, pH, and the presence of complexing anions such as humic acid (HA) and citric acid (cit). The sorption of HA on bentonite decreased with increasing the pH from 2 to 8, which was attributed to electrostatic interactions between HA and the bentonite surfaces. The sorption of Eu(iii) on bentonite colloids showed marginal variation with pH (>95%). However, a decrease in Eu(iii) sorption was observed in the presence of HA beyond pH 5 due to the increased aqueous complexation of Eu(iii) with deprotonated HA in the aqueous phase. The complexation of Eu(iii) with citrate ions was studied using Time Resolved Laser induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) to explain the sorption data. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) investigations were carried out to understand the local chemical environment surrounding Eu(iii) and Gd(iii) (EPR probe) sorbed on bentonite under different experimental conditions. Surface complexation modelling shows the predominant formation of ≡XOEu(+2) (silanol) up to pH < 7, and beyond which ≡YOEu(OH)(+) (aluminol) is responsible for the quantitative sorption of Eu(iii) onto

  14. Zeolite Formation and Weathering Processes in Dry Valleys of Antartica: Martian Analogs

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    Gibson, E. K., Jr.; Wentworth, S. J.; McKay, D. S.; Socki, R. A.

    2004-01-01

    Terrestrial weathering processes in cold-desert climates such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica may provide an excellent analog to chemical weathering and diagenesis of soils on Mars. Detailed studies of soil development and the chemical and mineralogical alterations occurring within soil columns in Wright Valley, Antarctica show incredible complexity in the upper meter of soil. Previous workers noted the ice-free Dry Valleys are the best terrestrial approximations to contemporary Mars. Images returned from the Pathfinder and Spirit landers show similarities to surfaces observed within the Dry Valleys. Similarities to Mars that exist in these valleys are: mean temperatures always below freezing (-20 C), no rainfall, sparse snowfall-rapidly removed by sublimation, desiccating winds, diurnal freeze-thaw cycles (even during daylight hours), low humidity, oxidative environment, relatively high solar radiation and low magnetic fields . The Dry Valley soils contain irregular distributions and low abundances of soil microorganisms that are somewhat unusual on Earth. Physical processes-such as sand abrasion-are dominant mechanisms of rock weathering in Antarctica. However, chemical weathering is also an important process even in such extreme climates. For example, ionic migration occurs even in frozen soils along liquid films on individual soil particles. It has also been shown that water with liquid-like properties is present in soils at temperatures on the order of approx.-80 C and it has been observed that the percentage of oxidized iron increases with increasing soil age and enrichments in oxidized iron occurs toward the surface. The presence of evaporates is evident and appear similar to "evaporite sites" within the Pathfinder and Spirit sites. Evaporites indicate ionic migration and chemical activity even in the permanently frozen zone. The presence of evaporates indicates that chemical weathering of rocks and possibly soils has been active. Authogenic zeolites have

  15. Corrosion behavior of carbon steel in wet Na-bentonite medium

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    Corrosion behaviors of carbon steel in wet Na-bentonite medium were studied. Corrosion rate of carbon steel in wet bentonite was measured to be 20 μm/yr at 25 deg C using the AC impedance technique. This value is agreed with that obtained by weight loss at 40 deg C for 1 year. The effect of bicarbonate ion on the corrosion of carbon steel in wet bentonite was also evaluated. The carbon steels in wet bentonite having 0.001, 0.01, and 0.1 M concentration of bicarbonate ion gave corrosion rates of 20, 8, and 0.2 μm/yr, respectively. Corrosion potentials of specimens were also measured and compared with the AC impedance results. Both results indicated that bicarbonate ion could effectively reduce the corrosion rate of carbon steels in bentonite due to the formation of protective layer on the carbon steel. (author)

  16. Use of immobile trace elements for the correlation of Telychian bentonites on Saaremaa Island, Estonia, and mapping of volcanic ash clouds

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    Kiipli, Tarmo

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Thirty suspected altered volcanic ash (bentonite samples from the Nässumaa-825 and Orissaare-859 sections were analysed by the X-ray fluorescence method. Twenty of these samples revealed chemical signs of pure volcanogenic material, one was of mixed terrigenous–volcanogenic origin, and nine were classified as terrigenous claystones. Twenty of the bentonites were correlated, with variable confidence, with bentonites from earlier studied sections; one sample represents a formerly unknown eruption. New and earlier published bentonite correlations were used for tracing the diachronous nature of the Rumba–Velise formations boundary and for composing new isopach schemes of six Telychian bentonites.

  17. Corrosion of high-level radioactive waste iron-canisters in contact with bentonite.

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    Kaufhold, Stephan; Hassel, Achim Walter; Sanders, Daniel; Dohrmann, Reiner

    2015-03-21

    Several countries favor the encapsulation of high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) in iron or steel canisters surrounded by highly compacted bentonite. In the present study the corrosion of iron in contact with different bentonites was investigated. The corrosion product was a 1:1 Fe layer silicate already described in literature (sometimes referred to as berthierine). Seven exposition test series (60 °C, 5 months) showed slightly less corrosion for the Na-bentonites compared to the Ca-bentonites. Two independent exposition tests with iron pellets and 38 different bentonites clearly proved the role of the layer charge density of the swelling clay minerals (smectites). Bentonites with high charged smectites are less corrosive than bentonites dominated by low charged ones. The type of counterion is additionally important because it determines the density of the gel and hence the solid/liquid ratio at the contact to the canister. The present study proves that the integrity of the multibarrier-system is seriously affected by the choice of the bentonite buffer encasing the metal canisters in most of the concepts. In some tests the formation of a patina was observed consisting of Fe-silicate. Up to now it is not clear why and how the patina formed. It, however, may be relevant as a corrosion inhibitor. PMID:25536393

  18. Bentonite in the repository - Manufacture of bentonite blocks. A literature study; Bentonit i slutfoervaret - Tillverkning av bentonitblock. En litteraturstudie

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    Hultgren, Aa. [NFC Konsult, Nykoeping (Sweden)

    1995-09-01

    Activities in nuclear power countries are reviewed, concerning developments in the use of bentonite for backfilling in nuclear waste repositories, in particular regarding manufacture of bentonite-blocks. Only one report was found which in detail describes the manufacture of highly compacted blocks of bentonite. Use of bentonite for sealing boreholes etc in the oil- and gas industry was also covered in the literature study. 19 refs, 3 tabs.

  19. Formation of Amino Acid Precursors by Bombardment of Interstellar Ice Analogs with High Energy Heavy Ions

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    Kobayashi, Kensei; Mita, Hajime; Yoshida, Satoshi; Shibata, Hiromi; Enomoto, Shingo; Matsuda, Tomoyuki; Fukuda, Hitoshi; Kondo, Kotaro; Oguri, Yoshiyuki; Kebukawa, Yoko

    2016-07-01

    A wide variety of organic compounds have been detected in extraterrestrial bodies. It has been recognized that carbonaceous chondrites contain pristine amino acids [1]. There are several scenarios of the formation of such extraterrestrial amino acids or their precursors. Greenberg proposed a scenario that complex organic compounds were formed in interstellar ices in dense clouds, which were brought into solar system small bodies when the solar system was formed [2]. The ice mantles of interstellar dust particles (ISDs) in dense clouds are composed of H2O, CO, CH3OH, CH4, CO2, NH3, etc. In order to verify the scenario, a number of laboratory experiments have been conducted where interstellar ice analogs were irradiated with high-energy particles [3,4] or UV [5,6], and formation of complex organic compounds including amino acid precursors were detected in the products. Though ion-molecular reactions in gaseous phase and surface reactions on the ice mantles have been studied intensively, much less works on cosmic rays-induced reaction have been reported. In order to study possible formation of complex molecules in interstellar ices, frozen mixtures of water, methanol and ammonia with various mixing ratios were irradiated with high-energy heavy ions such as carbon ions (290 MeV/u) and neon ions (400 MeV/u) from HIMAC, NIRS, Japan. For comparison, gaseous mixtures of water, ammonia, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and/or methane were irradiated with protons (2.5 MeV) from a Tandem accelerator, Tokyo Tech, Japan. Amino acids in the products were determined by cation exchange HPLC after acid hydrolysis. Products, both before and after acid hydrolysis, were also characterized by FT-IR and other techniques. Amino acids were detected in the hydrolyzed products after mixture of CH3OH, NH3 and H2O with various mixing ratios were irradiated with heavy ions, including when their mixing ratio was set close to the reported value of the interstellar ices (10:1:37). In the HIMAC

  20. Equilibria in saturated bentonite

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    It has been proposed that smectite clays, the predominant minerals in bentonite, are metastable solid solutions whose compositional heterogeneity prevents strict adherence to fixed ion activities and activity ratios characterizing invariant equilibria among stoichiometric phases. This is analysis of exceptionally well-constrained experimental data using a solid solution model defined by the phase rule and estimated ideal site-mixing are approached among smectite solid solutions and coexist metastably with respect to aSiO2(aq). Irreducible uncertainties are generated in the model by analytical and conceptual deficiencies in understanding compositional variability in smectite. However, their estimated effects on smectite's stability are relatively small, and are comparable to the effects of experimental uncertainty in standard Gibbs energies on the stabilities of stoichiometric minerals. An alternate analysis of the data further confirms that smectite does not behave like a stoichiometric phase. Ion-exchange models for this clay mineral may therefore be thermodynamically ill defined because stoichiometric behavior is assumed implicitly under limiting conditions of fixed sites. Ion exchange is a pragmatic simplification enabling empirical analysis of some experimental data. However, its empirical, rather than thermodynamic, basis should not be overextended to conditions that are beyond an experimentally calibrated range

  1. Cement/bentonite interaction. Results from 16 month laboratory tests

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    The work concerns possible bentonite clay mineral alteration in constructions with bentonite in close contact with cement, and the effect of such changes on bentonite buffer properties. The investigation comprises a 16 months laboratory test series with hydrothermal cell tests, percolation tests and diffusion tests. MX-80 Wyoming bentonite was used in all tests. Two types of artificial cement pore water solutions were used in the percolation and diffusion tests. The swelling pressure and the hydraulic conductivity were measured continuously in the percolation tests. After termination, the clay was analyzed with respect to changes in element distribution, mineralogy and shear strength. The water solutions were analyzed with respect to pH, cations and major anions. The results concerning chemical and mineralogical changes are in summary: Ion exchange in the montmorillonite until equilibrium with cement pore-water ions was reached; Increase in cation exchange capacity; Dissolution of original cristobalite; Increase in quartz content; Minor increase in illite content; Minor formation of chlorite; Formation of CSH(I); Wash away of CSH-gel into surrounding water. A large decrease in swelling pressure and a moderate increase in hydraulic conductivity were recorded in the samples percolated by SULFACEM pore-water solution. The mineralogical alterations only concerned a minor part of the total bentonite mass and the changes in physical properties were therefore most likely due to the replacement of the original charge balancing cation by cement pore-water cations. Comparisons between the current test result and results from 4 month tests indicate that the rates of illite and chlorite formation were reduced during the tests. The presence of zeolites in the clay could not be ensured. However, the discovery of CSH material is important since CSH is expected to precede the formation of zeolites

  2. Multiple scenarios of bentonite alteration

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    Performance assessment for TRU waste repositories has shown that soluble and poorly sorbing nuclides such as I-129 and C-14 dominate the dose. These nuclides are expected to migrate with groundwater flow, hence hydraulic conditions and their evolution with time in the repository are key issues for repository safety. Cementitious material will be used for waste packaging, backfilling and structural material in a TRU waste repository. Bentonite is also expected to be used for some TRU wastes to provide the function of a hydraulic barrier in the disposal system. There is concern that the coexistence of cementitious material and bentonite cause the alteration of smectite due to interaction with hyperalkaline leachates and consequent deleterious perturbation of the function of bentonite as a hydraulic barrier. Many research studies have been performed to identify possible mechanisms of cement-bentonite interaction. However, uncertainties still exist in our understanding of the precise chemical scheme of bentonite alteration in highly alkaline conditions, especially the space and time variation of secondary mineral occurrences. In order to reflect this uncertainty, multiple scenarios of bentonite alteration were developed based on the possible mineralogical changes derived from knowledge of both experiments and observation of natural systems. It was focused that the mineral reaction involving hyperalkaline fluids would thermodynamically depend on the variable chemical condition in bentonite buffer and that kinetics would be important as well as thermodynamic stability in controlling their occurrence, i.e., the kinetic controls may operate to remain metastable minerals over the long term. The mineralogical consequences of the interaction between clays and alkaline fluids are summarized as follows. Clay → C-S-H gel and other solids which can rapidly precipitate. Clay and gel → illite. Clay and gel → metastable zeolite. Clay and gel → metastable zeolite → stable

  3. Evaluation of hydraulic conductivities of bentonite and rock under hyper alkaline and nitrate conditions

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    The chemical conditions of TRU waste repository were estimated as alkaline conditions effected by cementitious materials. And, some TRU wastes include soluble nitrate salt, we have to consider the repository conditions might be high ionic strength condition leaching of nitrate salt. In this study, experimental studies were carried out to evaluate hydraulic conductivities of bentonite and rock under hyper alkaline and nitrate conditions. The followings results were obtained for bentonite. 1) In the immersion experiments of bentonite in hyper alkaline fluids with and without nitrate, the disappearance of montmorillonite of bentonite was observed and CSH formation was found after 30 days. In hyper alkaline fluid with nitrate, minerals at θ=37 nm by XRD was identified. 2) Significant effects of hyper alkaline on hydraulic conductivity of compacted bentonite were not observed. However, hydraulic conductivities of hyper alkaline fluid with nitrate and ion exchanged bentonite increased. In hyper alkaline with nitrate, more higher hydraulic conductivities of exchanged bentonite were measured. The followings results were obtained for rock. 1) In the immersion experiments of crushed tuff in hyper alkaline fluids with and without nitrate, CSH and CASH phases were observed. 2) The hydraulic conductivity of tuff in hyper alkaline fluids decreased gradually. Finally, hyper alkaline flow in tuff stopped after 2 months and hyper alkaline flow with nitrate stopped shorter than without nitrate. In the results of analysis of tuff after experiment, we could identified secondary minerals, but we couldn't find the clogging evidence of pores in tuff by secondary minerals. (author)

  4. Organophilic bentonites based on Argentinean and Brazilian bentonites: part 2: potential evaluation to obtain nanocomposites

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    L. B. Paiva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the preparation of composites of polypropylene and organophilic bentonites based on Brazilian and Argentinean bentonites. During the processing of the samples in a twin screw microextruder, torque and pressures of the extruder were accompanied and the viscosity values were calculated. No significant changes in the torque, pressure and viscosity were found for composites prepared with different bentonites. The samples were characterized by XRD and TEM to evaluate the structure and dispersion of the organophilic bentonites. Composites with exfoliated, partially exfoliated and intercalated structures were obtained and correlations between the intrinsic properties of the sodium clays and organophilic bentonites and their influence on the composites were studied. The cation exchange capacity of the sodium bentonites and the swelling capacity of the organophilic bentonites were the most important properties to obtain exfoliated structures in composites. All bentonites showed the potential to obtain polymer nanocomposites, but the ones from Argentina displayed the best results.

  5. Pharmacokinetics of Intranasal Scopolamine Gel Formation During Antiorthostatic Bedrest - A Microgravity Analog

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    Lakshmi, Putcha; Singh, R. P.; Crady, V. A.; Derendorf, H.

    2011-01-01

    Space Motion sickness (SMS) is an age old problem for astronauts on both short and long duration space flights. Scopolamine (SCOP) is the most frequently used drug for the treatment of motion sickness (MS) which is currently available in transdermal patch and tablet dosage forms. These formulations of SCOP are ineffective for the treatment of SMS. Intranasal dosage forms are noninvasive with rapid absorption and enhanced bioavailability thus allowing precise and reduced dosing options in addition to offering rescue and treatment options. As such, an intranasal gel dosage formulation of scopolamine (INSCOP) was developed and Pharmacokinetics (PK) and bioavailability were determined under IND guidelines. The present clinical trial compares PK and bioavailability of INSCOP in 12 normal, healthy subjects (6 male/ 6 female) during ambulation (AMB) and antiorthostatic bedrest (ABR) used as a ground-based microgravity analog. Subjects received 0.2 and 0.4 mg doses of INSCOP during AMB and ABR in a four-way crossover design. Results indicated no difference between AMB and ABR in PK parameters after 0.2 mg dose. Clearance (Cls) decreased with a concomitant increase in maximum concentration and area under concentration versus time curve (AUC) during ABR after the 0.4 mg dose. This difference in AUC and Cls at the higher but not the lower dose during ABR may suggest that ABR may affect metabolism and/or clearance at higher doses of INSCOP. These results indicate that dosing adjustment may be required for treatment of SMS with INSCOP in space.

  6. Pore water chemistry of Rokle Bentonite (Czech Republic)

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. With inflowing the groundwater to Deep Geological Repository (DGR), the interaction of this water with engineering barrier materials will alter both, barrier materials and also the groundwater. One of the most important alterations represents the formation of bentonite pore water that will affect a number of important processes, e.g. corrosion of waste package materials, solubility of radionuclides, diffusion and sorption of radionuclides. The composition of bentonite pore water is influenced primarily by the composition of solid phase (bentonite), liquid phase (inflowing groundwater), the gaseous phase (partial pressure of CO2), bentonite compaction and the rate of groundwater species diffusion through bentonite. Also following processes have to be taken into account: dissolution of admixtures present in the bentonite (particularly well soluble salts, e.g. KCl, NaCl, gypsum), ion exchange process and protonation and deprotonation of surface hydroxyl groups on clay minerals. Long-term stability of mineral phases and possible mineral transformation should not be neglected as well. In the Czech Republic, DGR concept takes local bentonite into account as material for both buffer and backfill. The candidate bentonite comes from the Rokle deposit (NW Bohemia) and represents complex mixture of (Ca,Mg)-Fe-rich montmorillonite, micas, kaolinite and other mineral admixtures (mainly Ca, Mg, Fe carbonates, feldspars and iron oxides). The mineralogical and chemical characteristics were published previously. This bentonite is different in composition and properties from worldwide studied Na-bentonite (e.g. MX-80, Volclay) or Na-Ca bentonite (e.g. Febex). This fact leads to the need of investigation of Rokle bentonite in greater detail to verify its suitability as a buffer and backfill in DGR. Presented task is focused on the study of pore water evolution. Our approach for this study consists in modeling the pore water using

  7. Bentonite in the repository - Manufacture of bentonite blocks. A literature study

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    Activities in nuclear power countries are reviewed, concerning developments in the use of bentonite for backfilling in nuclear waste repositories, in particular regarding manufacture of bentonite-blocks. Only one report was found which in detail describes the manufacture of highly compacted blocks of bentonite. Use of bentonite for sealing boreholes etc in the oil- and gas industry was also covered in the literature study. 19 refs, 3 tabs

  8. Measurements of Polyatomic Molecule Formation on an Icy Grain Analog Using Fast Atoms

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    Chutjian, A.; Madsunkov, S.; Shortt, B. J.; MacAskill, J. A.; Darrach, M. R.

    2006-01-01

    Carbon dioxide has been produced from the impact of a monoenergetic O(P-3) beam upon a surface cooled to 4.8 K and covered with a CO ice. Using temperature-programmed desorption and mass spectrometer detection, we have detected increasing amounts of CO2 formation with O(P-3) energies of 2, 5, 10, and 14 eV. This is the first measurement of polyatomic molecule formation on a surface with superthermal atoms. The goal of this work is to detect other polyatomic species, such as CH3OH, which can be formed under conditions that simulate the grain temperature, surface coverage, and superthermal atoms present in shock-heated circumstellar and interstellar regions.

  9. Pertechnetate diffusion in GMZ bentonite

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    99Tc is an important radionuclides related to repository safety assessment. The mobility pertechnetate (TcO4-) can be reduced to immobility technetium(IV) hydrous oxides (TcO2 · nH2O) by Fe(II)-bearing minerals. In China, Gaomiaozi (GMZ) bentonite is regarded as the favorable candidate backfilling material for the HLW repository, which is contained some FeO. The diffusion behavior of 99Tc was investigated in GMZ bentonite by through- and out-diffusion methods. The effective diffusion coefficient (De), the accessible porosity (εacc), apparent diffusion coefficient (Da) and distribution coefficient (Kd) were decreased with the increasing of dry density. The De values were (2.8 ± 0.2) x 10-11 m2/s and (3.5 ± 0.2) x 10-12 m2/s at dry density of 1,600 and 1,800 kg/m3, respectively. It was indicated that the dominating species was TcO4- during the diffusion processing. While, out-diffusion results showed that part of TcO4- may be reduced by Fe(II). The relationship of De and εacc could be described by Archie's law with exponent n = 2.4 for 99Tc diffusion in GMZ bentonite. Furthermore, the relationship between Da and dry density (ρ) was exponential. (author)

  10. Secondary mineral formation and porosity changes in the proximity of a natural cement analog (Maqarin, Jordan)

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    The concept for the geological disposal of nuclear waste during several 105 years includes multi-barrier systems, containing large amounts of cement based materials. The understanding of the impact on the host rock of a high pH plume emanating from cement is critical for the assessment of long-term transport and mechanical properties. Long term multi-barrier behavior predictions are approached by reactive transport models (e.g. Steefel and Lichtner, 1998; Shao et al., 2013). The selection of boundary conditions for these models benefits greatly from the study of natural analogues and provides long term constraints. Such a natural cement analogue occurs at Maqarin (Jordan) at the Al-Wheda Dam. By in-situ combustion of organic matter within the marl, thermal metamorphism has produced calcinate lime and various cement clinker phases (Milodowski et al., 1998). By the interaction of infiltrating ground water with clinker phases, a portlandite buffered alkaline plume was released, from which cementitious hydrates such as ettringite, thaumasite and C-S-H phases precipitated. In this study, 3 rock samples with different degrees of reaction with the alkaline plume were investigated by SEM imaging and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The results show the sequence of mineral formation of the cementitious hydrates and how pores and fractures are filled. In the zone of high pH interaction, we observe the filling of the pores of the bio-micrite by C-(A-)S-H, as a consequence of the infiltration of a calcium-silica-(alumina)-rich fluid circulating in fractures. However, porosity profiles indicated that the rock adjacent to the fractures got tightly sealed whereas in the veins a certain degree of porosity was preserved. Later sulfate-rich pulses lead to ettringite formation. (authors)

  11. Analysis of colloids erosion from the bentonite barrier of a high level radioactive waste repository and implications in safety assessment

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    To investigate the dominant mechanisms of colloid formation from compacted and confined bentonite innovative experiments were conducted. Chemical or physical processes that can affect the erosion of the bentonite surface were analyzed (ionic strength of the water, Ca in the water and in the exchange complex of the clay, dry density of the clay and presence of a water flow rate at the bentonite surface).Hydration, swelling and extrusion of clay into pores or fractures are primary steps for the formation of free colloidal particles in the aqueous phase, and the chemistry of the clay/water system is the most important parameter controlling the generation and stability of colloids. Ca-bentonite formed colloids quantities below the detection limit of our techniques, even in deionised water, but a percentage of Na approximately 20-30% in the clay exchange complex, as that present in the FEBEX bentonite, is enough to allow the formation of colloidal particles in quantities very similar to those produced by the Na-bentonite. The results for bentonite colloid generation obtained at a laboratory scale allowed the estimation of a range of colloid generation rates under different chemical conditions. Results were compared with in situ experimental investigations carried out at the FEBEX gallery emplaced in a granite massif at the Grimsel Test Site (Switzerland). The quantitative analysis of laboratory and in situ data can be used as input for models and performance assessment (PA) of high level radioactive waste (HLRW) repositories. (authors)

  12. Farnesylpyridinium, an analog of isoprenoid farnesol, induces apoptosis but suppresses apoptotic body formation in human promyelocytic leukemia cells.

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    Hamada, Masahiro; Nishio, Kyo-ichi; Doe, Matsumi; Usuki, Yoshinosuke; Tanaka, Toshio

    2002-03-13

    1-Farnesylpyridinium (FPy), an analog of isoprenoid farnesol, initially induced morphological changes similar to those of typical apoptosis in human leukemia HL-60 cells but FPy-treated cells were characterized by the absolute absence of final apoptotic events such as fragmentation into apoptotic bodies. FPy-induced cell death was considered to be apoptotic on the basis of the induction of DNA fragmentation and the protection against these events by the coaddition of a pan-caspase inhibitor. The increase in the cytoplasmic cytochrome c level supported the possibility that FPy-treated cells should have the ability to complete the entire apoptotic process ending in cell fragmentation and apoptotic body formation. At concentrations too low to induce apoptosis, FPy could suppress the induction of apoptotic body formation in HL-60 cells by typical inducers of apoptosis such as actinomycin D or anisomycin. FPy exhibited a cytochalasin-like effect on spatial arrangement of actin filament independent of its apoptosis-inducing activity. PMID:11943160

  13. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ice Analogs

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Nuevo, Michel; Materese, Christopher K.

    2014-01-01

    Nucleobases are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA. They consist of Nheterocycles that belong to either the pyrimidine-base group (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) or the purinebase group (adenine and guanine). Several nucleobases, mostly purine bases, have been detected in meteorites [1-3], with isotopic signatures consistent with an extraterrestrial origin [4]. Uracil is the only pyrimidine-base compound formally reported in meteorites [2], though the presence of cytosine cannot be ruled out [5,6]. However, the actual process by which the uracil was made and the reasons for the non-detection of thymine in meteorites have yet to be fully explained. Although no N-heterocycles have ever been observed in the ISM [7,8], the positions of the 6.2-µm interstellar emission features suggest a population of such molecules is likely to be present [9]. In this work we study the formation of pyrimidine-based molecules, including the three nucleobases uracil, cytosine, and thymine from the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in ices consisting of several combinations of H(sub2)O, NH(sub3), CH(sub3)OH, and CH(sub4) at low temperature, in order to simulate the astrophysical conditions under which prebiotic species may be formed in the interstellar medium, in the protosolar nebula, and on icy bodies of the Solar System.

  14. The bentonite industry in North America

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    The Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program is studying a concept for the disposal of nuclear fuel waste at a depth of 500 to 1000 m below the surface in stable crystalline rock of the Canadian Shield. The waste containers would be surrounded by a clay-based buffer material, composed of equal proportions of bentonite clay and silica sand. In the reference disposal concept, some 1.9 x 105 Mg of used fuel would be emplaced. This would require 2.5 x 106 Mg of bentonite. A review of the bentonite industry in North America was carried out to establish the availability of sufficient high-quality material. There are proven reserves of sodium bentonite clay in excess of 1.5 x 108 Mg, and vast supplies are known to exist but not yet proven. The Canadian conceptual disposal vault would require 6 x 104 Mg of sodium bentonite each year for 40 years. The bentonite industry of North America has an installed annual production capacity of 2 x 107 Mg. A disposal vault would therefore require approximately 2% of the industry capacity. A number of commercial products have been screened for potential suitability for use as a component of the buffer. Ten currently marketed bentonite products have been identified as meeting the initial quality standards for the buffer, and two non-commercial bentonites have been identified as having the potential for use in a disposal vault. (Author) (14 figs., 7 tabs., 18 refs.)

  15. Chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposites: morphology and mechanical behavior; Bionanocompositos quitosana/bentonita: morfologia e comportamento mecanico

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    Braga, C.R.C.; Melo, F.M.A. de [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Vitorino, I.F. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Fook, M.V.L.; Silva, S.M.L., E-mail: suedina@dema.ufcg.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais

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    This study chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposite films were prepared by solution intercalation process, seeking to investigate the effect of the chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 e 10/1) on the morphology and mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposites. It was used as nanophase, Argel sodium bentonite (AN), was provided by Bentonit Uniao Nordeste-BUN (Campina Grande, Brazil) and as biopolymer matrix the chitosan of low molecular weight and degree of deacetylation of 86,7% was supplied by Polymar (Fortaleza, Brazil). The bionanocomposites was investigated by X-ray diffraction and tensile properties. According to the results, the morphology and the mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposite was affected by the ratio of chitosan/bentonite. The chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 and 10/1) indicated the formation of an intercalated nanostructure and of the predominantly exfoliated nanostructure, respectively. And the considerable increases in the resistance to the traction were observed mainly for the bionanocomposite with predominantly exfoliated morphology. (author)

  16. Anti-fouling effect of bentonite suspension in ultrafiltration of oil/water emulsion.

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    Panpanit, S; Visvanathan, C; Muttamara, S

    2002-03-01

    The effect on membrane fouling resistance during ultrafilration of oil/water emulsion with the presence of bentonite suspension is experimentally evaluated. The fouling resistance was analyzed as a function of different membrane types and bentonite concentration. The total membrane fouling was categorized into reversible and irreversible, by adopting an appropriate chemical cleaning technique. The results revealed a 40% flux augmentation with the increase of bentonite concentration up to an optimum value of 300 mg l(-1) for cellulose acetate membrane. Further increase of bentonite concentration led to particle deposition on the membrane surface and reduced the flux. The polysulfone membrane did not show a similar flux improvement. This could be due to its high hydrophobicity. The absorption of oil/water emulsion on bentonite increased TOC removal rate from 65% to 80%, and this effect was the major cause of reduction in gel layer formation on the membrane surface. The extent of irreversible fouling of the hydrophilic cellulose acetate membrane was much smaller than that of the polysulfone membrane. These experiments demonstrated that, presence of bentonite could induce transformation of irreversible fouling caused by oil emulsion to reversible fouling, which could be periodically chemically cleaned. PMID:11999987

  17. Thermal stability of the thermoluminescence trap structure of bentonite

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    This work reports about the thermal stability of the blue thermoluminescence (TL) of a well-characterised natural bentonite from Almeria (Spain). The main interest of this clay, mainly composed of montmorillonite, is because of its application in the field of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) repository in deep-lying rocks. As observed in other aluminosilicates, bentonite exhibits a very complex structure of the emission spectra based on a wide broad maximum peaked at ∼265 deg. C that can be associated to physico-chemical processes such as dehydroxylation processes, consecutive breaking linking of bonds, formation of hydrolysed ions and redox reactions. The thermal stability tests performed at different temperatures confirm a continuum in the distribution of traps. Hence, the glow curve analysis methods commonly used for synthetic materials based on single discrete traps cannot be applied for this material and the kinetic parameters were fitted assuming an exponential distribution of trapped electrons. (authors)

  18. Properties of Bentonite Enhanced Loess and Laterite

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    刘阳生; 白庆中; 聂永丰

    2004-01-01

    Loess and laterite distributed widely in the northern and southern China cannot be directly used as the natural barrier to isolate the solid waste because of their high hydraulic conductivity. In this paper, they are enhanced by bentonite to improve their hydraulic performance. The impact of bentonite content and water content on compressive strength of the compacted soil was investigated. The effects of bentonite content, water content, dry density and hydraulic gradient on the hydraulic conductivity were studied in detail. For the laterite and the laterite with 8% of bentonite, the experimental results of hydraulic conductivity can be applied in the engineering design. However, for the loess and the bentonite enhanced loess, those of hydraulic conductivity can not be directly applied in the engineering design because their hydraulic performance does not comply with the Darcy's law. These experimental results have to be carefully modified before application.

  19. Bentonite mat demonstration. Final report

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    Serrato, M.G.

    1994-12-30

    The Bentonite Mat Demonstration was developed to provide the Environmental Restoration Department with field performance characteristics and engineering data for an alternative closure cover system configuration. The demonstration was initiated in response to regulatory concerns regarding the use of an alternative cover system for future design configurations. These design considerations are in lieu of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommended Design for Closure Cover Systems and specifically a single compacted kaolin clay layer with a hydraulic conductivity of 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}7} cm/sec. This alternative configuration is a composite geosynthetic material hydraulic barrier consisting from bottom to top: 2 ft compacted sandy clay layer (typical local Savannah River Site soil type) that is covered by a bentonite mat--geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) and is overlaid by a 40 mil High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane--flexible membrane liner. This effort was undertaken to obtain and document the necessary field performance/engineering data for future designs and meet regulatory technical requirements for an alternative cover system configuration. The composite geosynthetic materials hydraulic barrier is the recommended alternative cover system configuration for containment of hazardous and low level radiological waste layers that have a high potential of subsidence to be used at the Savannah River Site (SRS). This alternative configuration mitigates subsidence effects in providing a flexible, lightweight cover system to maintain the integrity of the closure. The composite geosynthetic materials hydraulic barrier is recommended for the Sanitary Landfill and Low Level Radiological Waste Disposal Facility (LLRWDF) Closures.

  20. Assessment Criteria of Bentonite Binding Properties

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The criteria, with which one should be guided at the assessment of the binding properties of bentonites used for moulding sands, areproposed in the paper. Apart from the standard parameter which is the active bentonite content, the unrestrained growth indicator should be taken into account since it seems to be more adequate in the estimation of the sand compression strength. The investigations performed for three kinds of bentonites, applied in the Polish foundry plants, subjected to a high temperature influences indicate, that the pathway of changes of the unrestrained growth indicator is very similar to the pathway of changes of the sand compression strength. Instead, the character of changes of the montmorillonite content in the sand in dependence of the temperature is quite different. The sand exhibits the significant active bentonite content, and the sand compression strength decreases rapidly. The montmorillonite content in bentonite samples was determined by the modern copper complex method of triethylenetetraamine (Cu(II-TET. Tests were performed for bentonites and for sands with those bentonites subjected to high temperatures influences in a range: 100-700ºC.

  1. Effectiveness of fracture sealing with bentonite grouting

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    Bentonite is known to have an extremely low permeability and a self-healing ability. It has therefore been selected as a major sealing component in several repository concepts. Bentonite grouts have the following advantages, (1) small particle size, can be injected into small fractures or voids, (2) suitable water absorption properties, can produce gels at low concentrations, and (3) stable physical and chemical properties, may have considerable longevity. Bentonite fracture grouting tests are performed on a model made of circular acrylic plates with outer diameter of 30 cm and central injection hole of 2.5 cm diameter. Suspension with bentonite concentration of 15% to 31% have been injected into fractures with apertures of 9 to 90 microns under injection pressures less than 0.6 MPa. Grouting reduces the hydraulic conductivities of the fractures from the 10-1 to the 10-5 cm/s level. When the suspension is thin enough and the fracture is very small, channeling develops in the grouted fractures. Preliminary results indicate that the permeability of a grouted fracture does not increase with time in more than 125 days. The flow properties of bentonite suspensions, viscosity, shear stress, yield stress and gelation, are investigated. Water flow through ungrouted fractures and movement of water in bentonite grout are studies. The physical stability or bleeding capacity of bentonite suspensions is determined. 122 refs., 56 figs., 10 tabs

  2. Ancient and Modern Salars of the Atacama Desert, Chile: A Terrestrial Analog for Evaporite Formation on Mars

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    Jungers, M. C.; Amundson, R.; Heimsath, A. M.; Christensen, P. R.; Edwards, C. S.

    2010-12-01

    The hyperarid (Atacama Desert of northern Chile is a widely accepted terrestrial analog for the surface of Mars. Sulfate and chloride deposits are present in uncommonly high abundances throughout the Atacama. The formation and preservation of these evaporite deposits are a direct result of the arid-hyperarid climate of the region from the Triassic to the present. Mars, too, is known for a long history of aridity. Remotely sensed data from THEMIS, TES, and analyses conducted during Mars landing missions have revealed the presence of sulfate and chloride deposits covering some portions of Mars’ surface. We synthesize remotely sensed (ASTER) data from the Atacama with field observations and sample analyses by laboratory thermal spectroscopy and portable XRF to inform how best to interpret signatures of sulfate and chloride deposits on Mars. We focus on two salars, one ancient (Salar de Llamara) and one modern (Salar de Atacama), to better understand how evaporites’ spectral and geochemical signatures may evolve through time. The oldest deposits of the Salar de Llamara are Miocene in age, while the Salar de Atacama continues to develop today. Compositionally, both salars’ surfaces are dominated by sulfate (gypsum and anhydrite) and chloride (halite) deposits. We selected sample sites according to compositional boundaries inferred from decorrelation stretches of thermal infrared (TIR) ASTER bands supplemented by previous field reconnaissance. We collected surface samples along transects from the core of the salars to their shorelines, intersecting zones ranging from predominantly sulfate or chloride to near equal mixtures of each composition. This transect approach to sampling allowed us to collect samples that incorporated a range of both geochemical compositions and processes fundamental to the spatial and temporal evolution of evaporite deposits. Preliminary results show promise in refining our ability to identify sulfates and chlorides using lab spectra, and

  3. Quality assurance of the bentonite material

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    This report describes a quality assurance chain for the bentonite material acquisition for a nuclear waste disposal repository. Chemical, mineralogical and geotechnical methods, which may be applied in quality control of bentonite are shortly reviewed. As a case study, many of the presented control studies were performed for six different bentonite samples. Chemical analysis is a very reliable research method to control material homogeneity, because the accuracy and repeatability of the study method is extremely good. Accurate mineralogical study of bentonite is a complicated task. X-ray diffractometry is the best method to identify smectite minerals, but quantitative analysis of smectite content remains uncertain. To obtain a better quantitative analysis, development of techniques based on automatic image analysis of SEM images is proposed. General characteristics of bentonite can be obtained by rapid indicator tests, which can be done on the place of reception. These tests are methylene blue test giving information on the cation exchange capacity, swelling index and determination of water absorption. Different methods were used in the determination of cation exchange capacity (CEC) of bentonite. The results indicated differences both between methodologies and between replicate determinations for the same material and method. Additional work should be done to improve the reliability and reproducibility of the methodology. Bentonite contains water in different modes. Thus, different determination methods are used in bentonite studies and they give somewhat dissimilar results. Clay research use frequently the so-called consistency tests (liquid limit, plastic limit and plasticity index). This study method does, however, not seem to be very practical in quality control of bentonite. Therefore, only the determination of liquid limit with fall-cone method is recommended for quality control. (orig.)

  4. Generation and stability of bentonite colloids at the bentonite/granite interface of a deep geological radioactive waste repository

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    Missana, Tiziana; Alonso, Úrsula; Turrero, Maria Jesús

    2003-03-01

    The possible mechanisms of colloid generation at the near field/far field interface of a radioactive repository have been investigated by means of novel column experiments simulating the granite/bentonite boundary, both in dynamic and in quasi-static water flow conditions. It has been shown that solid particles and colloids can be detached from the bulk and mobilised by the water flow. The higher the flow rate, the higher the concentration of particles found in the water, according to an erosion process. However, the gel formation and the intrinsic tactoid structure of the clay play an important role in the submicron particle generation even in the compacted clay and in a confined system. In fact, once a bentonite gel is formed, in the regions where the clay is contacted with water, clay colloids can be formed even in quasi-static flow conditions. The potential relevance of these colloids in radionuclide transport has been studied by evaluating their stability in different chemical environments. The coagulation kinetics of natural bentonite colloids was experimentally studied as a function of the ionic strength and pH, by means of time-resolved light scattering techniques. It has been shown that these colloids are very stable in low saline (˜1×10 -3 M) and alkaline (pH≥8) waters.

  5. Mineral alteration in a 4.5 years concrete-bentonite interface

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    clay water, representative of a Spanish clayey formation. Its composition is mainly 0.2 M Na-Mg sulphate at pH 7.5. Each of the bentonite zones were used to analyze soluble elements in 1:8 aqueous extract solutions. Mineralogy was studied by FTIR spectra and XRD. A vertical section of the concrete-bentonite interface was used to analyze profiles of the chemical composition along the column axis as measured by SEM-EDX. BET specific surface area, measured by N2 adsorption, at the interface is almost identical to the original FEBEX bentonite (61 ± 2 m2/g), but it decreases to 2/g close to the heater, which is related to thermal drying phenomena. Soluble salts concentrate as a function of time towards the heater zone. Cl- and Na+ became more concentrated compared to SO42- and other cations. The behaviour of exchangeable cations is affected both by exchange reactions and dissolution/precipitation processes. Ca and Na increased in the bentonite-concrete interface with time. The uptake of Ca is favoured by the dissolution of the cement matrix and the increase of Na is consistent with its prevalence in the percolating pore water. However, magnesium, decreases at the interface zone and increases near the heater. The change in the distribution of exchangeable cations does not affect the total cation exchange capacity of the interface area. Mineralogy was investigated by means of sampling at different levels. The precipitates at the hydration source are composed of brucite and aragonite, which indicated that carbonates and magnesium precipitated at the hydration-concrete interface. FTIR spectra of the concrete matrix show a generalized carbonation of the matrix, indicated by the presence of calcite bands. Ettringite was observed precipitated at cement vesicles, which suggested that also sulphates determined in pore water have been retained in the concrete disc. Crusts at the concrete/bentonite interface are composed of carbonates mixed with calcium (aluminate) silicate hydrates

  6. Gas migration through bentonite clay

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    Hydrogen gas produced by irradiation of pore water in the highly compacted bentonite that surrounds the copper canisters according to the KBS 2 and 3 concepts, may escape from the clay/copper interface if the gas pressure is higher than the groundwater pressure. A reasonable physical model predicts that gas may penetrate wider capillary passages that actually exist in the very dense clay, although these passages are still of microscopic size. In the large majority of the clay voids, the capillary action is sufficient, however, to resist gas penetration, and this suggests that a possible mechanism of gas migration is that of a finger-like pattern of tortuous gas passages extending from the canisters if radiolysis takes place at all. Two series of experiments have been run at gas pressures up to about 10 MPa. Nitrogen as well as hydrogen were used in these tests which seem to confirm, in principle, the validity of the physical model. (authors)

  7. Results of bentonite grouting experiment

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    The Bentonite grouting, which will not solidify, is mainly expected to reduce the hydraulic conductivity of underground water in the expected damage zone by filling the fractures or cracks, so the evaluation of the degree of hydraulic conductivity, stability and the improvement area becomes important. The study and basic experiments for sealing of the adits have been promoted, up to now, from the aspects of the characteristics and long term stability of candidate materials, and design and construction (Pusch et al., 1987; Tanai and Masuda, 1991). However, in Japan, the application examples of clay type materials for grouting are extremely few and is limited to the construction experience of the national oil underground storage at Kuji (Miyanaga and Ebara, 1993), with the exception of some test cases (Boergesson et al., 1991) from overseas. This report summarize basic characteristics of the clay type material relevant to the hydraulic conductivity, from the result of the clay grouting experiment conducted at the rock site. (author)

  8. Na + and HTO diffusion in compacted bentonite: Effect of surface chemistry and related texture

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    Melkior, T.; Gaucher, E. C.; Brouard, C.; Yahiaoui, S.; Thoby, D.; Clinard, Ch.; Ferrage, E.; Guyonnet, D.; Tournassat, C.; Coelho, D.

    2009-05-01

    SummaryIn underground repository concepts for radioactive waste, bentonite is studied as a reference swelling material to be used as an engineered barrier. Under the changing geochemical conditions prevailing within the barrier (saturation with the fluid coming from the host formation, diffusion of various chemical plumes caused by the degradation of some constituents of the barrier-system, etc.), the surface chemistry of the clay particles could evolve. This work aims to characterize the effects of these changes on (i) the microstructure of compacted bentonite samples and (ii) the diffusion properties of HTO and Na in these samples. For this purpose, bentonite sets were equilibrated with different solutions: NaCl, CaCl 2, CsCl solutions as well as an artificial clayey porewater solution. The microstructure of the different samples was characterized by HRTEM and XRD, in a water saturated state. In parallel, effective diffusion coefficients of both HTO and 22Na were measured for the different samples. The density of the bentonite in the diffusion tests and in the HRTEM observations was set at 1.6 Mg m -3. From the microstructural observations and the results of diffusion tests, it is deduced that one key parameter is the occurrence of a gel phase in the material, which is found to depend strongly on the bentonite set: the gel phase dominates in Na-bentonite, while it is lacking in Cs-bentonite. The HTO diffusion coefficients are found to be lower in the samples with high gel phase content. Sodium diffusion does not follow the same trend: when compared with HTO, Na diffuses faster when the gel phase content is high. The latter result could indicate that the "accelerated diffusion mechanism" of cations, already mentioned in the literature, is enhanced in clayey materials that contain a gel phase.

  9. Effect of bentonites on fluorometric selenium determination

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    Bentonites in feeds cause error in the analysis for Se by the AOAC (3.097-3.101) fluorometric method for Se in plants. The error apparently results from the binding of the piazselenol by insoluble residue from the bentonite. This effect is avoided by diluting digests to volume after reduction with HCl, centrifuging or allowing to stand, and analyzing a portion of the clear supernatant liquid. Insoluble residues present after digestion of plant materials do not appear to cause a similar error

  10. Thermal cycling: impact on bentonite permeability

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    Zihms, S.G.; Harrington, J. F.

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    Due to its favourable properties, in particular, low permeability and swelling capacity, bentonite has been favoured as an engineered-barrier and backfill material for the geological storage of radioactive waste. To ensure its safe long-term performance it is important to understand any changes in these properties when the material is subject to heat-emitting waste. As such, this study investigates the hydraulic response of bentonite under multi-step thermal loading subject to a constant-volu...

  11. Diffusion of humic colloids in compacted bentonite

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    In Sweden, as in many other countries, compacted bentonite will surround the encapsulated spent nuclear fuel in a deep bedrock repository. Bentonite gives mechanical support and minimizes the water flow over the deposition holes. The retardation for cationic radionuclides escaping a faulted canister is high in saturated compacted bentonite, since cationic radionuclides sorbs strongly on the bentonite surface, and the only plausible transport mechanism is diffusion. Sorption and diffusion of radionuclides in the bentonite barrier has been extensively studied, and sorption and diffusion coefficients are well established. There is a lack of knowledge as well as data for effects of colloids on radionuclide mobility and transport in the bentonite barrier. In a deep bedrock repository, colloids, particles in the size range of 1-1000 nm, will be present, however in very low concentrations. The colloids origin from eroded bedrock and filling material, mineral oxides, clay, degraded organic compounds and micro-organisms etc. The bentonite barrier is regarded to be an efficient filtering barrier for colloids. With the widely spread micro-structure with pores in between the montmorillonite flakes in the size range of nm, and the inter particle voids partly gel filled of sizes, colloid transport seems unlikely. In a Japanese diffusion study on gold colloids no breakthrough of the colloids was detected. However, to reject the possibility of enhancement of transport of radionuclides by colloids, more data from diffusion studies on other types of colloids in compacted bentonite are needed. Therefore diffusion experiments of Humic Colloids (HC), in the size range of 1-10 nm, were performed. (author)

  12. Removal of oil from water by bentonite

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    Many materials, included activated carbon, peat, coal, fiberglass, polypropylene, organoclay and bentonite have been used for removing oils and grease from water. However, bentonite has been used only rarely for this purpose. In this study Na-bentonite was used to remove oil from oil-in-water emulsions of various kinds such as standard mineral oil, cutting oils, refinery effluent and produced water from production wells at Estevan, Saskatchewan. Removal efficiencies obtained were 85 to 96 per cent for cutting oils, 84 to 86 per cent for produced water and 54 to 87 per cent for refinery effluent. Bentonite proved to be more effective in the removal of oil from oil-in-water emulsions than from actual waste waters; up to 96 percent from oil-in-water emulsions to only 87 per cent from actual waste water. The percentage of oil removed was found to be a function of the amount of bentonite added and the adsorption time up to the equilibrium time. Result also showed that the Langmuir, Freundlich and BET isotherms are well suited to describe the adsorption of oil by bentonite from the various oily waters employed in this study. 15 refs

  13. Swelling deformation characteristics of Gaomiaozi bentonite-sand mixture inundated in water

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    A bentonite from Gaomiaozi, Xinghe County, Inner Mongolia, has been regarded as the first choice for using as buffer/backfill materials in the high-level waste geological disposal in China. In this paper, one-dimensional swelling deformation tests, collapse tests and swelling pressure tests due to wetting were carried out on Gaomiaozi sodium bentonite by using oedometer, for analyzing the swelling and collapse deformation characteristics of mixtures of bentonite and quartz sand in different sand additions. Based on the concept of the montmorillonite void ratio, the de- formation characteristics of bentonite-sand mixtures at saturation were consistently identified. Test results indicated that when the content of sand in the mixture is small, the relationship between the montmorillonite void ratio and vertical pressure at saturation is a straight line in the log scales. For different kinds of bentonites, the relationship is different; Test results of the mixture with high sand fractions were analyzed by using the sand skeleton void ratio, which can predict whether the sand skeleton forms and the vertical pressure when the sand skeleton begins to form. (authors)

  14. Diffusion of organic colloids in compacted bentonite. The influence of ionic strength on molecular size and transport capacity of the colloids

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    Diffusion of radionuclides in compacted bentonite can be affected by inorganic and organic colloids if the radionuclides form complexes with the colloids. Formation and mobility of the colloid-radionuclide complexes will be governed by the properties of the colloids as well as the competition between complexation and sorption of the radionuclides on bentonite. This report presents the results of experiments with organic colloids humic acid (HA) and lignosulfonate (LS). The aim of the experiments has been to describe the HA and LS properties: size distribution, acidity, sorption on bentonite, diffusivity in compacted bentonite, complexation with strontium, and diffusion of strontium in bentonite in the presence of HA. This study indicates that the diffusion of cationic radionuclides like Sr2+ is not affected by the presence of HA in high ionic strength solution. In 0.1 M NaClO4 solution, HA is most probably not available for complexation due to coiling and shielding of the negative sites

  15. Analysis of X-ray micro-CT images observed with compacted bentonite

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    In this study, a method of statistical analyses was developed and applied to the data sets of images observed with a micro focus X-ray computed tomograph for compacted bentonite, which is a candidate of buffer material for geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. The bentonite sample used in this study has the grain size around 100 microns under dry state, but less than the size under water-saturated state due to the gel formation of the sample. Statistical information of bentonite grains (i.e. the sizes and the shapes of the grains) before and after water-saturation was analyzed with a boundary determination algorithm developed in this study. Since the images obtained with micro CT apparatus contain ring-shaped artifacts and noise with higher intensity than that of signal, a radial averaging technique and a Gaussian filter were applied to the images before the analysis. (author)

  16. Preparation of Bentonite Supported Nano Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts by Electrostatic Self-assembly Method

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    WANG Cheng; SHI Huisheng; LI Yan

    2012-01-01

    Electrostatic self-assembly method (ESAM) was used to prepare bentonite supported-nano titanium dioxide photocatalysts.The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).Methyl orange was used to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the materials.The effects of the calcination temperature and silane dosage on the photocatalytic activity of the samples were investigated.The experimental results show that the bentonite facilitates the formation of anatase and restrains the transformation of anatase to rutile.Part of nano-size TiO2 particles insert into the galleries of bentonite.The photocatalysts exhibit a synergistic effect of adsorption and photocatalysis on methyl orange.Photocatalysts prepared by ESAM method exhibit higher photocatalytic activity and better recycle ability than those of the traditional method.

  17. Exchangeability of bentonite buffer and backfill materials

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    Clay-based buffer and tunnel backfill materials are important barriers in the KBS-3 repository concept for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Finland. One issue that is relevant to material properties is the degree to which different bentonite compositions can be regarded as interchangeable. In Posiva's current repository design, the reference bentonite composition is MX-80, a sodium montmorillonite dominated clay. Posiva would like to be able to use bentonite with Ca-montmorillonite as the dominant clay mineral. However, at this stage, it is not clear what supporting data need to be acquired/defined to be able to place the state of knowledge of Ca-bentonite at the same level as that of Na-bentonite. In this report, the concept of bentonite exchangeability has been evaluated through consideration of how bentonite behaviour may be affected in six key performance-relevant properties, namely (1) mineralogical composition and availability of materials, (2) hydraulic conductivity, (3) mechanical and rheological properties, (4) long-term alteration, (5) colloidal properties, and (6) swelling pressure. The report evaluates implications for both buffer and backfill. Summary conclusions are drawn from these sections to suggest how bentonite exchangeability may be addressed in regulatory assessments of engineered barrier design for a future geological repository for spent fuel in Finland. Some important conclusions are: (a) There are some fundamental differences between Ca- and Na-bentonites such as colloidal behaviour, pore structure and long-term alteration that could affect the exchangeability of these materials as buffer or backfill materials and which should be further evaluated; (b) Additional experimental data are desirable for some issues such as long-term alteration, hydraulic properties and swelling behaviour, (c) The minor mineral content of bentonites is very variable, both between different bentonites and within the same bentonite type, it is not clear

  18. Pore water chemistry of the febex bentonite

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    The knowledge of pore water chemistry in the clay barrier is essential for performance assessment purposes in a nuclear waste repository, since the pore water composition controls the processes involved in the release and transport of the radionuclides. The methodology followed to define the representative composition of the FEBEX bentonite pore water is presented in this paper. A series of bentonite-water interaction tests have been performed with the aim of providing a database on the main chemical parameters of the bentonite. These tests were carried out both with high solid to liquid (s:l) ratios (squeezing tests) and low s:l ratios (aqueous extracts tests). The exchangeable cations have also been analyzed to determine the selectivity coefficient of the exchange reactions. To complete the data set, a physical and mineralogical characterization of the bentonite was made. The most significant bentonite-water interaction processes controlling the chemistry of the system was identified. The ion concentrations basically depend on the s:l ratio of the system, and the pore water composition is controlled by the dissolution of chlorides, dissolution/precipitation of carbonates and sulphates and the cation exchange reactions in the smectite. The bentonite/water system was modelled with the PHREEQC2 program to obtain the best possible estimation of the pore water composition for initial conditions of water content (=14%), after checking the conceptual model with the experimental results. The model predictions fitted satisfactorily with the experimental data at low s:l ratios. At high s:l ratios, the modelled results agree adequately, except for the sulphate content, which could be affected by the effective porosity, anion exclusion or stagnant zones not taken into account in the model. According to the model, the FEBEX bentonite pore water at 14% moisture is a sodium-chloride type, with an ionic strength of 0.25 M and pH of 7.78. Copyright (2001) Material Research

  19. Microbial activity in bentonite buffers. Literature study

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    Ratto, M.; Itavaara, M.

    2012-07-01

    The proposed disposal concept for high-level radioactive wastes involves storing the wastes underground in copper-iron containers embedded in buffer material of compacted bentonite. Hydrogen sulphide production by sulphate-reducing prokaryotes is a potential mechanism that could cause corrosion of waste containers in repository conditions. The prevailing conditions in compacted bentonite buffer will be harsh. The swelling pressure is 7-8 MPa, the amount of free water is low and the average pore and pore throat diameters are small. This literature study aims to assess the potential of microbial activity in bentonite buffers. Literature on the environmental limits of microbial life in extreme conditions and the occurrence of sulphatereducing prokaryotes in extreme environments is reviewed briefly and the results of published studies characterizing microbes and microbial processes in repository conditions or in relevant subsurface environments are presented. The presence of bacteria, including SRBs, has been confirmed in deep groundwater and bentonite-based materials. Sulphate reducers have been detected in various high-pressure environments, and sulphate-reduction based on hydrogen as an energy source is considered a major microbial process in deep subsurface environments. In bentonite, microbial activity is strongly suppressed, mainly due to the low amount of free water and small pores, which limit the transport of microbes and nutrients. Spore-forming bacteria have been shown to survive in compacted bentonite as dormant spores, and they are able to resume a metabolically active state after decompaction. Thus, microbial sulphide production may increase in repository conditions if the dry density of the bentonite buffer is locally reduced. (orig.)

  20. Microbial activity in bentonite buffers. Literature study

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    The proposed disposal concept for high-level radioactive wastes involves storing the wastes underground in copper-iron containers embedded in buffer material of compacted bentonite. Hydrogen sulphide production by sulphate-reducing prokaryotes is a potential mechanism that could cause corrosion of waste containers in repository conditions. The prevailing conditions in compacted bentonite buffer will be harsh. The swelling pressure is 7-8 MPa, the amount of free water is low and the average pore and pore throat diameters are small. This literature study aims to assess the potential of microbial activity in bentonite buffers. Literature on the environmental limits of microbial life in extreme conditions and the occurrence of sulphatereducing prokaryotes in extreme environments is reviewed briefly and the results of published studies characterizing microbes and microbial processes in repository conditions or in relevant subsurface environments are presented. The presence of bacteria, including SRBs, has been confirmed in deep groundwater and bentonite-based materials. Sulphate reducers have been detected in various high-pressure environments, and sulphate-reduction based on hydrogen as an energy source is considered a major microbial process in deep subsurface environments. In bentonite, microbial activity is strongly suppressed, mainly due to the low amount of free water and small pores, which limit the transport of microbes and nutrients. Spore-forming bacteria have been shown to survive in compacted bentonite as dormant spores, and they are able to resume a metabolically active state after decompaction. Thus, microbial sulphide production may increase in repository conditions if the dry density of the bentonite buffer is locally reduced. (orig.)

  1. Ion diffusion in compacted bentonite

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    In the study, a two-dimensional molecular-level diffusion model, based on a modified form of the Gouy-Chapman (GC) theory of the electrical double layers, for hydrated ionic species in compacted bentonite was developed. The modifications to the GC theory, which forms the very kernel of the diffusion model, stem from various non-conventional features: ionic hydration, dielectric saturation, finite ion-sizes and specific adsorption. The principal objectives of the study were met. With the aid of the consistent diffusion model, it is a relatively simple matter to explain the experimentally observed macroscopic exclusion for anions as well as the postulated, but greatly controversial, surface diffusion for cations. From purely theoretical grounds, it was possible to show that the apparent diffusivities of cations, anions and neutral molecules (i) do not exhibit order-or-magnitude differences, and (ii) are practically independent of the solution ionic strength used and, consequently, of the distribution coefficient, Kd, unless they experience specific binding onto the substrate surface. It was also of interest to investigate the equilibrium anionic concentration distribution in the pore geometry of the GMM model as a function of the solution ionic strength, and to briefly speculate its consequences to diffusion. An explicit account of the filter-plate effect was taken by developing a computerised macroscopic diffusion model, which is based upon the very robust and efficient Laplace Transform Finite-Difference technique. Finally, the inherent limitations as well as the potential fields of applications of the models were addressed. (orig.)

  2. Enhancement of the bentonite sorption properties

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    Mockovciakova, Annamaria, E-mail: mocka@saske.sk [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences Watsonova 45, 04354 Kosice (Slovakia); Orolinova, Zuzana [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences Watsonova 45, 04354 Kosice (Slovakia); Skvarla, Jiri [Institute of Montaneous Sciences and Environmental Protection, Technical University in Kosice, Park Komenskeho 19, 04200 Kosice (Slovakia)

    2010-08-15

    The almost monomineral fraction of bentonite rock-montmorillonite was modified by magnetic particles to enhance its sorption properties. The method of clay modification consists in the precipitation of magnetic nanoparticles, often used in preparing of ferrofluids, on the surface of clay. The influence of the synthesis temperature (20 and 85 deg. C) and the weight ratio of bentonite/iron oxides (1:1 and 5:1) on the composite materials properties were investigated. The obtained materials were characterized by the X-ray diffraction method and Moessbauer spectroscopy. Changes in the surface and pore properties of the magnetic composites were studied by the low nitrogen adsorption method and the electrokinetic measurements. The natural bentonite and magnetic composites were used in sorption experiments. The sorption of toxic metals (zinc, cadmium and nickel) from the model solutions was well described by the linearized Langmuir and Freundlich sorption model. The results show that the magnetic bentonite is better sorbent than the unmodified bentonite if the initial concentration of studied metals is very low.

  3. Migration behavior of iodine in compacted bentonite

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    When the wastes that include I-129 dispose, compacted bentonite would be used as buffer material as well as for HLW disposal. Therefore in this study diffusion experiments were carried out to investigate the migration behavior of iodine in compacted bentonite. Bentonite used in this study consists of more than 95 % of sodium montmorillonite. Bentonite powder was compacted into a cylinder with a diameter of 10 mm and a height of 10 mm with a varied dry density. After saturated with water including 0.01 M of NaCl for one month, approximately 10 micro liters of tracer solution I- or IO3- were spiked on a surface of compacted bentonite respectively. The constant boundary concentrations and the diffusion coefficients of I- and IO3- were determined by the penetration method. Iodine profiles showed typical shape of error function complement. The constant boundary concentration of I- is several times larger than that of IO3-. This could be cause by geometrical limitation and/or anion exclusion of montmorillonite because IO3- is larger than I- and montmorillonite has negative surface charge. Apparent diffusion coefficients of I- and IO3- were obtained in the range of 27.0 to 192.9 μm2/s and 9.8 to 117.4 μm2/s, respectively. (author)

  4. Bentonite-amended soil special study

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    This special study was conducted to assess the viability of soil with a high percentage of bentonite added as an infiltration barrier in the cover of Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project disposal cells. To achieve maximum concentration limits (MCLs) at several UMTRA Project sites, covers with a very low permeability are needed. If alternate concentration limits (ACLs) are the appropriate site groundwater compliance strategy, the US Department of Energy (DOE) is required to demonstrate, among other things, that the infiltration to the disposal cell is as low as reasonably achievable, and hence that the cover has a very low permeability. When the study discussed here was begun, the lowest permeability element available was CLAYMAXR, a manufactured liner material constructed of natural material (bentonite clay) between two geosynthetics.The strength of soil-bentonite mixes was measured to see if they could be placed on sideslopes and not pose stability problems. Also evaluated were the hydraulic conductivities of soil-bentonite mixes. If the strengths and permeabilities of soils with a high percentage of bentonite are favorable, the soils may be used as infiltration barriers in current cover designs without changing pile geometries. The scope of work for this study called for a literature review and a two-phased laboratory testing program. This report presents the results of the literature review and the first phase of the testing program

  5. Freezing of bentonite. Experimental studies and theoretical considerations

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    Birgersson, Martin; Karnland, Ola; Nilsson, Ulf (Clay Technology AB, Lund (Sweden))

    2010-01-15

    During its lifetime, a KBS-3 repository will be subject to various ambient temperatures. Backfilled tunnels, shafts and investigation bore holes closest to ground level will experience periods of temperature below 0 deg C. From a safety assessment perspective, it is therefore essential to understand the behavior of compacted bentonite below 0 deg C. A theoretical framework for predicting the pressure response in compacted water saturated bentonite due to temperature changes has been developed based on thermodynamics and a single pore-type. This model predicts an approximately linear temperature dependence of swelling pressure P{sub s}(w,DELTAT) = P{sub s}(w,0 deg C) + DELTAs(w)DELTAT/nu{sub clay}(w) where DELTAT denotes a temperature difference from 0 deg C, DELTAs(w) is the difference in partial molar entropy between clay water and bulk water, nu{sub clay} (w) is the partial molar volume of the clay water and w denotes the water/solid mass ratio of the clay. As bulk water changes phase at 0 deg C, DELTAs(w) has a different value dependent on whether DELTAT is negative or positive. Above 0 deg C DELTAs(w) is a small value for all relevant densities which means that the pressure response due to temperature changes is small. A further consequence of this fact is that DELTAs(w) is a large positive number below 0 deg C when the external water phase is transformed to ice. Consequently, the model predicts a large drop of swelling pressure with temperature below 0 deg C, in the order of 1.2 MPa/deg C. Specifically, the swelling pressure is zero at a certain (negative) temperature T{sub C}. T{sub C} also quantifies the freezing point of the bentonite sample under consideration, as ice formation in the bentonite does not occur until swelling pressure is lost. A large set of laboratory tests have been performed where fully water saturated samples of bentonites have been exposed to temperatures in the range -10 deg C to +25 deg C. The swelling pressure response has been

  6. Freezing of bentonite. Experimental studies and theoretical considerations

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    During its lifetime, a KBS-3 repository will be subject to various ambient temperatures. Backfilled tunnels, shafts and investigation bore holes closest to ground level will experience periods of temperature below 0 deg C. From a safety assessment perspective, it is therefore essential to understand the behavior of compacted bentonite below 0 deg C. A theoretical framework for predicting the pressure response in compacted water saturated bentonite due to temperature changes has been developed based on thermodynamics and a single pore-type. This model predicts an approximately linear temperature dependence of swelling pressure Ps(w,ΔT) = Ps(w,0 deg C) + Δs(w)*ΔT/νclay(w) where ΔT denotes a temperature difference from 0 deg C, Δs(w) is the difference in partial molar entropy between clay water and bulk water, νclay (w) is the partial molar volume of the clay water and w denotes the water/solid mass ratio of the clay. As bulk water changes phase at 0 deg C, Δs(w) has a different value dependent on whether ΔT is negative or positive. Above 0 deg C Δs(w) is a small value for all relevant densities which means that the pressure response due to temperature changes is small. A further consequence of this fact is that Δs(w) is a large positive number below 0 deg C when the external water phase is transformed to ice. Consequently, the model predicts a large drop of swelling pressure with temperature below 0 deg C, in the order of 1.2 MPa/deg C. Specifically, the swelling pressure is zero at a certain (negative) temperature TC. TC also quantifies the freezing point of the bentonite sample under consideration, as ice formation in the bentonite does not occur until swelling pressure is lost. A large set of laboratory tests have been performed where fully water saturated samples of bentonites have been exposed to temperatures in the range -10 deg C to +25 deg C. The swelling pressure response has been recorded continuously. The samples have been varied with respect to

  7. Sealing performance of bentonite and bentonite/crushed rock borehole plugs

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    Ouyang, S.; Daemen, J.J.K. [Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ (United States). Dept. of Mining and Geological Engineering

    1992-07-01

    This study includes a systematic investigation of the sealing performance of bentonite and bentonite/crushed rock plugs. American Colloid C/S granular bentonite and crushed Apache Leap tuff have been mixed to prepare samples for laboratory flow testing. Bentonite weight percent and crushed tuff gradation are the major variables studied. The sealing performance assessments include high injection pressure flow tests, polyaxial flow tests, high temperature flow tests, and piping tests. The results indicate that a composition to yield a permeability lower than 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}8} cm/s would have at least 25% bentonite by weight mixed with well-graded crushed rock. Hydraulic properties of the mixture plugs may be highly anisotropic if significant particle segregation occurs during sample installation and compaction. Temperature has no significant effect on the sealing performance within the test range from room temperature to 600{degree}C. Piping damage to the sealing performance is small if the maximum hydraulic gradient does not exceed 120 and 280 for samples with a bentonite content of 25 and 35%, respectively. The hydraulic gradients above which flow of bentonite may take place are deemed critical. Analytical work includes the introduction of bentonite occupancy percentage and water content at saturation as two major parameters for plug design. A permeability model is developed for the prediction of permeability in clays, especially in view of the difficulties in obtaining this property experimentally. A piping model is derived based on plastic flow theory. This piping model permits the estimation of critical hydraulic gradients at which flow of bentonite takes place. The model can also be used to define the maximum allowable pore diameter of a protective filter layer.

  8. Adsorption behaviour of bivalent ions onto Febex bentonite

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    Missana, T.; Garcia-Gutierrez, M. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Dpt. de Impacto Ambiental de la Energia Madrid (Spain)

    2005-07-01

    The sorption and transport properties of radionuclides in the near and far field barriers of a deep geological radioactive waste repository are amongst the principal aspects to be evaluated for the performance assessment (PA) of such a kind of disposal. The study of the clayey materials is crucial because the backfill material is constituted by compacted clay in most countries design; in addition, argillaceous formations are particularly suitable as host rock formations. It is widely recognised that, to acquire predictive modelling capability, a theoretical effort is needed for a mechanistic understanding of sorption processes, as they greatly influence the transport of radionuclides in clay porous structures. In this work, an exhaustive experimental study of the Co(II), Sr (II) and Ca(II) sorption behaviour on a Spanish bentonite was carried out. The clay used for these experiments is the FEBEX bentonite, which is basically formed by smectite (93 {+-} 2%) with small percentages of quartz (2 {+-} 1 %), plagioclase (3 {+-} 1 %), cristobalite (2 {+-} 1 %) and traces of minerals such as K-feldspar and calcite. (authors)

  9. Sorption of metals on zeolites and bentonite

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    This contribution presents the recently obtained results on the sorption of heavy metals by natural microporous materials (especially zeolites and bentonite) of different origin. The sorption of caesium and strontium from its aqueous solutions by ten clinoptilolite-mordenite-containing sedimentary materials from Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Greece and bentonite was investigated a batch-type procedure and radiotracer techniques. The experimental results provide information on suitability of the individual materials for the treatment of radioactive waste and their application as backfills in potential nuclear waste repositories. Furthermore, the sorption of cadmium, mercury and zinc-ions by zeolites and bentonite was investigated using batch techniques and radioactive tracers. Uptake values and distribution coefficients were calculated in order to study the suitability of these materials for utilization in the environmental technology (i.g. treatment of industrial waste). (author)

  10. Heat conductivity of bentonite MX80 and Montigel using the hot wire method

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    A project study on behalf of Nagra for high radioactive waste disposal in deep geological formations as well as literature studies have shown that bentonite could be a suitable filling and sealing material. The Institute for Foundation and Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Institute of Technology is under contract by Nagra to investigate different bentonites. The investigations concentrate on the Na-bentonite MX-80 from Wyoming, which is foreseen by the Swedes, and on the geographically more favorable Ca-bentonite Montigel from Bavaria. Montigel powder and granulate, which show certain manufacturing advantages, were investigated. The heat conductivity of dense bentonite was investigated using the hot wire method. Heat conductivities of MX-80 and Montigel were similar. It amounted at room temperature from 0.451 W/degree C m with a water content of 0 % and a density of 1.7 Mg/m3 up to 1.336 W/degree C m with a water content of 14 % and a density of 2.21 Mg/m3. At higher temperatures the heat conductivity was determined only on dry samples. The value at 40 degrees C and a density of 1.63 Mg/m3 was 0.457 W/degree C m and 0.778 W/degree C m at 120 degrees C and a density of 2.09 Mg/m3. The heat conductivity of condensed bentonites can be calculated as a function of water content, density and temperature by the following approximative formula: K = -0.60 + 0.60D + 0.004WD3 + 0.01T1/2 K heat conductivity (W/degree C m) D density wet (Mg/m3) W water content (%) T temperature (degrees C) 3 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs

  11. MANU. Purchase of Bentonite. Process Description

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    The aim of this study is to describe the entire bentonite purchasing process accurately. This will enable efficient and focused use of information related to the purchasing phase and to each individual bentonite batch. This work continues from the work started in the report by Ahonen et al. (2008), Quality Assurance of the Bentonite Material, Posiva Working Report 2008-33. The current work includes a short enquiry for all relevant and at the time known producers or re-sellers of bentonite. Questions about relevant products suitable for civil engineering use, more specifically nuclear waste disposal site use, were asked together with test methods, typical test results and test standards. The following aspects and opinions have been processed from the results that were obtained during the project. Each seller/producer has a quality management system, QMS (typically ISO 9001), and ability to perform the basic tests, but there is not an established common set of properties to be tested. Some producers are willing to test according to customers' specifications. Posiva could arrange a network of capable laboratories to carry out tests according to its selected standards. This activity should then be accredited with a reasonable testing volume. Before starting the purchase of bentonite at a large scale, Posiva should go through negotiations and audits with each seller in order to make sure that both parties are testing with the same methods and both understand the range where the values of key parameters may lie. A database is needed for gathering statistically relevant information from the bentonite material parameters over the long run. This is needed for determining the limits within which the material parameters should remain in order to be acceptable. Posiva is encouraged to create a process to optimize the test types and the amount of tests should be identified for immediate and long term use. This process ensures the required quality and costs involved. (orig.)

  12. Erosion properties and dispersion-flocculation behavior of bentonite particles

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    Experimental and theoretical studies have been performed to clarify the ability of flowing groundwater in contact with bentonite to generate bentonite colloidal particles and disperse such colloids. This information is required to determine (a) the long-term stability of bentonite as a buffer material for borehole disposal of radioactive wastes in deep geologic media and (b) the potential influence of bentonite colloidal particles on radionuclide transport, specifically for use in scenario analyses in the performance assessment of waste disposal. In this study, the minimum groundwater velocity required to erode particles of Na-bentonite or Ca-bentonite from a bentonite surface in contact with groundwater was derived from shear strengths of aqueous bentonite gel suspensions, as determined by viscometer tests. The shear strengths were used to estimate the corresponding shear force on bentonite particle-particle bonds, using an estimated value for the number of initial bentonite particle-particle bonds in the experimental systems studied. The derived shear force was converted to corresponding groundwater velocity by using Stokes' equation and simplifying assumptions. The results indicate that groundwater velocities in a range of about 10-5 to 10-4 m/s would be required to initiate bentonite erosion. This range is higher than the groundwater flow velocity generally found in deep geologic media in Japan. In addition, known groundwater electrolyte concentrations were compared with theoretical estimates of aqueous electrolyte concentrations required to flocculate colloidal bentonite particles (for example 1 x 10-3 mol/l Na+). The comparison indicates that, even if erosion of bentonite occurred, the colloidal bentonite particles formed would flocculate. As a result, this study has shown that the effect of bentonite colloids on radionuclide transport is likely to be negligible in the performance assessment of radioactive waste disposal in deep geologic media

  13. Ion diffusion in compacted bentonite

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    Lehikoinen, J. [VTT Chemical Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1999-03-01

    In the study, a two-dimensional molecular-level diffusion model, based on a modified form of the Gouy-Chapman (GC) theory of the electrical double layers, for hydrated ionic species in compacted bentonite was developed. The modifications to the GC theory, which forms the very kernel of the diffusion model, stem from various non-conventional features: ionic hydration, dielectric saturation, finite ion-sizes and specific adsorption. The principal objectives of the study were met. With the aid of the consistent diffusion model, it is a relatively simple matter to explain the experimentally observed macroscopic exclusion for anions as well as the postulated, but greatly controversial, surface diffusion for cations. From purely theoretical grounds, it was possible to show that the apparent diffusivities of cations, anions and neutral molecules (i) do not exhibit order-or-magnitude differences, and (ii) are practically independent of the solution ionic strength used and, consequently, of the distribution coefficient, K{sub d}, unless they experience specific binding onto the substrate surface. It was also of interest to investigate the equilibrium anionic concentration distribution in the pore geometry of the GMM model as a function of the solution ionic strength, and to briefly speculate its consequences to diffusion. An explicit account of the filter-plate effect was taken by developing a computerised macroscopic diffusion model, which is based upon the very robust and efficient Laplace Transform Finite-Difference technique. Finally, the inherent limitations as well as the potential fields of applications of the models were addressed. (orig.) 45 refs.

  14. Preparation and characterization of bentonite organo clay

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    Bentonite clays organically modified have great potential use for environmental remediation, especially in the separation of organic compounds from the water. The aim of this work was the preparation of organophilic clays from 'Verde-Lodo' bentonite clay with the quaternary ammonium salts cetyl-pyridinium chloride and benzalkonium chloride. The materials obtained were characterized by XRD, thermogravimetric analyses, Helium picnometry, SEM and energy dispersive X-ray techniques. The results show consistently successful synthesis of the organoclay through the increase in the basal spacing, as well as salt elimination picks and presence of carbon and chlorine in the modified clays; they are inexistent elements in the natural clay. (author)

  15. Chemical and mineralogical aspects of water-bentonite interaction in nuclear fuel disposal conditions

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    In the field of nuclear fuel disposal, bentonite has been selected as the principal sealing and buffer material for placement around waste canisters, forming both a mechanical and chemical barrier between the radioactive waste and the surrounding ground water. Ion exchange and mineral alteration processes were investigated in a laboratory study of the long-term interaction between compacted Na-bentonite (Volclay MX-80) and ground water solutions, conducted under simulated nuclear fuel disposal conditions. The possible alteration of montmorillonite into illite has been a major object of the mineralogical study. However, no analytical evidence was found, that would indicate the formation of this non-expandable clay type. Apparently, the change of montmorillonite from Na- to Ca-rich was found to be the major alteration process in bentonite. In the water, a concentration decrease in Ca, Mg, and K, and an increase in Na, HCO3 and SO4 were recorded. The amount of calcium ions available in the water was considered insufficient to account for the recorded formation of Ca-montmorillonite. It is therefore assumed that the accessory Ca-bearing minerals in bentonite provide the fundamental source of these cations, which exchange with sodium during the alteration process. (38 refs.)

  16. Retention of chromium by modified Al-Bentonite

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    Volzone C.; Garrido L. B.

    2002-01-01

    Retention of chromium (III) from a tanning wastewater by modified Al-bentonites was studied. One bentonite from San Juan province, Argentina, was used. Al-bentonite was prepared by contact of bentonite with hydrolyzed OH-Al solutions (0.10 M in Al) for 24 hours. The modified Al-bentonites were obtained by: a) treatment with 0.5 M sodium chloride; b) with 0.5 M sodium chloride adjusted at pH 8; and c) treatment with an hexametaphosphate solution after sodium addition. Then, the samples were dr...

  17. Erosion of bentonite by flow and colloid diffusion

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    water velocity for the rectangular geometry. For the cylindrical geometry, the dependence is somewhat lower (exponent about 0.4) since the length of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. The penetration depth of the gel/water interface decreases with increasing water flow rate. For water velocity of the order of a metre per year the gel may penetrate several metres into the fracture at steady state. The simulations were made with only sodium as counter-ion. Most simulations had sodium concentrations below the critical coagulation concentration, CCC. In the compacted bentonite at the fracture mouth it was 10 mM and 0.1 mM in the approaching water. At these concentrations the gel is expansive and can turn into a sol releasing colloidal particles. The low ion concentration has a strong impact on the fluid viscosity, which increases with decreasing ionic strength. At the same time, however the repulsion forces between the smectite particles increase causing a quicker expansion and sol formation. Simulations with higher sodium concentrations in the seeping water had a marginal influence on the erosion rate. For the highest water flow rates the smectite loss could be up to 0.3 kg per year for one canister. This is more than one order of magnitude more than what would result by smectite particle diffusion alone if gel flow was neglected and account was only taken of particle diffusion out into the seeping water. (authors)

  18. Effects of silica sol on bentonite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Compacted bentonite will be used in Sweden as an engineered barrier in the disposal of nuclear waste, mainly due to bentonites sorption and swelling capacity, where the latter property is warranted in order to seal possible future intersecting fractures. However during the actual construction and deposition period other grouting agents must be used in order to seal already existing fractures. In Sweden Silica sol is currently being investigated in situ at Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory as a fine fracture (< 100 μm) grouting agent by injection. During this period, there is a plausible risk of Silica sol coming into contact with bentonite. The effect of Silica sol, either in colloidal form or as a gel, on the chemical and physical properties of bentonite has not been properly addressed and has to be further investigated. The Silica sol (Meyco MP320, EKA Chemicals) consists of amorphous SiO2 particles, average size approximately 20 nm. Due to the small particle size Silica sol can penetrate and seal finer fractures than more coarse grouting agents commonly used. Upon injection NaCl (approx 0.3 M) is used as a gel accelerator, leading to a hydrological barrier in the form of a ductile gel after < 1 hour, which then hardens with time (months) increasing its strength significantly, depending on water content, ionic strength and temperature. Upon aggregation, either due to high ionic strength or drying, the silica colloids aggregate seemingly irreversible forming siloxane bonds by condensation of the silanol surface groups. These silanol groups can react at the montmorillonite edges in a similar way. In a worst case scenario the Silica sol would act as an inorganic glue, creating a pillared montmorillonite or modify the edges of the clay particles. Such effects would irreversibly reduce the overall swelling capacity of the affected bentonite. An experimental program has been developed to characterize the Silica sol

  19. Erosion from compacted and confined bentonite at different water flow velocities

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Compacted bentonite barrier in deep geological repositories for high-level radioactive waste is expected to contribute to the repository safety due to its plasticity, low hydraulic permeability, swelling ability and sorption capability to retain radionuclides, amongst other properties. In a repository scenario, the water coming from the geological formation hydrates the bentonite and promotes its swelling, contributing to seal rock fissures. However, due to its expansion, bentonite suffers a density loss, strongest at the gel front. Under appropriate conditions, the gel can be transformed to a sol and different erosion processes may favour the release of bentonite particles and colloids (size3 with NaCl and a mixed Ca-Na electrolyte at 10-3 M. Consecutive flow changes were applied during selected time periods. Water velocities varied from 1.5.10-8 m/s to 3. 10-6 m/s and experiments lasted more than two years. Results confirmed that initial erosion rates were fairly constant with time, but at longer time the erosion was slowed down, and in the case of electrolytes with Ca content even tended to equilibrium, as can be appreciated in Figure 1, which shows the cumulative bentonite colloid masses eroded from FEBEX bentonite compacted at 1.65 g/cm3, with mixed Ca-Na electrolyte at 10-3 M, under different flow conditions. These effects were not so evident with NaCl electrolyte, which just showed gentle variations on colloid erosion rhythm under the experiment time span. Significant changes in colloid erosion rates were not observed, in any case, under successive flow changes and under the experimental conditions analyzed. The system chemistry seems to be much more relevant on colloid erosion rates than flow velocity. Results showed that the erosion rates measured at longer times are much lower than those observed in the initial linear stage. Moreover, it was observed that the continuous calcium supply inhibited colloid

  20. Bentonite as a waste isolation pilot plant shaft sealing material

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    Daemen, J.; Ran, Chongwei [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States)

    1996-12-01

    Current designs of the shaft sealing system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) propose using bentonite as a primary sealing component. The shaft sealing designs anticipate that compacted bentonite sealing components can perform through the 10,000-year regulatory period and beyond. To evaluate the acceptability of bentonite as a sealing material for the WIPP, this report identifies references that deal with the properties and characteristics of bentonite that may affect its behavior in the WIPP environment. This report reviews published studies that discuss using bentonite as sealing material for nuclear waste disposal, environmental restoration, toxic and chemical waste disposal, landfill liners, and applications in the petroleum industry. This report identifies the physical and chemical properties, stability and seal construction technologies of bentonite seals in shafts, especially in a saline brine environment. This report focuses on permeability, swelling pressure, strength, stiffness, longevity, and densification properties of bentonites.

  1. Bentonite as a waste isolation pilot plant shaft sealing material

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    Current designs of the shaft sealing system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) propose using bentonite as a primary sealing component. The shaft sealing designs anticipate that compacted bentonite sealing components can perform through the 10,000-year regulatory period and beyond. To evaluate the acceptability of bentonite as a sealing material for the WIPP, this report identifies references that deal with the properties and characteristics of bentonite that may affect its behavior in the WIPP environment. This report reviews published studies that discuss using bentonite as sealing material for nuclear waste disposal, environmental restoration, toxic and chemical waste disposal, landfill liners, and applications in the petroleum industry. This report identifies the physical and chemical properties, stability and seal construction technologies of bentonite seals in shafts, especially in a saline brine environment. This report focuses on permeability, swelling pressure, strength, stiffness, longevity, and densification properties of bentonites

  2. Sealing performance assessments of bentonite and bentonite/crushed rock plugs

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    Bentonite and mixtures of bentonite and crushed rock are potential sealing materials for high level nuclear waste repositories. The materials have been used to form cap layers to reduce infiltration for mined waste tailings and can also be used to construct clay liners for municipal as well as industrial waste managements. American Colloid C/S granular dentonite and Apache Leap tuff have been mixed to prepare samples for laboratory flow testing. Bentonite weight percent and crushed tuff gradation are the major variables studied. The sealing performance assessments include high injection pressure flow tests, polyaxial flow tests, high temperature flow tests, and piping tests. The results indicate that an appropriate composition would have at least 25% bentonite by weight mixed with well-graded crushed rock. Hydraulic properties of the mixture plugs may be highly anisotropic if significant particle segregation occurs during sample installation and compaction. Temperature has no negative effects on the sealing performance within the test range from room temperature to 60C. The piping damage to the sealing performance is small if the maximum hydraulic gradient does not exceed 120 and 280 for 25 and 35% bentonite content, respectively. The hydraulic gradients above which flow of bentonite may take place are deemed critical. Analytical work includes the introduction of bentonite occupancy percentage and water content at saturation as two major parameters for the plug design. A permeability model developed is useful for the prediction of permeability in clays. A piping model permits the estimation of critical hydraulic gradient allowed before the flow of bentonite takes place. It can also be used to define the maximum allowable pore diameter of a protective filter layer

  3. Ion-migration through bentonite/zeolite and bentonite/quartz sand mixture

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    In the geological disposal system of the high level radioactive wastes radionuclides begin leaching from the waste form when the canister is degraded by corrosion. The buffer materials, as one of the engineered barriers can retard the migration of the radionuclides to the biosphere. In this study, the diffusivity of radionuclides has been obtained in the compacted clay materials, such as mixtures of bentonite-zeolite, and bentonite-quartz sand for buffer materials. For the bentonite and zeolite mixture, Kd-value for cesium has been increasing with zeolite contents. The increase in the Kd-value has also been obtained for strontium, though the inclination is found to be smaller than that for cesium. In the case of bentonite and quartz sand mixture, the Kd-value has increased with quartz content (up to 70%), though the increasing rate is smaller than that in the zeolite mixture. The purpose of the quartz sand mixing is to improve the thermal conductivity of the buffer materials. It is to be noted that the sorption capability of bentonite and quartz sand mixture is found to be a little bit larger than that of bentonite. As for cesium, the Kd-values obtained in diffusion experiment agree well with those from batch experiments within a factor of 2, while for strontium good agreement has not been obtained

  4. Synthetic (Hydrothermal) Hematite-Rich Mars-Analog Spherules from Acid-Sulfate Brines: Implications for Formation and Diagenesis of Hematite Spherules in Outcrops at Meridiani Planum, Mars

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    Golden, D. C.; Ming, D. W.; Morris, R. V.; Graff, T. G.

    2008-01-01

    The Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) onboard the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) orbiter discovered a large area at Meridiani Planum (MP) covered with the Fe-oxide hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) [1,2]. This discovery and favorable landing site characteristics led to selection of MP as the landing site for the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover (MER) [3]. The Athena science payload onboard the Opportunity rover identified hematite-rich spherules (mean spherule diameter approx.4.2+/-0.8 mm) embedded in S-rich outcrop rock and also as lag deposits of whole and broken spherules [4,5,6,7,8,9]. Although the chemical and mineralogical compositions of spherules are not fully constrained, Moessbauer spectrometer (MB) Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) and chemical analyses from the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) are consistent with a hematite mineralogical composition and an oxide bulk chemical composition consisting of Fe2O3. MGS-TES, also provides an important constraint that emission from the hematite-rich spherules is dominated by emission along the crystallographic c-axis [1,2,10,11]. The formation of hematite-rich spherules with similar chemical, mineralogical, morphological, and crystallographic properties to the MP spherules is rare on Earth, to date, only two natural analogs have been proposed; one from Utah (Navaho Concretions) and the other from Mauna Kea, Hawaii [12,13]. In this study, we synthesized in the laboratory hematite-rich spherules using conditions that may have existed on Early Mars [14] and compared their properties to those for MP hematite spherules of Mars and the analog spherules from Utah and Mauna Kea in order to assess their relative merit as MP hematite spherule analogs. Such comparisons yield clues to the formation pathway for MP spherules.

  5. Ga migration through MX-80 bentonite

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    Highly compacted bentonite is known to let gas ghrough at a very low rate but earlier invetigations have indicated the possible existence of a critical gas pressure at which the gas forms highly conductive passages through the clay. The present study was primarily aimed at testing the hypothesis of the critical pressure concept by measuring the gas pressure, and by trying to identify microstructural evidence of how gas percolates clay. Eight tests were run with MX-80 bentonite saturated with strongly brackish NAGRA water, the density of the water saturated bentonite ranging from 1.7 to somewhat more than 2.1 t/m3. In all the tests it was observed that gas break-through, manifested by largely increased conductivity, took place at a gas pressure of the same order of magnitude as the swelling pressure. One of the samples was analysed with respect to the microstructure and it revealed the existence of discrete gas-filled voids, some of which released gas when the trimmed clay specimen was placed into the embedding substance used for the microstructural analysis. This confirms that gas percolates through a number of narrow passages that are formed when the gas pressure is sufficiently high. In soft and medium-dense bentonite the 'capillary retention' is probably the major resistance to gas propagation, while in dense bentonite the penetrating gas has to make its way by displacing clay aggregates. In the latter case the critical gas pressure is therefore logically very high and close to the swelling pressure. (author)

  6. Study of the photon-induced formation and subsequent desorption of CH3OH and H2CO in interstellar ice analogs

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    Martín-Doménech, R.; Muñoz Caro, G. M.; Cruz-Díaz, G. A.

    2016-04-01

    Context. Methanol and formaldehyde are two simple organic molecules that are ubiquitously detected in the interstellar medium, in both the solid and gaseous phases. An origin in the solid phase and a subsequent nonthermal desorption into the gas phase is often invoked to explain their abundances in some of the environments where they are found. Experimental simulations under astrophysically relevant conditions have been carried out in the past four decades in order to find a suitable mechanism for that process. Aims: In particular, photodesorption from pure methanol ice (and presumably from pure formaldehyde ice) has been found to be negligible in previous works, probably because both molecules are very readily dissociated by vacuum-UV photons. Therefore, we explore the in situ formation and subsequent photon-induced desorption of these species, studying the UV photoprocessing of pure ethanol ice, and a more realistic binary H2O:CH4 ice analog. Methods: Experimental simulations were performed in an ultra-high vacuum chamber. Pure ethanol and binary H2O:CH4 ice samples deposited onto an infrared transparent window at 8 K were UV-irradiated using a microwave-discharged hydrogen flow lamp. Evidence of photochemical production of these two species and subsequent UV-photon-induced desorption into the gas phase were searched for by means of a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and a quadrupole mass spectrometer, respectively. After irradiation, ice samples were warmed up to room temperature until complete sublimation was attained for detection of volatile products. Results: Formation of CH3OH was only observed during photoprocessing of the H2O:CH4 ice analog, accounting for ~4% of the initial CH4 ice column density, but no photon-induced desorption was detected. Photochemical production of H2CO was observed in both series of experiments. Formation of formaldehyde accounted for ≤45% conversion of the initial ethanol ice, but it could not be quantified during

  7. Removal of Radium Isotopes from Oil Co-produced Water using Bentonite

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    In view of environmental concern, sorption of radium on natural bentonite mineral (Aleppo, Syria) was investigated using batch-type method. Data were expressed in terms of distribution coefficients. An attempt to increase the selectivity of bentonite for radium was made by preparing M-derivatives. Loss of mineral crystallinity in acidic media and the formation of new phase, such as BaCO3, in Ba-derivative were imposed by XRD characterisations. Of the cationic forms, Na-bentonite had shown the highest affinity. Mechanisms of radium uptake were pictured using M-derivatives and simulated radium solutions. The obtained results indicated that surface sorption/surface ion exchange were the predominated processes. The distinct sorption behaviour observed with Ba-form was, possibly, a reflection of radium co-precipitation with barium carbonate. The competing order of macro component, likely present in waste streams, was drawn by studying different concentrations of the corresponding salt media. As an outcome, sodium was the weakest inhibitor. The performance of natural bentonite and the most selective forms, i.e. Ba- and Na-derivatives, to sorb radium from actual oil co-produced waters, collected form Der Ezzor Petroleum Company (DEZPC), was studied. This mirrored the influential effect of waters-pH over other comparable parameters.(author)

  8. 1D modelling of alteration of compacted bentonite due to cementitious leachate

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    the reaction time in the altered bentonite to resist further alkaline attack and to contribute to maintaining a sufficient swelling pressure. The calculations present some limitations since they do not take into account the evolution of the leachate composition over time. This is a major shortcoming as the secondary phases formed during the prevalence of elevated pH and responsible for porosity clogging may dissolve at a later time to make the buffer susceptible to alkaline attack anew. This possibility can be explored with the continuation-run functionality implemented in TOUGHREACT. Also, the model results are tied strictly to the chosen 1D geometry and as such do not permit a straightforward extrapolation to the actual KBS-3 repository environment. The greatest uncertainties in the calculations pertain to the poor knowledge of mineral dissolution/ precipitation kinetics and of the relevant secondary mineralogy. The effect of the latter is in some cases illustrated by a lack of pore-clog formation in the bentonite in proximity to the fracture-buffer interface, which makes the buffer continuously exposed to the alkaline leachate. (authors)

  9. Interferon Analogs

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    Poelstra, Klaas; Prakash, Jai; Beljaars, Eleonora; Bansal, Ruchi

    2015-01-01

    The invention relates to the field of medicine. Among others, it relates to biologically active analogs of interferons (IFNs) which show less unwanted side-effects and to the therapeutic uses thereof. Provided is an IFN analog, wherein the moiety mediating binding to its natural receptor is at least

  10. Interferon Analogs

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    Poelstra, Klaas; Prakash, Jai; Beljaars, Leonie; Bansal, Ruchi

    2010-01-01

    The invention relates to the field of medicine. Among others, it relates to biologically active analogs of interferons (IFNs) which show less unwanted side-effects and to the therapeutic uses thereof. Provided is an IFN analog, wherein the moiety mediating binding to its natural receptor is at least

  11. Behaviour of bentonite/montmorillonite gel at low ionic strength

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. In the Swedish KBS-3 concept for a geological deep storage of spent nuclear fuel, bentonite of high montmorillonite content is proposed to serve as a buffer surrounding copper canisters containing the spent fuel. Montmorillonite has an exceptional affinity for water which results in the build-up of a swelling pressure when bentonite is placed in a confined volume. There may be fractures intersecting the deposition hole and at those fractures the bentonite is not restricted but can continue to swell until a steady state is reached. Under present day Swedish groundwater conditions the swelling into fractures will be limited because the montmorillonite at the swelling front will coagulate. However, at the end of a glaciation one cannot exclude that glacial meltwater of low ionic strength will permeate the bedrock. This could cause erosion of the bentonite, due to colloidal sol formation at the swelling front. A homo-ionic Ca-montmorillonite would not pose any problem because it has limited swelling due to attraction forces caused by ion correlations. In homo-ionic Na-montmorillonite, on the other hand, the correlation interactions are weak and cannot prevent the sol formation in case the montmorillonite is contacted with water of low ionic strength. Under repository conditions the montmorillonite is not homo-ionic, but contains a variety of counterions, both mono- and divalent. It was demonstrated earlier that for mixed Ca/Na-montmorillonite the sol-formation ability is much more sensitive to the ionic strength of the electrolyte than homo-ionic Na-montmorillonite. In deionized water sol formation occurs unless the equivalent charge fraction of Ca2+ is 90% or higher. However in electrolyte solution it was found that the sol is unstable if the ionic strength is above 4 mM. The investigated cases indicate that this condition holds even if the charge fraction of Ca2+ in the interlayer is as low as 20%. In this work it is

  12. pH buffering in compacted bentonite

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    In almost all high-level waste and spent fuel repository concepts, highly compacted bentonite in one form or another is the preferred material for backfilling and sealing. During re-saturation the bentonite swells and seals against the emplacement tunnels. The very low transmissivity to water movement and good sorption characteristics make compacted bentonite an extremely effective near-field diffusion barrier to the movement of radionuclides. The ability to give a chemically well founded pore water composition is essential since such knowledge is a pre-requisite for understanding sorption and diffusion processes, assessing the influence of long term groundwater-bentonite interactions and also predicting near-field solubilities and developing sorption data bases. In this context the pH of the pore water is of central importance, particularly for sorption. Almost invariably the compositions given for highly compacted bentonite pore waters are calculated values because reliable water samples are virtually impossible to obtain, even by squeezing under very high pressures. Assumptions and simplifications are made in the geochemical models used to perform such calculations and the predictions are seldom if ever tested. One of the main hypotheses in a recently proposed model for bentonite pore water was that the initial pH is determined by the state of the amphoteric surface hydroxy groups, ≡SOH type sites, and these buffer the pH of the pore water in to a value close to 8. Surface site types, site capacities and proto-lysis constants were obtained from previous montmorillonite titration measurements and were fixed in the calculations. The aim of this work was to test the Bradbury and Baeyens (2003) model in terms of its ability to the predict one of the most important parameters for any pore water, namely the pH. Tests against the real system are not practicable for the reasons mentioned above. Hence the experiments had to be indirect but nevertheless devised to

  13. Sorption and diffusion behavior of palladium in bentonite, granodiorite and tuff

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    Sorption and diffusion behavior palladium, which has been identified as one of the hazardous radionuclides in performance assessment of HLW disposal, in bentonite, granodiorite and tuff was studied in order to make reliable data set for the performance assessment. Sorption experiments of Pd on bentonite, granodiorite and tuff were conducted as functions of pH, ionic strength and liquid to solid ratio by batch method under aerobic conditions at room temperature. The distribution coefficients(Kd) of Pd on these solids were almost in the range of 10-1 to 102 m3/kg and were in the order of bentonite > granodiorite ≅ tuff. The sorption trends with change in pH, ionic strength and liquid to solid ratio are very similar between three solids. The Kd values were the highest pH 5 and decreased with increasing pH between 5 and 11. The effect of ionic strength on Kd was not found in a range of 10-2 to 10-1, but Kd values increased with increasing liquid to solid ratio. The width of variation in Kd was one order of magnitude in a liquid to solid ratio of 0.1 to 1 m3/kg. Sorption behavior of Pd is different from that of divalent metal ions such as Ni and Co etc. and chemical analogy may be inappropriate. The dominant aqueous species of Pd in the experimental conditions studied is estimated to be neutral species, Pd(OH)2(aq) by the thermodynamic calculations. The Kd values of Pd on three solids were relatively high and uncharged complexes may be more strongly sorbed. The pH dependency of Kd values suggests that Pd sorption is most likely to be occurring onto positively charged S-OH22 type site which are progressively removed (to form SOH and SO- sites) at higher pH values. Diffusion behavior of Pd in bentonite was also studied by in-diffusion method as a function of dry density. The Da values obtained based on the instantaneous planar source model were in the orders of 10-13 to 10-12 m2/s and decreased with increasing dry density of bentonite. The Kd values in compacted

  14. Evaluation of factors affecting diffusion in compacted bentonite

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    The information available from the open literature and studies on exclusion, sorption and diffusion mechanisms of ionic and neutral species in bentonite has been compiled and re-examined in relation to the microstructure of bentonite. The emphasis is placed on a more thorough understanding of the diffusion processes taking place in compacted bentonite. Despite the scarcity of experiments performed with neutral diffusants, these imply that virtually all the pores in compacted bentonite are accessible to neutral species. Anion exclusion, induced by the overlap of electrical double layers, may render the accessible porosity for anions considerably less than the porosity obtained from the water content of the clay. On the basis of the compiled data, it is highly probable that surface diffusion plays a significant role in the transport of cations in bentonite clays. Moreover, easily soluble compounds in bentonite can affect the ionic strength of porewater and, consequently, exclusion, equilibrium between cations, and surface diffusion

  15. Graben Formation and Dike Arrest during the 2009 Harrat Lunayyir Dike Intrusion in Saudi Arabia: Insights from InSAR, Stress Calculations and Analog Experiments

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    2016-03-04

    Detailed spatial and temporal accounts of propagating dikes from crustal deformation data, including their interplay with faulting, are rare, leaving many questions about how this interplay affects graben formation and the arrest of dikes unanswered. Here we use InSAR observations, stress calculations and analog experiments to investigate the interaction between an intruding dike and normal faulting during the 2009 Harrat Lunayyir dike intrusion in western Saudi Arabia. We generated five displacement maps from InSAR data to unravel the temporal evolution of deformation covering the majority of the intrusion. We find that the observed surface displacements can be modeled by a ~2-m-thick dike with an upper tip ~2 km below the surface on 16 May 2009, four weeks after the onset of seismic unrest. In the following three days, the dike propagated to within ~1 km of the surface with graben-bounding normal faulting dominating the near-field deformation. The volume of the dike doubled between mid-May and mid-June. We carried out analog experiments that indicate that the wedge-shaped graben grew outwards with the faulting style changing progressively from normal faulting to oblique. Coulomb failure stress change calculations show that the intruding dike caused two zones of shallow horizontal tension on both sides of the dike, producing two zones of fissuring and normal faulting at the surface. In return, the faulting provoked compression around the upper tip of the dike, holding back its vertical propagation.

  16. Graben formation and dike arrest during the 2009 Harrat Lunayyir dike intrusion in Saudi Arabia: Insights from InSAR, stress calculations and analog experiments

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    Xu, Wenbin; Jónsson, Sigurjón; Corbi, Fabio; Rivalta, Eleonora

    2016-04-01

    Detailed spatial and temporal accounts of propagating dikes from crustal deformation data, including their interplay with faulting, are rare, leaving many questions about how this interplay affects graben formation and the arrest of dikes unanswered. Here we use interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) observations, stress calculations, and analog experiments to investigate the interaction between an intruding dike and normal faulting during the 2009 Harrat Lunayyir dike intrusion in western Saudi Arabia. We generated five displacement maps from InSAR data to unravel the temporal evolution of deformation covering the majority of the intrusion. We find that the observed surface displacements can be modeled by a ~2 m thick dike with an upper tip ~2 km below the surface on 16 May 2009, 4 weeks after the onset of seismic unrest. In the following three days, the dike propagated to within ~1 km of the surface with graben-bounding normal faulting dominating the near-field deformation. The volume of the dike doubled between mid-May and mid-June. We carried out analog experiments that indicate that the wedge-shaped graben grew outward with the faulting style changing progressively from normal faulting to oblique. Coulomb failure stress change calculations show that the intruding dike caused two zones of shallow horizontal tension on both sides of the dike, producing two zones of fissuring and normal faulting at the surface. In return, the faulting provoked compression around the upper tip of the dike, holding back its vertical propagation.

  17. Mineralogy and sealing properties of various bentonites and smectite-rich clay materials

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    The present work includes a coherent study of Wyoming bentonite with respect to the most relevant properties for use in a repository, and a parallel study of other potential buffer and tunnel backfilling materials. The reason for this is twofold; to quantify the effect of mineralogical variations on the various important sealing properties of bentonite, and to verify that there are alternative potential sources of bentonite. The latter is motivated by the fact that Sweden alone plans to deposit at least 6,000 copper canisters which include approximately 130,000 metric tones bentonite buffer material and several times more as tunnel backfill material. Different types of sealing clay materials may also be relevant to use, since the demands on the clay will be different at the various locations in a repository. Alternative sources of bentonite would consequently be valuable in order to secure quality, supply, and price. Important aspects on buffer and tunnel backfilling materials may be summarized as: Original sealing properties. Hazardous substances in any respect. Short-term effects of ground-water chemistry. Long-term stability, i.e. effects of temperature and ground-water chemistry. Availability. Costs. The focus in this study is on the first three items. The long-term stability is indirectly considered in that mineralogical composition is determined. The availability is only considered in such a way that most of the analyzed materials represent huge clay formations, which contain much more material than needed for a repository. The cost aspects have not been included, mainly because the present day price is not relevant due to the time frame of the construction of a repository

  18. Mineralogy and sealing properties of various bentonites and smectite-rich clay materials

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    Karnland, Ola; Olsson, Siv; Nilsson, Ulf (Clay Technology AB (SE))

    2006-12-15

    The present work includes a coherent study of Wyoming bentonite with respect to the most relevant properties for use in a repository, and a parallel study of other potential buffer and tunnel backfilling materials. The reason for this is twofold; to quantify the effect of mineralogical variations on the various important sealing properties of bentonite, and to verify that there are alternative potential sources of bentonite. The latter is motivated by the fact that Sweden alone plans to deposit at least 6,000 copper canisters which include approximately 130,000 metric tones bentonite buffer material and several times more as tunnel backfill material. Different types of sealing clay materials may also be relevant to use, since the demands on the clay will be different at the various locations in a repository. Alternative sources of bentonite would consequently be valuable in order to secure quality, supply, and price. Important aspects on buffer and tunnel backfilling materials may be summarized as: Original sealing properties. Hazardous substances in any respect. Short-term effects of ground-water chemistry. Long-term stability, i.e. effects of temperature and ground-water chemistry. Availability. Costs. The focus in this study is on the first three items. The long-term stability is indirectly considered in that mineralogical composition is determined. The availability is only considered in such a way that most of the analyzed materials represent huge clay formations, which contain much more material than needed for a repository. The cost aspects have not been included, mainly because the present day price is not relevant due to the time frame of the construction of a repository

  19. Ordovician K-bentonites in the Argentine Precordillera: relations to Gondwana margin evolution

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    Huff, W.D.; Bergstrom, Stig M.; Kolata, Dennis R.; Cingolani, C.A.; Astini, R.A.

    1998-01-01

    This paper is included in the Special Publication entitled 'The proto- Andean margin of Gondwana', edited by R.J. Pankhurst and C.W. Rapela. Ordovician K-bentonites have now been recorded from >20 localities in the vicinity of the Argentine Precordillera. Most occur in the eastern thrust belts, in the San Juan Limestone and the overlying the Gualcamayo Formation, but a few ash beds are known also from the central thrust belts. The oldest occur in the middle Arenig I, victoriae lunatus graptolite (Oe. evae conodont) Zone, and the youngest in the middle Llanvirn P. elegans (P. suecicus) Zone. Mineralogical characteristics, typical of other Ordovician K-bentonites, include a matrix of illite/smectite mixed-layer clay and a typical felsic volcanic phenocryst assemblage: biotite, beta-form quartz, alkali and plagioclase feldspar, apatite, and zircon, with lesser amounts of hornblende, clinopyroxene, titanite and Fe-Ti oxides. The proportions of the mineral phases and variations in their crystal chemistry are commonly unique to individual (or small groups of) K-bentonite beds. Glass melt inclusions preserved in quartz are rhyolitic in composition. The sequence is unique in its abundance of K-bentonite beds, but a close association between the Precordillera and other Ordovician sedimentary basins cannot be established. The ash distribution is most consistent with palaeogeographical reconstructions in which early Ordovician drifting of the Precordillera occurred in proximity to one or more volcanic arcs, and with eventual collision along the Andean margin of Gondwana during the mid-Ordovician Ocloyic event of the Famatinian orogeny. The Puna-Famatina terrane northeast of the Precordillera might have served as the source of the K-bentonite ashes, possibly in concert with active arc magmatism on the Gondwana plate itself.

  20. Iron content and reducing capacity of granites and bentonite

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    The iron contents in various granites and in bentonite have been determined. For granites, the content is usually in the range 1-9% (weight) and 2.5-3% for bentonite. Most of the iron is divalent in the granites (70-90%); in bentonite the divalent fraction is 25-50%. A large part of the divalent iron in the granites appears to be accessible for the reduction of dissolved oxygen in an aqueous system. (author)

  1. Mechanical Properties of Plastic Concrete Containing Bentonite

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    Peng Zhang; Qiaoyan Guan; Qingfu Li

    2013-01-01

    Plastic concrete consists of aggregates, cement, water and bentonite, mixed at a high water cement ratio, to produce a ductile material. It is used for creating an impermeable barrier (cut-off wall) for containment of contaminated sites or seepage control in highly permeable dam foundations. The effects of water to binder ratio and clay dosage on mechanical properties of plastic concrete were investigated. The results indicate that the water to binder ratio and clay dosage have great influenc...

  2. Bentonites in powder detergents: softness and perfum

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    Bernal, Cristóbal; Carrión Fité, Francisco Javier

    2011-01-01

    The sodium bentonite is a mineral composed by hydrated aluminium silicates with a great capacity for absorbing several types of substrates. In cotton articles, softeners are added after the washing process. Softeners are organic products which are absorbed within the last rinse. These types of softeners can present some disadvantages as the possible lack of biodegradability, solidity and higher hydrophobicity which might reduce the sensation of comfort in the clothes as water absorption is di...

  3. Borehole sealing with highly compactd Na bentonite

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    This report describes the use of highly compacted Na bentonite for borehole plugging. Bentonites have an extremely low permeability and a low diffusivity, and a swelling ability which produces a nonleaching boundary between clay and rock if the initial bulk density of the bentonite is sufficiently high. The suggested technique, which is applicable to long vertical, and inclined, as well as horizontal boreholes, is based on the use of perforated copper pipes to insert elements of compacted bentonite. Such pipe segments are connected at the rock surface and successively inserted in the hole. When the hole is equipped, the clay takes up water spontaneously and swells through the perforation, and ultimately forms an almost completely homogenous clay core. It embeds the pipe which is left in the hole. Several tests were conducted in the laboratory and one field test was run in Stripa. They all showed that a gel soon fills the slot between the pipe and the confinement which had the form of metal pipes in the laboratory investigations. Subsequently, more clay migrates through the perforation and produces a stiff clay filling in the slot. The redistribution of minerals, leading ultimately to a high degree of homogeneity, can be described as a diffusion process. The rate of redistribution depends on the joint geometry and water flow pattern in the rock. In the rock with an average joint frequence of one per meter or higher, very good homogeneity and sealing ability of the clay are expected within a few months after the application of the plug. (author)

  4. Stability of bentonite gels in crystalline rock

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    The present, extended study comprises a derivation of a simple rock model as a basis for calculation of the penetration rate of bentonite and of the groundwater flow rate, which is a determinant of the erodibility of the protruding clay film. This model, which is representative of a gross permeability of about 10-8 - 10-9 m/s, implies a spectrum of slot-shaped joints with apertures ranging between 0.1 and 0.5 mm. It is concluded that less than 2percent of the highly compacted bentonite will be lost into traversing joints in 106 years. A closer analysis, in which also Poiseuille retardation and short-term experiments were taken into account, even suggests that the penetration into the considered joints will be less than that. The penetration rate is expected to be 1 decimeter in a few hundred years. The risk of erosion by flowing groundwater was estimated by comparing clay particle bond strength, evaluated from viscometer tests, and theoretically derived drag forces, the conclusion being that the maximum expected water flow rate in the widest joints of the rock model (4 times 10-4 m/s) is not sufficient to disrupt the gel front or the large individual clay flocs that may exist at this front. The experiments support the conclusion that erosion will not be a source of bentonite loss. A worst case scenario with a shear zone being developed across deposition holes is finally considered and in addition to this, the conditions in the fracture-rich tunnel floor at the upper end of the deposition holes are also analysed. This study shows that even if the rock is much more fractured than normal conditions would imply, the bentonite loss is expected to be very moderate and without substantial effect on the barrier functions of the remaining clay cores in the deposition holes. (author)

  5. Swelling characteristics of Gaomiaozi bentonite and its prediction

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Gaomiaozi (GMZ bentonite has been chosen as a possible matrix material of buffers/backfills in the deep geological disposal to isolate the high-level radioactive waste (HLRW in China. In the Gaomiaozi deposit area, calcium bentonite in the near surface zone and sodium bentonite in the deeper zone are observed. The swelling characteristics of GMZ sodium and calcium bentonites and their mixtures with sand wetted with distilled water were studied in the present work. The test results show that the relationship between the void ratio and swelling pressure of compacted GMZ bentonite-sand mixtures at full saturation is independent of the initial conditions such as the initial dry density and water content, but dependent on the ratio of bentonite to sand. An empirical method was accordingly proposed allowing the prediction of the swelling deformation and swelling pressure with different initial densities and bentonite-sand ratios when in saturated conditions. Finally, the swelling capacities of GMZ Na- and Ca-bentonites and Kunigel Na-bentonite are compared.

  6. Removal of Phosphate from Aqueous Solution with Modified Bentonite

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    唐艳葵; 童张法; 魏光涛; 李仲民; 梁达文

    2006-01-01

    Bentonite combined with sawdust and other metallic compounds was used to remove phosphate from aqueous solutions in this study. The adsorption characteristics of phosphate on the modified bentonite were investigated, including the effects of temperature, adsorbent dosage, initial concentration of phosphate and pH on removal of phosphate by conducting a series of batch adsorption experiments. The results showed that 98% of phosphate removal rate was obtained since sawdust and bentonite used in this investigation were abundantly and locally available. It is concluded that modified bentonite is a relatively efficient, low cost and easily available adsorbent for the removal of phosphate from aqueous solutions.

  7. Analysis of corrosion products of carbon steel in wet bentonite

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    As a part of evaluation of the long-term durability for the overpack containers for high-level radioactive waste, we have conducted corrosion tests for carbon steel in wet bentonite, a candidate buffer material. The corrosion rates were evaluated by weight difference of carbon steel and corrosion products were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and colorimetry. At 40degC, the corrosion rate of carbon steel in wet bentonite was smaller than that in pure water. At 95degC, however, the corrosion rate in wet bentonite was much higher than that in pure water. This high corrosion rate in wet bentonite at 95degC was considered to result from evaporation of moisture in bentonite in contact with the metal. This evaporation led to dryness and then to shrinkage of the bentonite, which generated ununiform contact of the metal with bentonite. Probably, this ununiform contact promoted the local corrosion. The locally corroded parts of specimen in wet bentonite at 95degC were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy (micro-FT-IR), and lepidocrocite γ-FeO(OH) was found as well as goethite α-FeO(OH). In wet bentonite at 95degC, hematite α-Fe2O3 was identified by means of colorimetry. (author)

  8. Synthesis of PDLLA/PLLA-bentonite nanocomposite through sonication

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    Sitompul, Johnner; Setyawan, Daru; Kim, Daniel Young Joon; Lee, Hyung Woo

    2016-04-01

    This paper concerns the synthesis of poly(D,L-lactic acid)/poly(L-lactic acid) bentonite nanocomposites. Poly (D,L-lactic acid) (PDLLA) was synthesized using lactic acid through the ZnO-catalyzed direct polycondensation method at vacuum pressure and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) was synthesized with L-lactide by ring-opening polymerization method. The PDLLA/PLLA-bentonite nanocomposite films were synthesized using the solvent casting method. The nanoclay, bentonite, was prepared using the solution-intercalation method by dissolving the nanoparticles into chloroform before sonication. In this study, PDLLA/PLLA-bentonite nanocomposite films were produced using variable amounts of nanoclay and sonication times during the mixing of PDLLA/PLLA and bentonite. The properties of the PDLLA/PLLA nanocomposites were then characterized using the X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Universal Testing Machine (UTM), Water Vapor Permeability (WVP) tests, and the enzymatic biodegradability test. The XRD test was used to measure the intercalation of nanoclay layers in the PDLLA/PLLA matrix and the PDLLA/PLLA-bentonite intercalated nanocomposite films. It was found through these various tests that adding bentonite to the PDLLA/PLLA increases tensile strength to 56.76 MP. Furthermore, the biodegradability increases as well as the barrier properties of the polymers The different sonication time used during the mixing of the polymer solution with bentonite also affected the properties of the PDLLA/PLLA-bentonite nanocomposite films.

  9. KAJIAN ADSORPSI LINEAR ALKYL BENZENE SULPHONATE (LAS DENGAN BENTONIT-KITOSAN

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Deterjen pada umumnya tersusun atas surfaktan anionik seperti LAS (Linear alkyl Benzene sulphonate. pada percobaan ini LAS dapat menyerap sinar pada daerahuv dengan panjang gelombang maksimumnya adalah 223,5 nm. LAS dalam perairan dapat menimbulkan potensi masalah pencemaran.Tujuan dari penelitian ini adalah sebagai salah satu alternatif penanganan masalah pencemaran limbah domestik dengan cara menguji kinerja bentonit alam dan bentonit termodifikasi kitosan dalam mengadsorpsi LAS. Untuk mengetahui bahwa kitosan telah bereaksi dengan bentonit maka diuji dengan FTIR dan XRD pada bentonit alam dan bentonit-kitosan. Kemudian ditentukan waktu kontak optimum antara LAS dengan bentonit alam dan bentonit-kitosan. Serta penentuan isoterm adsorpsi LAS dengan bentonit alam dan bentonit-kitosan dengan cara membuat variasi konsentrasi larutan LAS. Uji kinerja bentonit alam dan bentonit-kitosan dalam mengadsorpsi LAS dilakukan dengan menggunakan sistem batch. Didapat waktu kontak optimum antara LAS berinteraksi dengan bentonit alam adalah 15 menit dengan kapasitas adsorpsi sebesar 3,265 mg/g. Sedangkan Waktu kontak optimum interaksi LAS dengan bentonit-kitosan terjadi pada waktu 15 menit dengan kapasitas adsorpsi sebesar 1,7mg/g. Dari hasil yang didapat maka dapat terlihat bahwa bentonit alam memiliki kapasitas adsorpsi yang lebih besar dibandingkan bentonit hasil modifikasi dengan kitosan. Interaksi antara bentonit alam dan bentonit–kitosan dengan LAS terjadi secara fisik dengan energi adsorpsi bentonit alam dengan LAS adalah 19,31 KJ/mol dan energi adsorpsi bentonit-kitosan dengan LAS adalah 19,60 KJ/mol.

  10. Hydrothermal alterations of Bentonites in Almeria (Spain)

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    The use of bentonite as backfilling and sealing material in the high level radioactive waste disposals has been treated in previous studies accomplished by different authors. However, the use of this clayey barrier needs the resolution of different problems so that its efficiency will be enhanced. between those could be cited the study of the actual capacity of sealing the space around the canister and the accommodation to the pressure of the rocky environment; the possible variations in plasticity; the diffusion and reaction processes that can be produced through the barrier by groundwater, the capacity of radionuclides adsorption, etc. These studies, show that the bentonites with high content in smectite fulfill satisfactorily with the physical and chemical conditions to be used as sealing material, but it is known that the smectite can be unstable in diagenetic conditions similar to those are given in a deep repository of radioactive wastes, being transformed into illite. A conclusion of immediate interest is deduced from this last study. The bentonites used as sealing material in radioactive waste repositories must no contain Na as interlayer cation since it is very easily exchangeable by K. It is better to select those smectites with Ca and Mg that detain the entry of K in the interlayer and as a consequence the transformation process of smectite into illite is made more difficult. (Author)

  11. The analysis of the interaction between cement and bentonite in the construction of radioactive waste disposal in terms of long-term behavior

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    Due to the enormous demands concerning the time of exploitation we can state, that in the case of nuclear dumping grounds, the interaction between bentonite and concrete (or let us say with its matrix) is one of the very important factors from the issue of the construction service life. The proper experimental part presented in this paper was oriented partly to the determination of the extent of bentonite suspension penetration into the capillary porous concrete structure and further to the analysis of the bentonite effect from the point of view of concrete resistance against the aggressive substances from outer surrounding. The series of experiments presented in this paper explicitly showed that bentonite is able to react with the hydration products of cement in the porous capillary structure. Results of physico-chemical analyzes show, that the dominant product of these reactions is the calcium hydro silicate phase. This aspect is very positive because the calcium hydro silicates belong among the most stable phases of the cement matrix. Concerning the impact of bentonite presence in cement matrix on the concrete resistance against the effect of aggressive substances from the outer surrounding. The realized experiments proved that in the surface layers of concrete not treated by bentonite suspension the exposure to aggressive media caused a formation of corrosive products which were the evidence of the cement matrix degradation. This fact can be confirmed by finding that in the surface layers of samples exposed to the effect of sulfates, the presence of ettringite and traces of gypsum (in the case of samples exposed to chlorides solution also traces of Friedel salt) were found. In the contrary in samples in the structure of which the bentonite suspension was impressed, no presence of new corrosive formations was found. This makes evident that the bentonite suspension stabilizes the cement matrix against aggressive substances

  12. Effect of freezing and thawing on compacted bentonite buffer performance

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Over the time scale of the lifecycle of the spent nuclear fuel repository at Olkiluoto, local conditions involving both permafrost and glacial climactic phases, possibly repeatedly, cannot be excluded. Permafrost typically occurs when cold and dry climate conditions prevail with no ice-sheet formation or during glaciation as sub-glacial permafrost. Permafrost is generally defined as ground (soil or rock) that remains at or below 0 deg. C for at least two consecutive years. The growth and development of permafrost to some depth of the geologic subsurface depends on a complex heat exchange process across the atmosphere/ground interface and on the geothermal heat flow. Due to the potential impact on hydraulic, mechanical, and chemical subsurface properties and conditions, permafrost penetration is of interest for the performance and safety assessment of a deep, geologic repository. Deleterious effects on porous soil material, resulting from freezing and thawing, are generally ascribed to the occurrence of ice formation. Of course exposure to permafrost does not necessarily imply the presence of ice in the affected material. Indeed the primary consequence of the confinement of water in small pores is a depression to lower temperature of the melting transition. However, when ice forms in porous material, there is a corresponding increase in volume and/or pressure depending on the particular confining stresses at hand and the permeability to water migration. If ice is not formed in the fully saturated buffer system, no increase in volume and/or pressure need be considered. If, on the other hand, ice does form, increased stress from the buffer on the canister and host rock will need to be taken into account. In order to evaluate the effect of freezing and thawing on compacted bentonite buffer performance a series of experiments were conducted using constant-volume swelling pressure cells as follows: - Pre- and post

  13. Mineralogical investigations of the interaction between iron corrosion products and bentonite from the NF-PRO Experiments (Phase 2)

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    This report describes the findings of a second programme of work (Phase 2) undertaken by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of SKB, to characterise the mineralogical alteration of samples of compacted bentonite from experiments that SKB have co-funded in a study by Serco Assurance (Culham Laboratory, UK) to investigate the interaction of iron and bentonite, within the EU Framework 6 NF-PRO Project. Reacted bentonite residues from four NF-PRO Experiments - NFC1, NFC4, NFC7 and NFC13 were examined by BGS using; X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD); petrographical analysis with backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BSEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXA) techniques, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and exchangeable cation analysis; and sequential chemical extraction. In addition, background chemical analysis of altered and background bentonite were also obtained by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRFS). Bentonite immediately adjacent to corroding steel wires was found to have interacted with Fe released from the corroding metal. This resulted in the formation of narrow haloes of altered bentonite around the corroding steel wires, in which the clay matrix was significantly enriched in Fe. Similar observations were observed in bentonite around corroded iron coupons (observed in experiments NFC4 and NFC7 only), although the alteration zones were not as well developed in comparison to those around corroded steel wires. Detailed petrographical observation found no evidence for the formation discrete iron oxide or iron oxyhydroxide phases within the clay matrix but appeared to show that the clay particles themselves had become enriched in Fe. However, data from sequential chemical extraction suggests that a significant proportion (26 to 68%) of the iron in the altered bentonite is present as amorphous iron oxide or crystalline iron oxides (15 to 33% of the total iron). Some of the crystalline iron is present as primary magnetite and ilmenite

  14. Contribution of artifacts to N-methylated piperazine cyanide adduct formation in vitro from N-alkyl piperazine analogs.

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    Zhang, Minli; Resuello, Christina M; Guo, Jian; Powell, Mark E; Elmore, Charles S; Hu, Jun; Vishwanathan, Karthick

    2013-05-01

    In the liver microsome cyanide (CN)-trapping assays, piperazine-containing compounds formed significant N-methyl piperazine CN adducts. Two pathways for the N-methyl piperazine CN adduct formation were proposed: 1) The α-carbon in the N-methyl piperazine is oxidized to form a reactive iminium ion that can react with cyanide ion; 2) N-dealkylation occurs followed by condensation with formaldehyde and dehydration to produce N-methylenepiperazine iminium ion, which then reacts with cyanide ion to form the N-methyl CN adduct. The CN adduct from the second pathway was believed to be an artifact or metabonate. In the present study, a group of 4'-N-alkyl piperazines and 4'-N-[¹³C]methyl-labeled piperazines were used to determine which pathway was predominant. Following microsomal incubations in the presence of cyanide ions, a significant percentage of 4'-N-[¹³C]methyl group in the CN adduct was replaced by an unlabeled natural methyl group, suggesting that the second pathway was predominant. For 4'-N-alkyl piperazine, the level of 4'-N-methyl piperazine CN adduct formation was limited by the extent of prior 4'-N-dealkylation. In a separate study, when 4'-NH-piperaziens were incubated with potassium cyanide and [¹³C]-labeled formaldehyde, 4'-N-[¹³C]methyl piperazine CN-adduct was formed without NADPH or liver microsome suggesting a direct Mannich reaction is involved. However, when [¹³C]-labeled methanol or potassium carbonate was used as the one-carbon donor, 4'-N-[¹³C]methyl piperazine CN adduct was not detected without liver microsome or NADPH present. The biologic and toxicological implications of bioactivation via the second pathway necessitate further investigation because these one-carbon donors for the formation of reactive iminium ions could be endogenous and readily available in vivo. PMID:23431111

  15. Chemical evolution of bentonite buffer in a KBS-3 type spent fuel repository from thermal to post glacial phase

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. The very long-term interaction between the bentonite buffer and ground waters present in a KBS-3 spent fuel repository has not been studied systematically, although this evolution is the base scenario in safety-case studies. In long-term safety considerations one must take into account all successive disturbances a bentonite buffer may have experienced (even short-term ones), as the effects of these are often irreversible. The interaction starts soon after the installation of bentonite blocks, when water is intruding into a deposition hole. The initially partially dry compacted bentonite starts to saturate and swell under the temperature gradient resulting from the heat formed by decaying radionuclides inside a copper canister. However, heat formation will decrease with time and bentonite will achieve full saturation after about one thousand years. The groundwater composition is estimated to change during the first 100,000 years from saline to extremely dilute, the latter likely encountered during the post-glacial phase. The bentonite is in contact with groundwater through a water-conducting fracture and possibly through excavation damaged and spalling zones formed around the deposition hole. An interesting question is the extent to which this coupling can slow down chemical changes in bentonite. Another important process affecting the evolution is the chemical alteration of the primary minerals in bentonite (i.e. montmorillonite and the accessory minerals). Swelling and other mechanical phenomena are important during the saturation of the buffer, but implementing these to our reactive transport models is beyond the scope of this paper. The implementing remains, however, the final aim. In this work, 2D reactive transport (TOUGHREACT v. 1.0) and some 3D COMSOL Multiphysics (COMSOL 2008) model calculations have been carried out on the chemical evolution of bentonite buffer from the operational phase of the repository

  16. Study on bentonite-based buffer material of radioactive waste disposal facility. Influence of cement leachate on bentonite impermeability

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    Cementitious materials and bentonite are planned for use as engineered barriers for the disposal of TRU waste from nuclear fuel reprocessing. When groundwater penetrates cementitious material, hyperalkaline water containing Ca ions may leach out and change bentonite physicochemically, resulting in degradation of its barrier performance. Furthermore, ion concentration of groundwater may increase due to dissolution of nitrate salt in some wastes. To investigate the hydraulic characteristics of bentonite under the disposal environment, hydraulic conductivity tests were performed using hyperalkaline solutions that imitate cement leachate and sodium nitrate solution. It was shown that ion concentration of permeant solution and exchangeable cation type of smectite had a large impact on bentonite impermeability. (author)

  17. Dual swelling mechanism model for saturated and unsaturated compacted bentonite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. In the current concept of repository for radioactive waste disposal, compacted bentonite as well as bentonite-based material will be used as an engineered barrier mainly for inhibiting migration of radioactive nuclides. Since compacted bentonite swells when it is saturated, dry density of compacted bentonite will be redistributed and container of radioactive wastes will move during infiltration of underground water. Accurate evaluation of these events is effective in decreasing uncertainty in long term safety evaluation of radioactive waste facilities. However, sufficient evaluation is not conducted because behaviour of bentonite material during saturation process is not clarified sufficiently. Thus, stress-strain model of bentonite material during saturation process is proposed and applicability of the model is investigated. It is well known that compacted bentonite swells with large deformation by infiltration of water. Swelling behaviour of bentonite is mainly attributable to osmotic pressure caused by the difference between concentration of ions inside of montmorillonite flakes and that outside of montmorillonite flakes. Thus, swelling which is attributable to osmotic pressure is named 'swelling by osmotic pressure' here. By contrast, unsaturated ordinary clay swells or shrinks during infiltration of water without effect of osmotic pressure. Since this phenomenon is mainly attributable to reduction of suction during infiltration of water, it is reasonable to assume that unsaturated bentonite swells or shrinks during infiltration of water by reduction of suction. Thus, swelling which is attributable to reduction of suction is named 'swelling by reduction of suction' here. It is assumed in this paper that swelling by osmotic pressure occurs when bentonite is fully saturated, while swelling by reduction of suction occurs when bentonite is unsaturated. Swelling deformation under a constant vertical load is measured

  18. Modelling interaction of deep groundwaters with bentonite and radionuclide speciation

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    In the safety analysis recently reported for a potential Swiss high-level waste repository, radionuclide speciation and solubility limits are calculated for expected granitic groundwater conditions. With the objective of deriving a more realistic description of radionuclide release from the near-field, an investigation has been initiated to quantitatively specify the chemistry of the near-field. In the Swiss case, the main components of the near-field are the glass waste-matrix, a thick steel canister horizontally emplaced in a drift, and a backfill of highly compacted sodium bentonite. This report describes a thermodynamic model which is used to estimate the chemical composition of the pore water in compacted sodium bentonite. Solubility limits and speciation of important actinides and the fission product technetium in the bentonite pore water are then calculated. The model is based on available experimental data on the interaction of sodium bentonite and groundwater and represents means of extrapolation from laboratory data to repository conditions. The modelled composition of the pore water of compacted sodium bentonite, as well as the various compositions resulting from the long-term extrapolation, are used to estimate radionuclide solubilities in the near-field of a deep repository. From the chemical point of view, calcium bentonite seems to be more stable than sodium bentonite in the presence of Swiss Reference Groundwater. Since the effect of calcium bentonite on the groundwater chemical composition will be considerably less marked than that of sodium bentonite, especially with respect to key parameters for the nuclide speciation like carbonate concentration and pH, the use of calcium bentonite instead of sodium bentonite will improve the reliability in the prediction of source terms for radionuclide transport in the geosphere. (author)

  19. Influence of selected factors on strontium sorption on bentonites

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    Sorption on bentonite will play an important role in retarding the migration of radionuclides from a waste repository. Bentonite is a natural clay and one of the most promising candidates for use as a buffer material in the geological disposal systems for high-level nuclear waste. It is intended to isolate metal canisters with highly radioactive waste products from the surrounding rocks because of its ability to retard the movement of radionuclides by sorption. Bentonite is characterized by low permeability, water swelling capability and excellent sorption potential for cationic radionuclides. To correctly assess the sorption potential of radionuclides on bentonite is essential for the development of predictive migration models. The sorption of strontium on bentonite from different Slovak deposits - Jelsovy potok, Kopernica and Lieskovec has been investigated under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, sorbate concentrations, presence of complementary cation. Sorption was studied using the batch technique. The uptake of Sr was rapid and equilibrium was reached almost instantaneously. The instantaneous uptake may be due to adsorption and/or exchange of the metal with some ions on the surface of the adsorbent. The best sorption characteristics distinguish bentonite Kopernica, sorption capacity for Sr of the fraction under 45 mm is 0,48 mmol·g-1 for Sr. The highest values of distribution coefficient were reached for the bentonite Jelsovy potok. Radiation stability has been investigated, the higher sorption parameters were observed for the irradiated bentonites, which can be explained by the increase of specific surface of the bentonite samples. The presence of complementary cations depresses the sorption of Sr on bentonite. Cations Ca2+ exhibit higher effect on cesium sorption than the Na2+ ions. Results indicate that the sorption of Sr2+ on bentonite will be affected by the presence of high concentrations of various salts in the waste water

  20. Reactivity of the cement-bentonite interface with alkaline solutions using transport cells

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    Fernandez, Raul [Dpto. Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Cuevas, Jaime [Dpto. Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)]. E-mail: jaime.cuevas@uam.es; Sanchez, Laura [Dpto. Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Villa, Raquel Vigil de la [Dpto. Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Leguey, Santiago [Dpto. Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

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    Clayey formations are considered as suitable host rocks to develop a Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for nuclear wastes. A concrete ring, located between the clayey formation and the bentonite barrier, is needed as structural support for the galleries. This material will act as a source of alkaline fluids when the formation's pore water saturates the system. This investigation evaluates the performance of the concrete-bentonite system by means of both geochemical codes and experimental results. A column made of compacted bentonite from La Serrata (Almeria, Spain) (1.4 g/cm{sup 3}, dry density) was held in contact with an ordinary Portland cement (OPC) mortar. Two alkaline solutions (Ca(OH){sub 2} saturated and NaOH 0.25 M) were injected from the mortar's side at 25, 60 and 120 deg. C. The permeability of the system and the effluent fluid composition were determined periodically. Finally, the solid phase was sampled and analyzed after 1 year of treatment. Ca(OH){sub 2} saturated fluids does not alter the mineralogy over the experiment time scale. NaOH fluids produced minor changes at 60-25 deg. C but at 120 deg. C a thin tobermorite layer of 1.5 mm precipitates in the clay aggregate surfaces at the interface. After this layer, analcime nucleates in heterogeneous patches affecting the whole compacted bentonite probe (2 cm thickness). The use of the PHREEQC code thermodynamic approach predicts the mineralogical transformations. However, it is necessary to introduce kinetic laws and to consider the existence of stagnant zones in the model in order to simulate the heterogeneous spatial alteration observed.

  1. Analog earthquakes

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    Hofmann, R.B. [Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, San Antonio, TX (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Analogs are used to understand complex or poorly understood phenomena for which little data may be available at the actual repository site. Earthquakes are complex phenomena, and they can have a large number of effects on the natural system, as well as on engineered structures. Instrumental data close to the source of large earthquakes are rarely obtained. The rare events for which measurements are available may be used, with modfications, as analogs for potential large earthquakes at sites where no earthquake data are available. In the following, several examples of nuclear reactor and liquified natural gas facility siting are discussed. A potential use of analog earthquakes is proposed for a high-level nuclear waste (HLW) repository.

  2. Study of the photon-induced formation and subsequent desorption of CH3 OH and H2 CO in interstellar ice analogs

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    Martín-Doménech, R; Cruz-Díaz, G A

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    Methanol and formaldehyde are two simple organic molecules that are ubiquitously detected in the interstellar medium. An origin in the solid phase and a subsequent nonthermal desorption into the gas phase is often invoked to explain their abundances in some of the environments where they are found. Experimental simulations under astrophysically relevant conditions have been carried out to find a suitable mechanism for that process. We explore the in situ formation and subsequent photon-induced desorption of these species, studying the UV photoprocessing of pure ethanol ice, and a more realistic binary H2O:CH4 ice analog. Ice samples deposited onto an infrared transparent window at 8 K were UV-irradiated using a microwave-discharged hydrogen flow lamp. Evidence of photochemical production of these two species and subsequent UV-photon-induced desorption into the gas phase were searched for by means of a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and a quadrupole mass spectrometer, respectively. Formation of CH3OH ...

  3. Granular bentonite production as buffer material for a full-scale emplacement ('FE') experiment

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. In the Swiss repository concept for the disposal of spent fuel (SF) and high-level vitrified waste (HLW), the canisters are emplaced in galleries surrounded by a bentonite buffer. These engineered barriers with favourable and well-known properties and predictable performance provide the secondary containment of the waste. The bentonite buffer has the following functions: a) to keep the canisters in place and protect them by homogenising the stress field; b) to mechanically stabilise the space between the canisters and the geological barrier; c) to act as a transport barrier for radionuclides and as a barrier for colloids; d) to ensure low corrosion rates of both the canister and the waste form and e) to limit microbial activity. In order to provide these functions, it is necessary for at least a significant part of the thickness of bentonite not to be altered in an unacceptable way by temperature or chemical interaction with the formation water or corrosion products of the canister. The FE experiment ('Full-Scale Emplacement Experiment') at Mont Terri URL, which develops and demonstrates on a 1:1 scale of the Swiss repository concept for disposal of SF and HLW in Opalinus Clay, is supported by the LUCOEX project, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the seventh Euratom research and training Framework Programme on nuclear energy. In this poster, a strategy based on previous experiences and the production concept based on current technology for producing a granular bentonite is presented. The main objectives of manufacturing granular bentonite for the LUCOEX/FE project are as follows: - Production of a suitable grain size distribution of the granules in order to achieve a target emplacement density and homogeneous emplacement; - Optimization of different parameters during the production process; - Evaluation of rational production processes for the production of suitable granular material; - Development

  4. Mineralogy and geochemistry of bauxite and bentonite deposits from Mozambique

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    Dos Muchangos, A.C.

    2000-01-01

    Results of mineralogical and geochemical studies of bauxites, kaolinitic clays and bentoniteS from Mozambique are presented in this thesis. The bauxite and kaolinitic clay deposits in Penhalonga area (in the central western part of Mozambique) are associated with Precambrian magmatic rocks and the b

  5. Modelling the induced polarization of bentonite-sand mixtures

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    Leroy, Philippe; Ghorbani, Ahmad; Revil, André; Cosenza, P.; Okay, G.

    2014-01-01

    Spectral induced polarization (SIP) has become an increasingly popular geophysical method for hydrogeological and environmental applications. These applications include for instance the non-intrusive characterization of the textural and interfacial physicochemical properties of bentonites used as permeability barriers in landfills or to store various types of contaminants including radioactive wastes. Bentonites are mainly constituted of smectites, which have very high specific surface areas ...

  6. Filtration behavior of organic substance through a compacted bentonite

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    Filtration behavior of organic substance through a compacted bentonite was investigated. Na-type bentonite containing 30wt% of quartz sand was compacted in a column and the dry density was adjusted to be 1.6 g/cm3. Polyacrylic acid solution (including three types of polyacrylic acid, average molecular weight 2,100, 15,000 and 450,000) was prepared and was passed through the compacted bentonite. Molecular weight distributions of polyacrylic acid in the effluent solution were analysed by GPC (Gel Permeation Chromatography). A batch type experiment was also carried out in order to examine a sorption behavior of these organic substances onto the surfaces of grains of the bentonite. The results indicated that the smaller size polyacrylic acid (molecular weight < 100,000) was passed through the compacted bentonite. On the other hand, the larger size polyacrylic acid (molecular weight ≥100,000) was mostly filtrated by the compacted bentonite. The batch type sorption tests clarified that the polyacrylic acid did not sorb onto the surfaces of minerals constituting the bentonite. Therefore it was suggested that the larger size molecules (≥100,000) of organic substances could be predominantly filtrated by the microstructure of the compacted bentonite. (author)

  7. Diffusion behavior for Se and Zr in sodium-bentonite

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    Apparent diffusion coefficients for Se and Zr in bentonite were measured by in-diffusion method at room temperature using water-saturated sodium-bentonite, Kunigel V1 reg-sign containing 50wt% Na-smectite as a major mineral was used as the bentonite material. The experiments were carried out in the dry density range of 400--1,800 kg/m3. Bentonite samples were immersed with distilled water and saturated before the experiments. The experiments for Se were carried out under N2 atmospheric condition (O2: 2.5ppm). Those for Zr were carried out under aerobic condition. The apparent diffusion coefficients decrease with increasing density of the bentonite. Since dominant species of Se in the pore water is predicted to be SeO32-, Se may be retarded by anion-exclusion because of negative charge on the surface of the bentonite and little sorption. The dominant species of Zr in the porewater is predicted to be Zr(OH)5- or HZrO3-. Distribution coefficient measured for Zr on the bentonite was about 1.0 m3/kg from batch experiments. Therefore, the retardation may be caused by combination of the sorption and the anion-exclusion. A modeling for the diffusion mechanisms in the bentonite were discussed based on an electric double layer theory. Comparison between the apparent diffusion coefficients predicted by the model and the measured ones shows a good agreement

  8. Long-term Corrosion of Copper Container in Bentonite Buffer

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    The experimental method for the evaluation of copper corrosion was discussed in this report. Especially, the corrosion behavior of a copper container in a compacted bentonite environment was reviewed in detail. Several previous studies on the copper corrosion in a bentonite environment were summarized and the applied methods were illustrated firstly. On the basis of the review, it is discussed how to execute long-term copper corrosion test as regarding korean disposal environment. The selection of bentonite medium and the composition of a medium such as bentonite-sand mixture or bentonite-sand double layer was mentioned in this report. The need for protection layer on copper surface was also discussed for reducing initial copper corrosion rate. As key aspects on the corrosion test, a measuring of corrosion rate, an observation of surface morphology, an analysis of corrosion product, and a measuring of corrosion potential were pointed out. For the purpose of a experimental consistency, the necessity of standard composition for a bentonite and a underground water might be confirmed before the test. Consequently, three experimental designs were derived for the corrosion test such as a corrosion testing design at creep condition, a simple corrosion design for the evaluation for other candidate materials, and lastly, a corrosion testing design in compacted bentonite. Through this survey and discussion for a copper corrosion in bentonite environment it would be very helpful for a high level radioactive waste disposal plan in the future

  9. Remediation of distilleries wastewater using chitosan immobilized Bentonite and Bentonite based organoclays.

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    El-Dib, F I; Tawfik, F M; Eshaq, Gh; Hefni, H H H; ElMetwally, A E

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic nanocomposite, namely chitosan immobilized Bentonite (CIB) with chitosan content of 5% was synthesized in an acetic acid solution (2%). Organically modified CIB and Bentonite (mbent.) were prepared by intercalating cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant at doses equivalent to 1.5 and 3 times the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of clay. The prepared samples were characterized using FTIR, XRD and SEM to explore the interlayer structure and morphology of the resultant nanocomposites. The remediation of distilleries (vinasse) wastewater process was carried out using different adsorbents including CIB, modified CIB (mCIB), Bentonite (bent.), modified Bentonite (mbent.) and chitosan at different contact time. The results showed that the packing density of surfactant used in the synthesis of organoclays strongly affects the sorption capacity of the clay mineral and also showed that (mCIB)3 was found to be the most effective sorbent in the purification of distilleries wastewater with 83% chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction and 78% color removal. PMID:26840179

  10. Effect of sulfuric acid concentration of bentonite and calcination time of pillared bentonite

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    Mara, Ady; Wijaya, Karna; Trisunaryati, Wega; Mudasir

    2016-04-01

    An activation of natural clay has been developed. Activation was applied by refluxing the natural bentonite in variation of the sulfuric acid concentration and calcination time of pillared bentonite (PLC). Calcination was applied using oven in microwave 2,45 GHz. Determination of acidity was applied by measuring the amount of adsorbed ammonia and pyridine. Morphological, functional groups and chrystanility characterizations were analyzed using SEM, TEM, FTIR and XRD. Porosity was analyzed using SSA. The results showed that the greater of the concentration of sulfuric acid and calcination time was, the greater the acidity of bentonite as well as the pore diameter were. FTIR spectra showed no fundamental changes in the structure of the natural bentonite, SEM, and TEM images were showing an increase in space or field due to pillarization while the XRD patterns showed a shift to a lower peak. Optimization was obtained at a concentration of 2 M of sulfuric acid and calcination time of 20 minutes, keggin ion of 2.2 and suspension of 10 mmol, respectively each amounted to 11.7490 mmol/gram of ammonia and 2.4437 mmol/gram of pyridine with 154.6391 m2/gram for surface area, 0.130470 m3/gram of pore volume and 3.37484 nm of pore diameter.

  11. Greek lignites as additives for controlling filtration properties of water-bentonite suspensions at high temperatures

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    Vassilios C. Kelessidis; Christina Tsamantaki; Athanasios Michalakis; George E. Christidis; Pagona Makri; Kassiani Papanicolaou; Antonios Foscolos [Technical University of Crete, Chania (Greece). Department of Mineral Resources Engineering

    2007-05-15

    The effectiveness of Greek lignites to control the filtration characteristics of water-bentonite suspensions and to minimize formation damage at high temperatures was studied. Twenty-six lignite samples from various peat/lignite deposits in Greece were used together with a commercial lignite product. The contents of humic and fulvic acids, humins, oxygen, ash and the cation exchange capacity of lignite samples were examined with respect to fluid loss of these suspensions. The results show that most samples provided very good filtration control of the water-bentonite suspensions after exposure to 177{sup o}C with some being superior to the commercial product. Better performance was observed after addition of 3% w/v lignite. Total humic and fulvic acids as percentage of dry lignite matter and the organic matter as lignite percentage showed a weak inverse correlation with the fluid loss volumes. 60 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Adsorption behavior of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite

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    Adsorption behavior of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite as a function of the factors of aqueous phase pH value, 239Pu initial concentration and ionic species is studied by static adsorption experiments in this paper. The following results are obtained. Adsorption equilibrium time of 239Pu by Gaomiaozi bentonite samples is about 24 h, and the adsorption distribution ratio Kd value of 239Pu increases with the pH value, but decreases with increasing initial concentration of 239Pu. And adsorption of 239Pu by bentonite samples with different ionic species show that anions affect the most on adsorption of bentonite is CO32-, followed by HCO3- and SO42-, whereas Cl- and NO3- hardly have any influence on the adsorption of bentonite. (authors)

  13. Enhanced shear strength of sodium bentonite using frictional additives

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    Schmitt, K.E. [GeoSyntec Consultants, Huntington Beach, CA (United States); Bowders, J.J.; Gilbert, R.B. [Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States); Daniel, D.E. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)

    1997-12-31

    One of the most important obstacles to using geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) in landfill cover systems is the low shear strength provided by the bentonitic portion of the GCL. In this study, the authors propose that granular, frictional materials might be added to the bentonite to form an admixture that would have greater shear strength than the bentonite alone while still raining low hydraulic conductivity. Bentonite was mixed with two separate granular additives, expanded shale and recycled to form mixtures consisting of 20-70% bentonite by weight. In direct shear tests at normal stresses of 34.5-103.5 kPa, effective friction angles were measured as 45{degrees} for the expanded 36{degrees} for the recycled glass, and 7{degrees} for the hydrated granular bentonite. The strength of the expanded shale mixtures increased nearly linearly as the percentage shale in the mixture increased, to 44{degrees} for a bentonite mixture with 80% shale. The addition of recycled glass showed little effect on the shear strength of the mixtures of glass and bentonite. Hydraulic conductivity measurements for both types of mixtures indicated a linear increase with log(k) as the amount of granular additive increased. For applications involving geosynthetic clay liners for cover systems, a mixture of 40% expanded shale and 60% bentonite is recommended, although further testing must be done. The 40/60 mixture satisfies the hydraulic equivalency requirement, with k = 5.1X10{sup -9} cm/sec, while increasing the shear strength parameters of the bentonitic mixture to {phi}{prime} = 17{degrees} and c{prime} = 0.

  14. Sorption of Cadmium on Na-Bentonite

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    The sorption of Cd radionuclide into Na-bentonite as candidate for buffer material in the radioactive waste disposal system has been performed. Cadmium was used for this study as a model for bivalence elements. Batch experiment was adopted to study sorption isotherm, influence of carbonate and influence of EDTA. In a simple media, pure water, Cd was retained with a high affinity. Two stages Freundlich sorption isotherm was shown, with high coefficient distribution and sorption capacities. It is shown that the presence of carbonate in solution was not affect significantly to the sorption. While the presence of EDTA, decrease the distribution coefficient value. (author)

  15. Development of analytical technique of alteration minerals formed in bentonite by the reaction with alkaline solution

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    Bentonite will be used as a buffer material, according to the TRU waste disposal concept in Japan, to retard radionuclides migration, to restrict seepage of ground water and to filtrate colloids. One of the concern about the buffer material is the long term alteration of bentonite with cementitious material. Long term alteration of bentonite-based materials with alkaline solution has been studied by means of analytical approaches, coupling mass transport and chemical reactions, which suggest changes in various properties of buffer materials. Long term performance assessment of engineered barriers under disposal conditions is important to achieve a reasonable design, eliminating excessive conservatism in the safety assessment. Therefore it is essential for improving the reliance of the performance assessment to verify the analytical results through alteration tests and/or natural analogue. The geochemical analyses indicate that major alteration reactions involve dissolution of portlandite, chalcedony and montmorillonite and formation of C-S-H gel and analcime at the interface between cement and bentonite. However, in the alteration tests assuming interaction between bentonite and cement, secondary minerals due to alteration under the expected condition for geological disposal (equilibrated water with cement at low liquid/solid ratio) had not been observed, though the alteration was observed under accelerated hyper alkaline and high temperatures conditions. The reason is considered that it is difficult to analyze C-S-H gel formed at the interface because of its small quantity. One of examples is the Kunigel V1, a potential buffer material in Japan, which consists of montmorillonite, chalcedony, plagioclase, and calcite. In the XRD analysis of the Kunigel V 1, the locations of the primary peak of the calcite and that of the C-S-H gel overlap, which makes identification of small quantity of C-S-H gel formed as a secondary mineral difficult. Thus development of

  16. Adsorption of aniline, phenol, and chlorophenols on pure and modified bentonite

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    Yildiz, A.; Gür, A.; Ceylan, H.

    2006-11-01

    In the present study, pure bentonite and bentonite modified by HNO3, EDTA, and HDTMA are adsorbents. The changes on the surfaces of bentonite samples are studied by IR spectroscopy. The adsorption of aniline, phenol, and phenol derivatives on these adsorbents is examined by means of gas chromatography. As the result of these examinations, it is seen that the adsorption capacities of clay-organic complexes (bentonite-EDTA and bentonite-HDTMA) are higher than those of bentonite-HNO3 and pure bentonite.

  17. Catalytic Polymerization of Acrylonitrile by Khulays Bentonite

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    Matar M. Al-Esaimi

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The aqueous polymerization of acrylonitrile (AN catalyzed with exchanged Khulays bentonite . The influence of various polymerization parameters ( e.g., concentrations of Potassium Persulfate (K2S2O8 and monomer , various of organic solvents, and different temperature has been investigated. It was found that the rate of polymerization of AN was found to be dependent on monomer concentration, initiator and temperature. The activation energy of polymerization was calculated .Thermal properties of the polymer were studied by TGA and DSC techniques. © 2007 CREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.Received: 5 February 2007; Received in revised: 19 April 2007; Accepted: 7 May 2007[How to Cite: M. M. Al-Esaimi. (2007. Catalytic Polymerization of Acrylonitrile by Khulays Bentonite. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 2 (2-3: 32-36.  doi:10.9767/bcrec.2.1.4.6-10][How to Link/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.2.1.4.6-10 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/4] 

  18. Sorption of Uranium(VI) and Thorium(IV) by Jordanian Bentonite

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    Fawwaz I. Khalili; Salameh, Najla'a H.; Mona M. Shaybe

    2013-01-01

    Purification of raw bentonite was done to remove quartz. This includes mixing the raw bentonite with water and then centrifuge it at 750 rpm; this process is repeated until white purified bentonite is obtained. XRD, XRF, FTIR, and SEM techniques will be used for the characterization of purified bentonite. The sorption behavior of purified Jordanian bentonite towards and Th4+ metal ions in aqueous solutions was studied by batch experiment as a function of pH, contact time, temperature,...

  19. Mineralogical investigations of the interaction between iron corrosion products and bentonite from the NF-PRO Experiments (Phase 1)

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    Milodowski, A.E.; Cave, M.R.; Kemp, S.J.; Taylor, B.H.; Vickers, B.P.; Green, K.A.; Williams, C.L.; Shaw, R.A. (British Geological Survey (United Kingdom))

    2009-01-15

    This report summarises the findings of a programme of work under taken by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of SKB, to characterise the mineralogical alteration of compacted bentonite from experiments designed to study the interaction between iron corrosion and bentonite. The experiments were undertaken by Serco Assurance (Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom), and were co-funded by SKB within the EU Framework 6 NF-PRO Project. Reacted bentonite residues from three NF-PRO Experiments - NFC12, NFC16 and NFC17 were examined by BGS using; X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD); petrographical analysis with backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BSEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXA) techniques, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and exchangeable cation analysis; and sequential chemical extraction. Bentonite immediately adjacent to corroding steel was found to have interacted with Fe released from the corroding metal. This resulted in the formation of narrow haloes of altered bentonite around the corroding steel wires, in which the clay matrix was significantly enriched in Fe. Detailed petrographical observation found no evidence for the formation of discrete iron oxide or iron oxyhydroxide phases within the clay matrix but appeared to show that the clay particles themselves had become enriched in Fe. XRD observations indicated a slight increase in d002/d003 peak ratio, which could possibly be accounted for by a small amount of substitution of Fe into the octahedral layers of the montmorillonite. If correct, then this alteration might represent the early stages of conversion of the dioctahedral montmorillonite to an iron-rich dioctahedral smectite such as nontronite. Alternatively, the same effect may have been produced as a result of the displacement of exchangeable interlayer cations by Fe and subsequent conversion to form additional Fe-rich octahedral layers. In either case, the XRD results are consistent with the petrographical

  20. Mineralogical investigations of the interaction between iron corrosion products and bentonite from the NF-PRO Experiments (Phase 1)

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    This report summarises the findings of a programme of work under taken by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of SKB, to characterise the mineralogical alteration of compacted bentonite from experiments designed to study the interaction between iron corrosion and bentonite. The experiments were undertaken by Serco Assurance (Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom), and were co-funded by SKB within the EU Framework 6 NF-PRO Project. Reacted bentonite residues from three NF-PRO Experiments - NFC12, NFC16 and NFC17 were examined by BGS using; X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD); petrographical analysis with backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BSEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXA) techniques, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and exchangeable cation analysis; and sequential chemical extraction. Bentonite immediately adjacent to corroding steel was found to have interacted with Fe released from the corroding metal. This resulted in the formation of narrow haloes of altered bentonite around the corroding steel wires, in which the clay matrix was significantly enriched in Fe. Detailed petrographical observation found no evidence for the formation of discrete iron oxide or iron oxyhydroxide phases within the clay matrix but appeared to show that the clay particles themselves had become enriched in Fe. XRD observations indicated a slight increase in d002/d003 peak ratio, which could possibly be accounted for by a small amount of substitution of Fe into the octahedral layers of the montmorillonite. If correct, then this alteration might represent the early stages of conversion of the dioctahedral montmorillonite to an iron-rich dioctahedral smectite such as nontronite. Alternatively, the same effect may have been produced as a result of the displacement of exchangeable interlayer cations by Fe and subsequent conversion to form additional Fe-rich octahedral layers. In either case, the XRD results are consistent with the petrographical

  1. Engineering Properties of Bentonite Stabilized with Lime and Phosphogypsum

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    Kumar Sujeet

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Engineering properties such as compaction, unconfined compressive strength, consistency limits, percentage swell, free swell index, the California bearing ratio and the consolidation of bentonite stabilized with lime and phosphogypsum are presented in this paper. The content of the lime and phosphogypsum varied from 0 to 10 %. The results reveal that the dry unit weight and optimum moisture content of bentonite + 8 % lime increased with the addition of 8 % phosphogypsum. The percentage of swell increased and the free swell index decreased with the addition of 8 % phosphogypsum to the bentonite + 8 % lime mix. The unconfined compressive strength of the bentonite + 8 % lime increased with the addition of 8 % phosphogypsum as well as an increase in the curing period up to 14 days. The liquid limit and plastic limit of the bentonite + 8 % lime increased, whereas the plasticity index remained constant with the addition of 8 % phosphogypsum. The California bearing ratio, modulus of subgrade reaction, and secant modulus increased for the bentonite stabilized with lime and phosphogypsum. The coefficient of the consolidation of the bentonite increased with the addition of 8 % lime and no change with the addition of 8 % phosphogypsum.

  2. Colloid chemical aspects of the ''confined bentonite concept''

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    Measurements of the amount of particles released from a bentonite gel by light scattering and visual inspection show that while particles are released in distilled water, the gel will be coagulated if in contact with ground water and consequently the release of particles is negligibly small. Studies of sedimentation volumes by ultracentrifugation also clearly indicate that the bentonite in contact with ground water under the repository pressure will form a completely stable coagulated gel. The swelling of confined bentonite was studied in an ''artificial crack'' of width 0.5 mm. The bentonite flowed readily into this crack and into the much narrower crack formed when the cell was broken. The swelling properties of the bentonite at the repository depth are discussed. It is argued that the gel, if sufficient volume is available, will swell spontaneously to a volume that is approximately 30 % larger than the initial one and then form a stable, coagulated gel containing 30-35 % water in equilibrium with the ground water. Investigations of the diffusion of colloidal matter (sodium lignosulphonate molecules of mean diameter 6 nm) and calcium ions into a dilute bentonite gel show that colloidal matter very probably will have a negligible rate of diffusion while the calcium ions diffuse rapidly. This implies that the initial bentonite gel which is partially in its sodium form will be completely exchanged to its calcium form when brought into contact with ground water which ensures that it will remain coagulated even in its swollen state

  3. Study on adsorption of 237Np on bentonite

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    The performance of adsorbing 237Np for bentonite as buffer/backfill material was investigated. The adsorption coefficients of 237Np were determined for three kinds of bentonite under atmosphere and anoxic atmosphere. Further, it was studied that Kd values were affected by pH and CO32-. The results are shown as follows: (1) Distribution coefficients Kd under atmosphere: for mixed-bentonite is 47.3 mL/g, for Mg-bentonite 52.0 mL/g and for Ca-bentonite 42.4 mL/g; and the corresponding Kd under anoxic atmosphere: 89.3 mL/g, 38.8 mL/g and 29.0 mL/g, respectively. (2) When pH was lower than 9.2, Kd of the mixed-bentonite increased with the increase of pH and the maxi-mumt Kd value appeared at pH 9.2. (3) Kd of the mixed-bentonite got lower in high carbonate concentration when the total neptunium concentration was smaller than the solubility of NaNpO2CO3. (author)

  4. Bacterial Diversity in Bentonites, Engineered Barrier for Deep Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes.

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    Lopez-Fernandez, Margarita; Cherkouk, Andrea; Vilchez-Vargas, Ramiro; Jauregui, Ruy; Pieper, Dietmar; Boon, Nico; Sanchez-Castro, Ivan; Merroun, Mohamed L

    2015-11-01

    The long-term disposal of radioactive wastes in a deep geological repository is the accepted international solution for the treatment and management of these special residues. The microbial community of the selected host rocks and engineered barriers for the deep geological repository may affect the performance and the safety of the radioactive waste disposal. In this work, the bacterial population of bentonite formations of Almeria (Spain), selected as a reference material for bentonite-engineered barriers in the disposal of radioactive wastes, was studied. 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene-based approaches were used to study the bacterial community of the bentonite samples by traditional clone libraries and Illumina sequencing. Using both techniques, the bacterial diversity analysis revealed similar results, with phylotypes belonging to 14 different bacterial phyla: Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, Armatimonadetes, Bacteroidetes, Chloroflexi, Cyanobacteria, Deinococcus-Thermus, Firmicutes, Gemmatimonadetes, Planctomycetes, Proteobacteria, Nitrospirae, Verrucomicrobia and an unknown phylum. The dominant groups of the community were represented by Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes. A high diversity was found in three of the studied samples. However, two samples were less diverse and dominated by Betaproteobacteria. PMID:26024740

  5. Modelling interaction of deep groundwaters with bentonite and radionuclide speciation

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    In the safety analysis recently reported for a potential Swiss high-level waste repository, radionuclide speciation and solubility limits are calculated for expected granitic groundwater conditions. With the objective of deriving a more realistic description of radionuclide release from the near-field, an investigation has been initiated to quantitatively specify the chemistry of the near-field. In the Swiss case, the main components of the near-field are the glass waste-matrix, a thick steel canister horizontally emplaced in a drift, and a backfill of highly compacted sodium bentonite. This report describes a thermodynamic model which is used to estimate the chemical composition of the pore water in compacted sodium bentonite. Solubility limits and speciation of important actinides and the fission product technetium in the bentonite pore water are then calculated. The model is based on available experimental data on the interaction of sodium bentonite and groundwater and represents means of extrapolation from laboratory data to repository conditions. The basic reactions between sodium bentonite and groundwater are described by an ion-exchange model for sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. The model assumes equilibrium with calcite as long as sufficient carbonates remain in the bentonite, as well as quartz saturation. It is calculated that the pore water of compacted sodium bentonite saturated with Swiss Reference Groundwater will have a pH value of 9.7 and a free carbonate activity of 8x10-4 M. The long-term situation is modelled by the assumption that the near-field of a deep repository behaves like a mixing tank. In this way, an attempt is made to account for the continuous water exchange between the near-field and the host rock. It is found that sodium bentonite will be slowly converted to calcium bentonite. This conversion is roughly estimated to be completed after 2 million years

  6. Mineralogical investigations of the interaction between iron corrosion products and bentonite from the NF-PRO Experiments (Phase 2)

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    Milodowski, A.E.; Cave, M.R.; Kemp, S.J.; Taylor, B.H.; Green, K.A.; Williams, C.L.; Shaw, R.A.; Gowing, C.J.B.; Eatherington, N.D. (British Geological Survey (United Kingdom))

    2009-01-15

    This report describes the findings of a second programme of work (Phase 2) undertaken by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of SKB, to characterise the mineralogical alteration of samples of compacted bentonite from experiments that SKB have co-funded in a study by Serco Assurance (Culham Laboratory, UK) to investigate the interaction of iron and bentonite, within the EU Framework 6 NF-PRO Project. Reacted bentonite residues from four NF-PRO Experiments - NFC1, NFC4, NFC7 and NFC13 were examined by BGS using; X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD); petrographical analysis with backscattered scanning electron microscopy (BSEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXA) techniques, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and exchangeable cation analysis; and sequential chemical extraction. In addition, background chemical analysis of altered and background bentonite were also obtained by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRFS). Bentonite immediately adjacent to corroding steel wires was found to have interacted with Fe released from the corroding metal. This resulted in the formation of narrow haloes of altered bentonite around the corroding steel wires, in which the clay matrix was significantly enriched in Fe. Similar observations were observed in bentonite around corroded iron coupons (observed in experiments NFC4 and NFC7 only), although the alteration zones were not as well developed in comparison to those around corroded steel wires. Detailed petrographical observation found no evidence for the formation discrete iron oxide or iron oxyhydroxide phases within the clay matrix but appeared to show that the clay particles themselves had become enriched in Fe. However, data from sequential chemical extraction suggests that a significant proportion (26 to 68%) of the iron in the altered bentonite is present as amorphous iron oxide or crystalline iron oxides (15 to 33% of the total iron). Some of the crystalline iron is present as primary magnetite and ilmenite

  7. Effects of polyethyleneimine adsorption on rheology of bentonite suspensions

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    A Alemdar; N Öztekin; F B Erim; Ö I Ece; N Güngör

    2005-06-01

    The influence of the cationic polymer, polyethyleneimine polymer (PEI) on the flow behaviour of bentonite suspensions (2%, w/w), was studied. XRD, zeta potential and adsorption studies were done together with rheological measurements. The addition of PEI at concentration ranges of 10-5–4.5 g/l and their rheological properties and stability of bentonite suspensions were studied. The adsorption rates for the bentonite suspensions are very fast. The XRD results showed that the PEG molecules did not intercalate into the layers of the clay.

  8. Diffusion of chloride and uranium in compacted sodium bentonite

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    The authors discuss the measurement of sorption and diffusion of chloride (Cl-36) and uranium in compacted sodium bentonite MX-80. No sorption was observed in the sorption tests, however, in the diffusion tests slight sorption of uranium was noticed. The diffusivities of Cl-36 were found to be strongly dependent on the compaction of bentonite and on the salt concentration of the solution. Ion-exclusion can propably explain these phenomena. The diffusivities of uranium were also strongly dependent on the compaction of bentonite. Uranium shows features of both ion-exclusion and sorption

  9. A research paper of 'the basic sciences of the radioactive waste treatment' (Jul. 28,29, 1994) and 'Interface and surface science of solid waste processing and disposal -differences between cement and bentonite' (Dec. 14, 1995)

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    This report contains copies of OHP at the meetings of which discussions were centered upon the points of sameness and difference between cement and bentonite. There are sixteen papers, eleven in the first meeting and five in the second one. The following studies were read as under, on the first meeting, the role of retardation effect on the safety of high level atomic waste stratum processing, determination of colloid particle diameters by use of fieldflow fractionation, adsorption behavior of uranium, into black mica in granite, masstransfer mechanism of Cs and Se in the compression-bentonite, delay mechanism under conditions of mineral alteration, effects of humus on the behavior of radionuclides in stratum, formation of actinoids - humic acid complex and its effect on adsorption behavior, characteristic properties of water in bentonite, measurement of solubility of uranium and niobium, behavior of colloidal Am in the bentonite, illite - water system, effects of aging deterioration of bentonite on diffusion of nuclides, and on the second meeting, a view of cement materials, chemical behavior and long period stability of cement - relating to Atkinson model -, the present conditions of studies about sorption in cement, chemical properties of pore water in bentonite and interaction of bentonite and nuclides in solid - liquid interface. (S.Y.)

  10. Investigations on uranium sorption on bentonite and montmorillonite, respectively, and uranium in environmental samples; Untersuchungen zur Uransorption an Bentonit bzw. Montmorillonit sowie von Uran in Umweltproben

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    Azeroual, Mohamed

    2010-09-22

    The geotechnical barrier is an important component of a geological repository and consists of compacted bentonite surrounding radioactive waste containers. Its most important functions are, to retard the radionuclide migration into the biosphere and to prevent groundwater contact with containers. lt is therefore of central importance to investigate the bentonite material on its capacity to sorb radionuclides under near-natural chemical and physical conditions. The purpose of this work was to study the adsorption of uranium(VI) on bentonit and on montmorillonite-standards at high uranium concentrations. Thereby, a special account was given to the calcium-uranyl-carbonate complexation, which leads to the formation of very stable and mobile uncharged Ca{sub 2}UO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3} complex. Results of batch experiments showed that the dicalcium-uranyl-tricarbonate complexation lowers the uranium(VI) sorption on natural clay (bentonite) by a factor of up to 3. After 21 days of contact time, about 40 % and 20 % of the initial uranium(VI)concentration were sorbed on Na-bentonite and ea-bentonite, respectively, from a solution with Ca{sub 2}UO{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3} dominating the uranium(VI) speciation. On the contrary, about 55 % of the initial uranium(VI)-concentration were sorbed on thes clays from the solution, in which (UO{sub 2}){sub 2}CO{sub 3}(OH){sub 3}{sup -} complex dominated the uranium(VI) speciation. Thus uranium(VI) sorption is more strongly influenced by the solution composition than by bentonite type. Na-bentonite should be used instead of ea-bentonite as a geotechnical barrier, since calcium-uranyl-carbonate complexation may be a realistic scenario. Further SEM-EDX and HREM-EDX studies showed that uranium(VI) sorption occurred predominantly on montmorillonite, which is the main component of bentonite. Uranium(VI) sorption on bentonite's accessory Minerals (pyrite, calcite, mica, and feldspar) was not observed. Investigation of uranium

  11. Gas transport through saturated bentonite and interfaces

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. The aim of this investigation was the determination of the gas transport properties of saturated compacted bentonite and its interfaces. The bentonite used was the Spanish FEBEX bentonite, which is mainly composed of montmorillonite (more than 90%). For a dry density of 1.6 g/cm3 the saturated permeability of the bentonite is about 5.10-14 m/s, with deionised water used as percolating fluid. The saturated swelling pressure for the same dry density has a value of about 6 MPa. To perform the gas breakthrough tests a series of stainless steel cells were designed and manufactured. The cells consisted of a body, in which the cylindrical sample was inserted, pistons with o-rings at both ends of the samples and threaded caps. The samples, of 3.8 and 5.0 cm in diameter and 2.5 or 5.0 in height, were obtained by uniaxial compaction of the bentonite with its hygroscopic water content directly inside the cell body. Saturation with deionised water was accomplished by applying injection pressures of between 2 and 10 bar. The water content of the bentonite after saturation was higher than 27% for all the dry densities. Once the samples saturated, the filters on top and bottom of the samples were replaced by dry ones, the cells were again closed, and they were connected to a setup specially designed to measure breakthrough pressure. It consisted of two stainless steel deposits connected to the ends of the cell. One of the deposits was pressurised with nitrogen at 2 bar, whereas vacuum was applied to the other one. The pressures were measured by means of pressure transmitters. If no changes in pressure were recorded during 24 h, the injection pressure in the upstream deposit was increased by 2 bar and kept constant for 24 h. The process was repeated until gas started to flow through the sample. The time required for the completion of a particular experiment was determined by the conditions of the sample being studied. Although

  12. Water uptake and stress development in bentonites and bentonite-sand buffer materials

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    The development of swelling pressure and the transfer of pore water pressures through dense bentonite and bentonite-sand materials are examined in this report. This report focuses on the swelling pressure and total pressure developed in initially unsaturated specimens allowed access to free water on one end. The bentonite in this wetted region rapidly develops its full swelling pressure and this pressure is transferred upwards through the specimen. Hence, the bentonite plug will exert a pressure approximately equivalent to the swelling pressure even though only a small region of the plug is actually saturated. A number of specimens were tested with total pressure sensors mounted normal and parallel to the axis of compaction. Lateral pressures developed long before the wetting front reached sensor locations, suggesting stress transfer through the unsaturated portions of these specimens. On achieving saturation, specimens were found to have similar swelling pressures both normal to and parallel to the axis of compaction. This indicates that there is little or no specimen anisotropy induced by the compaction process. Tests were conducted on specimens allowed only to take on a limited quantity of water and it was found that density anisotropy was induced as the result of the swelling pressures generated by the buffer. The wetted skin of buffer developed a considerable pressure and compressed a region of buffer immediately above the wetted region. The results suggest that the buffer material placed in a disposal vault will rapidly develop and transfer swelling pressures as a result of the saturation of a limited region or 'skin' within the emplacement site. The total pressure ultimately present on the container surface should be the sum of the swelling and hydraulic components. (author). 14 refs., 4 tabs., 8 figs

  13. Impact of the changes in the chemical composition of pore water on chemical and physical stability of natural clays. A review of natural cases and related laboratory experiments and the ideas on natural analogues for bentonite erosion/non-erosion

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    A scientific literature survey was compiled with the specific objective to find information for smectite mobilization and/or retention in natural clay formations caused by contact with water with low ionic concentrations such as can be expected during and after an ice age. Evidence was sought if smectite particles are lost from the clay to the water and if accessory minerals that remain could form a growing filter slowing down or stopping further loss of smectite. Bentonites are present in geological layers for hundreds of millions of years. There is limited exchange with surrounding layers, eg K transported into the bentonite layer from surrounding shale layers leading to the increased illite % in smectite-illite of the bentonite. Another process is silicification of surrounding layers leading to lowered permeability of surrounding rocks. Geological literature data on historical bentonites do not consider colloid formation in low ionic strength water as relevant mechanism for smectite mobilization. However there are no studied cases where this could be a relevant mechanism (as proposed by colloid release scenario). Soil researchers have studied the mechanism of colloid release in laboratory experiments and have found that there has to be an abrupt change in infiltrating water quality leading to 'osmotic explosion'. Clogging the pores in the lower part of the soil column has followed, leading to dramatic decrease of hydraulic conductivity in vertical profile and increased surface runoff. So, although limited, there are literature evidences of clay colloids release from bentonites/smectites caused by low-ionic circumneutral water. The geological settings to look for natural analogue studies include (1) Bentonite/smectite similar to what is used in repository. (2) Water similar to the composition of glacial meltwater. (3) Scenario similar to what is proposed in the bentonite erosion project. The problem related to the study of historical bentonite profiles is the

  14. Impact of the changes in the chemical composition of pore water on chemical and physical stability of natural clays. A review of natural cases and related laboratory experiments and the ideas on natural analogues for bentonite erosion/non-erosion

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    Puura, Erik (Eridicon OUe, Tartu (Estonia)); Kirsimaee, Kalle (Univ. of Tartu, Inst. of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu (Estonia))

    2010-01-15

    A scientific literature survey was compiled with the specific objective to find information for smectite mobilization and/or retention in natural clay formations caused by contact with water with low ionic concentrations such as can be expected during and after an ice age. Evidence was sought if smectite particles are lost from the clay to the water and if accessory minerals that remain could form a growing filter slowing down or stopping further loss of smectite. Bentonites are present in geological layers for hundreds of millions of years. There is limited exchange with surrounding layers, eg K transported into the bentonite layer from surrounding shale layers leading to the increased illite % in smectite-illite of the bentonite. Another process is silicification of surrounding layers leading to lowered permeability of surrounding rocks. Geological literature data on historical bentonites do not consider colloid formation in low ionic strength water as relevant mechanism for smectite mobilization. However there are no studied cases where this could be a relevant mechanism (as proposed by colloid release scenario). Soil researchers have studied the mechanism of colloid release in laboratory experiments and have found that there has to be an abrupt change in infiltrating water quality leading to 'osmotic explosion'. Clogging the pores in the lower part of the soil column has followed, leading to dramatic decrease of hydraulic conductivity in vertical profile and increased surface runoff. So, although limited, there are literature evidences of clay colloids release from bentonites/smectites caused by low-ionic circumneutral water. The geological settings to look for natural analogue studies include (1) Bentonite/smectite similar to what is used in repository. (2) Water similar to the composition of glacial meltwater. (3) Scenario similar to what is proposed in the bentonite erosion project. The problem related to the study of historical bentonite profiles

  15. Study of retention mechanism of selenite on Ca/Mg bentonite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Compacted bentonite is assumed to be the main engineered barrier in the concept of high level radioactive waste repository (HLWR) in granite host rock due to its favourable physical and chemical properties preventing migration of radionuclides released potentially from the solid waste matrix. Of primary concern of HLWR performance assessment are the anionic long lived radionuclides that can migrate almost without retardation through the barriers to the biosphere. Isotope 79Se belongs to this type of radionuclides due to its long half-time and limited sorption of its anionic forms. Selenium is redox sensitive element that may exist in four oxidation states. Its mobility strongly depends on in situ speciation affected by pH and redox potential of the geological environment, chemical and mineralogical composition of buffer/backfill materials and host rock. This study is an extension of our previous research on sorption and diffusion behaviour of selenite and selenate onto Ca/Mg bentonite B75 which has been selected as one of the candidates of buffer/backfill material for HLWR in the Czech Republic. Significant sorption of selenite at alkaline pH was observed which contradicts the standard model of non-specific sorption of anions on functional surface SOH groups. These groups are at high pH largely deprotonated and hence prevent the sorption of anions. The selenite sorption onto used bentonite was also supported by increasing ionic strength of liquid phase. This effect was not observed and was not taken into account in modelling of selenite sorption on similar clay materials. Our experimental results support assumption that selenite sorption at pH above 7 may be caused by formation of ternary surface complexes involving Ca and Mg or by precipitation of Ca/Mg selenites. This study focuses on clarification of complicated retention mechanism of selenite onto bentonite B75 at alkaline pH using batch experiments with

  16. Interactions Between Snow-Adapted Organisms, Minerals and Snow in a Mars-Analog Environment, and Implications for the Possible Formation of Mineral Biosignatures

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    Hausrath, E.; Bartlett, C. L.; Garcia, A. H.; Tschauner, O. D.; Murray, A. E.; Raymond, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    Increasing evidence suggests that icy environments on bodies such as Mars, Europa, and Enceladus may be important potential habitats in our solar system. Life in icy environments faces many challenges, including water limitation, temperature extremes, and nutrient limitation. Understanding how life has adapted to withstand these challenges on Earth may help understand potential life on other icy worlds, and understanding the interactions of such life with minerals may help shed light on the detection of possible mineral biosignatures. Snow environments, being particularly nutrient limited, may require specific adaptations by the microbiota living there. Previous observations have suggested that associated minerals and microorganisms play an important role in snow algae micronutrient acquisition. Here, in order to interpret micronutrient uptake by snow algae, and potential formation of mineral biosignatures, we present observations of interactions between snow algae and associated microorganisms and minerals in both natural, Mars-analog environments, and laboratory experiments. Samples of snow, dust, snow algae, and microorganisms were collected from Mount Anderson Ridge, CA. Some samples were DAPI-stained and analyzed by epifluorescent microscopy, and others were freeze-dried and examined by scanning electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Xenic cultures of the snow alga Chloromonas brevispina were also grown under Fe-limiting conditions with and without the Fe-containing mineral nontronite to determine impacts of the mineral on algal growth. Observations from epifluorescent microscopy show bacteria closely associated with the snow algae, consistent with a potential role in micronutrient acquisition. Particles are also present on the algal cell walls, and synchrotron-XRD and XRF observations indicate that they are Fe-rich, and may therefore be a micronutrient source. Laboratory experiments indicated

  17. Bentonite THM behaviour mock-up studies

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    Nuclear waste disposal rely on multi-barrier system. Engineered Barrier Systems make use of swelling clay buffer set in place unsaturated in deposition hole. After waste emplacement, buffer hydrates and swells, being submitted to the heat from nuclear waste decay. In order to characterize the THM behaviour of swelling clays under temperatures exceeding 100 C, Andra has gathered research laboratories, CEA/LECBA, Eurogeomat and EDF/CPM to conduct experimental a d modelling studies. The analysis of the state of art led to the definition of mock-up tests to evaluate effects of high temperatures and high thermal gradients on the heat and mass transfer, and the stress-strain behaviour of initially unsaturated MX80 bentonite during a thermal loading at constant volume for both closed and opened system. This paper presents the first mock-up tests and their experimental result. (authors)

  18. Experimental Setup to Characterize Bentonite Hydration Processes

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    We present an experimental setup to follow-up the hydration process of a bentonite. Clay samples, of 2 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm, were made and introduced in a Hele-Shaw cell with two PMM windows and two steel frames. In hydration experiments, a fluid enters by an orifice in the frame, located both at the top and the bottom of the cell, to perform hydration in both senses. To get a uniform hydration we place a diffuser near the orifice. Volume influxes in hydration cells are registered in time. The evolution of the developed interface was recorded on a videotape. The video cameras was fixed to a holder so that the vertical direction in the monitor was the same as the direction of the larger extension of the cell. (Author) 6 refs

  19. Buffer construction technique using granular bentonite

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    Buffer construction using bentonite pellets as filling material is a promising technology for enhancing the ease of repository operation. In this study, a test of such technology was conducted in a full-scale simulated disposal drift, using a filling system which utilizes a screw conveyor system. The simulated drift, which contained two dummy overpacks, was configured as a half-cross-section model with a height of 2.22 m and a length of 6.0 m. The average dry density of the buffer obtained in the test was 1.29 Mg/m3, with an angle of repose of 35 to 40 degrees. These test results indicate that buffer construction using a screw conveyor system for pellet emplacement in a waste disposal drift is a promising technology for repositories for high level radioactive wastes. (author)

  20. Influence of seawater on swelling characteristics of bentonite buffer material

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    High-level-radioactive-waste disposal facility can be built on the coastal area. One reason is that transportation of the wastes is easy. Groundwater in the coastal zone which flows into disposal pit contains large amount of seawater salts. So, it is important to investigate the influence of seawater on bentonite buffer material which is one of the Barrier materials in the nuclear disposal facility. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of artificial seawater on swelling pressure and swelling deformation characteristics of five typical kinds of bentonites. Various factors, such as density, montmorillonite contents, sort of exchangeable-cation of the bentonite have been investigated. This experimental works clarified the some factors for which the influence of artificial sea water on swelling characteristics of bentonite depends. Based on experimental results, a specification for the buffer material which can overcome the influence of seawater was defined. (author)

  1. Diffusion of Fission Product Elements in Compacted Bentonite

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    Study on diffusion of fission product in compacted bentonite has been conducted. The information about mobilities of these elements have been obtained from the studies resulted in many countries. It is presented that the diffusion coefficient was varied by the function of solution phase condition as well as the nature of bentonite. It is also showed that the diffusion coefficient decreased by the increasing of density, as well as the increasing of montmorillonite content in bentonite. The ratio of bentonite/silica-sand used, was related to the increasing of elements mobility. In many case variation of diffusion coefficient was related to the variation of pH, redox condition, and the presence of complex ant in solution phase. The lower diffusion coefficient could give the higher retardation factor, which is a favorable factor to retard the radionuclides release from a disposal facility to geosphere. (author)

  2. A study on the thermal conductivity of compacted bentonites

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    Tang, Anh-Minh; Le, Trung Tinh; 10.1016/j.clay.2007.11.001

    2008-01-01

    Thermal conductivity of compacted bentonite is one of the most important properties in the design of high-level radioactive waste repositories where this material is proposed for use as a buffer. In the work described here, a thermal probe based on the hot wire method was used to measure the thermal conductivity of compacted bentonite specimens. The experimental results were analyzed to observe the effects of various factors (i.e. dry density, water content, hysteresis, degree of saturation and volumetric fraction of soil constituents) on the thermal conductivity. A linear correlation was proposed to predict the thermal conductivity of compacted bentonite based on experimentally observed relationship between the volumetric fraction of air and the thermal conductivity. The relevance of this correlation was finally analyzed together with others existing methods using experimental data on several compacted bentonites.

  3. Modified Ponorogo bentonite for the removal of ampicillin from wastewater.

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    Rahardjo, Andi Kurniawan; Susanto, Maria Josephine Jeannette; Kurniawan, Alfin; Indraswati, Nani; Ismadji, Suryadi

    2011-06-15

    The adsorption of ampicillin onto natural and organo-bentonite was studied. Organo-bentonite was obtained by modifying the natural bentonite obtained from Ponorogo, Indonesia, using CTAB surfactant by microwave heating. The temperature dependent form of the Langmuir, Freundlich, Sips and Toth equations was employed to correlate equilibrium data. Based on the evaluation of the physical meaning of fitted isotherm parameters of each model, it is clear that Toth equation can represent the equilibrium data better than other models. The adsorption performance of natural and organo-bentonite for the removal of ampicillin from pharmaceutical company wastewater was also studied. In real wastewater, both adsorbents could not completely remove the ampicillin due to the sorption competition with other substances which also present in the wastewater. PMID:21550716

  4. Simulation of Tracer Transport in Porous Media: Application to Bentonites

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    We present a formal framework to describe tracer transport in heterogeneous media, such as porous media like bentonites. In these media, mean field approximation is not valid because there exist some geometrical constraints and the transport is anomalous. (Author)

  5. Long term mineralogical properties of bentonite/quartz buffer substance

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    This report shows results from investigations concerning properties in bentonitebased buffersubstances which are suggested to be used when high level radioactive wastes from nuclear powerplants are to be stored finally. Recommended material characteristica of the bentonite to be used are summerized. In an attempt to find geological evidence for bentonite to loose its desireable properties there were no such findings at the temperatures, groundwater situations and pressures which are to be expected at the actual depositing depth (500 m) for a considerable period of time. Concerning biological activity and then specially the mobility and activity of bacteria the conclusion is that there will be little or no influence from them either there is bentonite-sand or compacted pure bentonite in the buffer mass

  6. Evaluation of brazilian bentonites as additive in the radwaste cementation

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    The behavior of some Brazilian bentonites has been evaluated, concerning to their use as additive in the radwaste cementation. The purpose of the bentonite is to retain the radioelements in the final product in leaching process. Experiments to determine properties such as compressive strenght, viscosity, set time leaching and cesium sorption have been carried out to this evaluation. After one-year test, the results show that the bentonites greatly reduce the cesium release. A literature survey about cementation process and plants and about the cement product characteristics has been made in order to obtain a reliable final product, able to be transported and storaged. Some leaching test methods and mathematical models, that could be applied in the evaluation of cement products with bentonite have been evaluated. (author)

  7. LABORATORY TESTING OF BENTONITE CLAYS FOR LANDFILL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

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    Biljana Kovačević Zelić; Dubravko Domitrović; Želimir Veinović

    2007-01-01

    Top and bottom liners are one of the key construction elements in every landfill. They are usually made as compacted clay liners (CCLs) composed of several layers of compacted clay with strictly defined properties or by the use of alternative materials such as: GCL – geosynthetic clay liner, BES – bentonite enhanced soils or bentonite/polymer mixtures. Following the state of the art experiences in the world, GCLs are used in Croatian landfills for several years, as well. Depending upon the lo...

  8. The Effect of Bentonite on External Corrosion of Well Casings

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    Orayith, Mohammed

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACTThe overall goal of this research is concerned with understanding the effects of bentonite on the external corrosion of bare mild steel well casing. Na-bentonite is mainly used in enormous amounts in drilling processes, so it used as the main electrochemical environment surrounding the casing at different condition. The major part of the current study was divided into 3 stages; the first stage is constant current cathodic protection (CP) with a range of 0.0 (Open Circuit Potential) to...

  9. The interaction of bentonite and glass with aqueous media

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    It has been demonstrated that Si(OH)4 is an important constituent of bentonite. In bentonites natural state the Si(OH)4 in the bentonite is permeable to the diffusible components of the aqeous medium in contact with it. As a consequence, the pH of the medium is a sensitive function of its ionic strength. Permeability of the Si(OH)4 to salt is lost, however, by pretreatment of the bentonite with dilute acid to protonate fully the Si(OH)4. The pH-producing property of the Si(OH)4 then is associated with its surface properties. The glasses (ABS-39 and ABS-Y Marcoule) studied in this research program also contain hydroxylated oxide as an important constituent. These materials, however, are not observed to exhibit gel-like (three-dimensional) properties prior to or after acid pretreatment. Instead they function always as a surface (two-dimensional) and are impermeable to the diffusible components of the aqueous media that come in contact with them. As a result, the pH of the medium is depentdent on ionic strength only so far as it affects the counter-ion screening efficiency of the charged surface. In both systems, bentonite and glass, the pH of the medium is affected by the presence of CO2. The lowering of medium pH by CO2 dissolution results in the neutralization of Si(OH)4 in the untreated bentonite gel phase or in the surface of the acid pretreated bentonite or glass in contact with the medium. If glass and bentonite are in contact the action of CO2 at their interface results in both systems striving to reach different equilibria. The result is enhanced chemical reactivity at the interface. To minimize such reactivity CO2 must be excluded from the atmosphere in contact with the solid-liquid phases. (author)

  10. Unified theory for swelling deformation and swelling pressure of bentonite

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    The correlation of the water volume to vertical overburden pressure (p) is obtained as Vw/ Vm=KÞDs-3 for bentonite with fractal-textured surface. The maximum swelling strain is predicted according to the correlation of the water volume to vertical overburden pressure. The predictions of the maximum swelling strain and swelling pressure are in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data of Tsukinuno and Wyoming bentonite. (authors)

  11. Sorption of strontium on bentonites from Slovak deposits

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    Sorption on bentonite from different Slovak deposits / Jelsovy potok, Kopernica and Lieskove has been investigated under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, pH, sorbate concentrations, presence of complementary cation. The sorption of strontium from aqueous solutions was investigated using a radiometric determination of distribution coefficient, Kd. The individual solutions were labelled with radiotracer. Radiation stability has been investigated, the higher sorption parameters were observed for the irradiated bentonites /tab.l/ , which can be explained by the increase of specific surface and change of solubility of the irradiated samples of bentonite. The presence of complementary cations, Na+, K+, NH4+, Ca2+, Mg2+ and Ba2+ depresses the sorption of Sr on bentonite. In the case of bentonite Kopernica the effectiveness in reducing the sorption of strontium by cations followed the order K+ 4+ + 2+ 2+ 2+. Results indicate that the sorption of Sr+ on bentonite will be affected by the presence of high concentrations of various salts in the waste water effluents. (author)

  12. Effect of activation on swelling property in Ca-bentonite

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    Compacted bentonite is attracting greater attention as buffer material for deep geological repository of high-level radioactive waste under current design concept. Swelling behavior is a significant property in achieving the low-permeability sealing function. The potential buffer material used is a locally available clayey material known as Zhisin clay in Taiwan. Zhisin clay is a Ca-type bentonite. Experimental data indicated that the swelling potential of Zhisin clay is much lower than that of Na-bentonite due to its exchangeable cation type and capacity. To enhance the swelling potential of Zhisin clay, a cation exchange process by addition of Na2CO3 powder is introduced in this research. Addition of Na2CO3 reagent to Zhisin clay caused precipitation of CaCO3 to occur and induced a replacement of Ca2+ ions by Na+ ions on the surface of bentonite in liquid phase. Experimental results show that Na2CO3-activated Zhisin clay is superior in swelling potential to untreated Zhisin clay. Due to the ion exchange hysteresis, activated bentonite shows different type of time-swell curve from traditional sigmoid-shaped curve. The optimal amount of Na2CO3 addition is found to be 1%, and the maximum swelling strain was found to be 3 times as much as that of untreated Zhisin clay. The Na2CO3 -activated Zhisin clay exhibited improved resistance to thermal environments and behaved similar to the Na-type bentonites under different hydrothermal temperatures. (authors)

  13. Lot A2 test, THC modelling of the bentonite buffer

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    Itälä, Aku; Olin, Markus; Lehikoinen, Jarmo

    Finnish spent nuclear fuel is planned to be disposed of deep in the crystalline bedrock of the Olkiluoto island. In such a repository, the role of the bentonite buffer is considered to be central. The initially unsaturated bentonite emplaced around a spent-fuel canister will become fully saturated by the groundwater from the host rock. In order to assess the long-term safety of a deep repository, it is essential to determine how temperature influences the chemical stability of bentonite. The aim of this study was to achieve an improved understanding of the factors governing the thermo-hydro-chemical evolution of the bentonite buffer subject to heat generation from the disposed fuel and in contact with a highly permeable rock fracture intersecting a canister deposition hole. TOUGHREACT was used to model a test known as the long-term test of buffer material adverse-2, which was conducted at the Äspö hard rock laboratory in Sweden. The results on the evolution of cation-exchange equilibria, bentonite porewater chemistry, mineralogy, and saturation of the buffer are presented and discussed. The calculated model results show similarity to the experimental results. In particular, the spatial differences in the saturation and porewater chemistry of the bentonite buffer were clearly visible in the model.

  14. Lot A2 test, THC modelling of the bentonite buffer

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    Finnish spent nuclear fuel is planned to be disposed of deep in the crystalline bedrock of the Olkiluoto island. In such a repository, the role of the bentonite buffer is considered to be central. The initially unsaturated bentonite emplaced around a spent-fuel canister will become fully saturated by the groundwater from the host rock. In order to assess the long-term safety of a deep repository, it is essential to determine how temperature influences the chemical stability of bentonite. The aim of this study was to achieve an improved understanding of the factors governing the thermo-hydro-chemical evolution of the bentonite buffer subject to heat generation from the disposed fuel and in contact with a highly permeable rock fracture intersecting a canister deposition hole. TOUGHREACT was used to model a test known as the long-term test of buffer material adverse-2, which was conducted at the Aespoe hard rock laboratory in Sweden. The results on the evolution of cation-exchange equilibria, bentonite pore water chemistry, mineralogy, and saturation of the buffer are presented and discussed. The calculated model results show similarity to the experimental results. In particular, the spatial differences in the saturation and pore water chemistry of the bentonite buffer were clearly visible in the model. (authors)

  15. Behaviour of bentonite accessory minerals during the thermal stage

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    Arcos, David; Bruno, Jordi [Enviros-QuantiSci, Barcelona (Spain); Benbow, Steven; Takase, Hiro [Quintessa Limited, Henley-on-Thames (United Kingdom)

    2000-03-15

    This report discusses in a quantitative manner the evolution of the accessory minerals in the bentonite as a result of the thermal event exerted by the spent fuel in the near field. Three different modelling approaches have been used and the results compared between them. The three different approaches have been calculated using two Differential Algebraic Equation (DAE) solver: DYLAN (Model-1) and the Nag DAE solver, d02ngf (Model-2) and the third approach (Model-3) using the last version of PHREEQC. The results from these calculations indicate the feasibility of the modelling approach to model the migration of bentonite accessory minerals and relevant aqueous species throughout the thermal gradient. These calculations indicate that the migration of quartz and quartz polymorphs is a lesser problem. The aqueous speciation of Ca in the bentonite pore water is fundamental in order to define the potential migration of anhydrite during the thermal stage. If CaSO{sub 4}(aq) is the predominant aqueous species, then anhydrite dissolves at the initial groundwater migration times through bentonite. However, if Ca{sup 2+} is considered to be the dominant Ca species at the bentonite pore water, then anhydrite migrates towards the clay/granite interface. This is the main difference in the chemical systems considered in the three model approaches used in this work. The main process affecting the trace mineral behaviour in bentonite is cation exchange. This process controls the concentration of calcium, which results in a direct control of the calcite precipitation-dissolution.

  16. The oolitization rate determination of bentonite moulding mixtures

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    F. Miksovsky

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite mixtures belong and will always belong among the most widespread sand mixtures for the “green sand” technology of castings production. This technology’s essential advantage is bentonite mixtures application reversibility in the closed circulation after composition modifications and circulation losses replenishment. After the casting of a mould, the surrounding sand mixture is strained by the solidifying casting heat and bentonite degradation occurs. In case of appropriate conditions the oolitization occurs. This phenomenon is specific only for bentonite-bonded mixtures. The oolitization of opening material silica grains brings a number of negative as well as positive features with it. It is not only a technological problem but economical and ecological as well because for minimization of mixture regeneration with a help of new sand it is necessary to know bentonite mixtures quality control tools even in term of the oolitization rate. This paper deals with the description of undemanding physical method of the oolitization rate evaluation with a help of powder density assessment and its examination with actual sand mixtures which were obtained from the Czech Republic foundry plants. There are foundry plants of heavier weight castings and in one case there was an operation where bentonite mixtures regeneration was applied. Moreover, the oolitization effect on metal penetration in test castings was verified.

  17. Study on Preparation and Properties of Grease Based on Ultraifne Bentonite Powder

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    Wang Jing; Guo Xiaochuan; Jiang Mingjun; He Yan

    2016-01-01

    The feasibility for preparation of ultraifne bentonite powder by different milling methods was studied. And the comparison of comprehensive performance between ultraifne bentonite grease and traditional bentonite grease was also investigated. The results indicated that the statistic Z-average size of ultraifne bentonite prepared by sand milling was 250 nm with a narrow size distribution and the lattice structure of ultraifne bentonite maintained good character despite a slight distortion occasioned. The mechanical stability, colloid stability, antiwear ability and friction-reducing property of ultraifne bentonite grease were superior to the traditional one.

  18. Gas migration through bentonitic engineered barrier systems and through non-indurated clays

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    This extended abstract summarises briefly the main conclusions and perspectives of the research work carried out in the frame of gas migration from a radioactive waste disposal through bentonitic engineered barrier systems (EBS) and non-indurated natural clay formations. After a description of the most important experimental results and the conceptual model evolution, we will focus on the safety relevant issues and the way the gas migration through such media is currently treated in performance assessment for different types of waste. Finally, the remaining open questions will be addressed at the end of this paper. Further insights are provided in the EC/NEA status report. (authors)

  19. Polyester-Bentonite Clay Composite: Synthesis, Characterization and Application as Anticorrosive Agent

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    Full Text Available New polyester-bentonite clay composite was prepared and characterized by FTIR, TGA, SEM& XRD. The XRD and SEM studies are quite supportive of well dispersed polymer clay composite formation. The thermal stability of the polymer was significantly improved as indicated by TGA. The composite was evaluated for its inhibition performance for mild steel corrosion in 1M H2SO4 by weight loss, polarization and electrochemical impedance techniques. The studies reveal that the clay composite was an excellent adsorption type inhibitor and obeys Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Electrochemical studies showed that the polymer composite was a mixed inhibitor retarding both anodic metal dissolution and cathodic hydrogen evolution.

  20. Long-term stability of bentonite. A literature review

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    The long-term thermodynamic stability of the bentonite buffer in the evolving chemical, thermal and hydrological conditions at Olkiluoto has been evaluated by reviewing the relevant experimental data and natural occurrences of bentonite that could serve as analogues for the long-term bentonite stability in the expected repository conditions, especially focussing on mineral transformations due, among others, to thermal effects including cementation. Natural occurrences with stable smectite have been reviewed and compared with Olkiluoto groundwater compositions at present and during the expected hydrogeochemical evolution of the repository. Alteration of the bentonite buffer is expected to be insignificant for natural groundwater conditions at present and for the evolving groundwater conditions at the expected thermal boundary conditions caused by the heat induced from the fuel canisters (+ and SiO2 and elevated pH due to degradation and dissolution processes. These may alter the conditions in the repository that may favour alteration and cementation processes. The amounts of foreign materials to be used in the repository will be updated along with the progress of the construction. Also the information on their impact on the barriers needs to be evaluated in more detail, including the degradation rate, mobility or dilution of the foreign materials in the repository environment. The exchangeable cation composition of the buffer bentonite is expected to equilibrate with the surrounding groundwater during and after saturation. This process is expected to lead towards Ca-dominant exchangeable cation composition within the montmorillonite interlayer spaces in the buffer. In general it seems that the transformation towards Ca-dominated composition would favour the long-term stability of the buffer as Ca-dominated smectite (compared to Na-dominated type) has larger water retention capacity and anion incorporation to the interlayer space of montmorillonite is more extensive

  1. Mechanisms and models for bentonite erosion

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    Neretnieks, Ivars; Longcheng Liu; Moreno, Luis (Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Inst. of Technology, KTH, Stockholm (Sweden))

    2009-12-15

    There are concerns that the bentonite buffer surrounding the canisters with spent nuclear fuel may erode when non-saline groundwaters seep past the buffer. This is known to happen if the water content of ions is below the critical coagulation concentration CCC. Above the CCC the smectite forms a coherent gel, which does not release particles. One main effort in this study has been directed to assess under which conditions the pore water composition of the gel at the gel/water interface could be lower than the CCC. Another main effort has been directed to understanding the behaviour of expansive gel when the pore water is below the CCC. We have developed a Dynamic model for sodium gel expansion in fractures where the gel soaks up non-saline water as it expands. The model is based on a force balance between and on smectite particles, which move in the water. The Dynamic model of gel expansion showing the evolution in time and space of a gel was successfully tested against expansion experiments in test tubes. The expansion was measured with high resolution and in great detail over many months by Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The model also predicted the gel expansion through filters with very narrow pores well. A gel viscosity model of dilute gels was derived, which accounts for ion concentration influence as well as the volume fraction of smectite in the gel. The model accounts for the presence of the DDL, which seemingly makes the particles larger so that they interact at lower particle densities. Simulations were performed for a case where the gel expands outward into the fracture that intersects the deposition hole. Fresh groundwater approaches and passes the gel/water interface. Smectite colloids move out into the water due to the repulsive forces between the particle and by Brownian motion (effect included in the Dynamic model). The dilute gel/sol is mobilised and flows downstream in a thin region where the viscosity is low enough to permit flow. Sodium diffuses

  2. Mechanisms and models for bentonite erosion

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    There are concerns that the bentonite buffer surrounding the canisters with spent nuclear fuel may erode when non-saline groundwaters seep past the buffer. This is known to happen if the water content of ions is below the critical coagulation concentration CCC. Above the CCC the smectite forms a coherent gel, which does not release particles. One main effort in this study has been directed to assess under which conditions the pore water composition of the gel at the gel/water interface could be lower than the CCC. Another main effort has been directed to understanding the behaviour of expansive gel when the pore water is below the CCC. We have developed a Dynamic model for sodium gel expansion in fractures where the gel soaks up non-saline water as it expands. The model is based on a force balance between and on smectite particles, which move in the water. The Dynamic model of gel expansion showing the evolution in time and space of a gel was successfully tested against expansion experiments in test tubes. The expansion was measured with high resolution and in great detail over many months by Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The model also predicted the gel expansion through filters with very narrow pores well. A gel viscosity model of dilute gels was derived, which accounts for ion concentration influence as well as the volume fraction of smectite in the gel. The model accounts for the presence of the DDL, which seemingly makes the particles larger so that they interact at lower particle densities. Simulations were performed for a case where the gel expands outward into the fracture that intersects the deposition hole. Fresh groundwater approaches and passes the gel/water interface. Smectite colloids move out into the water due to the repulsive forces between the particle and by Brownian motion (effect included in the Dynamic model). The dilute gel/sol is mobilised and flows downstream in a thin region where the viscosity is low enough to permit flow. Sodium diffuses

  3. Effects of salinity and high ph on crushed rock and bentonite - experimental work and modelling

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    Vuorinen, U. [VTT Processes, Espoo (Finland); Luukkonen, A. [VTT Building and Transport, Espoo (Finland); Ervanne, H. [University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry (Finland); Lehikoinen, J. [VTT Processes, Espoo (Finland)

    2006-05-15

    and 8 for saline experiment). In the saline alkaline experiment the pH value in bentonite porewater was highest (around 11) at the in-flow interface and showed a steep decreasing trend towards the out-flow interface (down around 8). Corresponding trends were seen in the exchangeable cation (Na, Ca, K and Mg) capacities. Based on the results obtained it could be concluded that the alkaline attack had affected the bentonite column to some extent throughout the entire column. Sorption of {sup 22}Na was low on crushed rock (K{sub d} 0.02-1.2x10-3 m3/kg) and bentonite (K{sub d} 0.65-2.1x10{sup -3} m{sup 3}/kg). An exception was the fresh alkaline experiment with bentonite (K{sub d} 1.5-2.7x10{sup -2} m{sup 3}/kg). High sorption of {sup 45}Ca on crushed rock was measured only in the saline hyper alkaline experiment (K{sub d} 0.81-9.1x10{sup -3} m{sup 3}/kg), whereas very high sorption on bentonite was observed (K{sub d} 0.015-100 m{sup 3}/kg) in all three alkaline experiments. Effect of the initial solution Na and Ca on sorption was also studied. Only minor effects were observed. Main mineral alterations of the solids were detected in the batch experiments. By alkaline attack Nax-montmorillonite was partially altered to Nax-bedellite, and bentonite interactions with alkaline solutions produced CSH-phases (less in flowthrough experiments) structurally analogous to 14Aa-tobermorite. In the flow-through experiments the saline attack introduced smectite alteration towards Cax-montmorillonite and the fresh solution attack caused some purification within the smectite layers. The experimentally observed uptake of Na and Ca was adequately explained by the simple thermodynamic model developed for montmorillonite, provided that Ca uptake occurred predominantly by precipitation of Ca-bearing mineral phases. In the inverse modelling some problems were encountered, e.g., multiple independent sources and sinks for the same element could not be handled and the inverse cation exchange

  4. Modification of bentonite with cationic surfactant for the enhanced retention of bisphenol A from landfill leachate.

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    Li, Yi; Jin, Fenglai; Wang, Chao; Chen, Yunxiao; Wang, Qing; Zhang, Wenlong; Wang, Dawei

    2015-06-01

    Bentonite was modified with cationic surfactant hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (HTAB) as landfill liner to retard the transportation of bisphenol A (BPA) for the first time. The modification was confirmed to form a lateral bi-layer in the interlayer space of bentonite by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The introduction of HTAB into the internal position of bentonite led to an increased interlayer space of bentonite from 15.0 to 20.9 Å and a higher sorption affinity for BPA (10.449 mg/g of HTAB-bentonite and 3.413 mg/g of raw bentonite). According to the Freundlich model, the maximum adsorption capacity of the HTAB-bentonite was found to be 0.410 mg/g. The sorption capacity of raw bentonite and HTAB-bentonite both decreased at alkaline conditions. Although the hydraulic conductivity of HTAB-bentonite was higher than that of raw bentonite, results of laboratory permeability and column tests indicated that HTAB-bentonite obviously extended the BPA breakthrough time by 43.4 %. The properties of the HTAB-bentonite revealed its notable advantages as components of landfill liners material to retain BPA in leachate. PMID:25874420

  5. The Lacustrine Upper Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation, Four Corners Region, Usa: a Lithological and Mineralogical Terrestrial Analog for Gale Crater, Mars

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    Potter-McIntyre, S. L.; Chan, M. A.; McPherson, B. J.

    2013-12-01

    The upper part of the Jurassic Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation is an iron- and clay-rich volcaniclastic shale deposited in an ephemeral alkaline saline lake system. Sedimentary rocks exposed in Gale Crater consist of similar non-acidic clays, possibly of lacustrine origin. Three primary clastic lithofacies are present in both the Brushy Basin Member and at Gale Crater: silt-/claystone, sandstone, and conglomerate. Both the terrestrial and martian silt-/claystone lithofacies are interpreted as lacustrine depositional environments due to features such as parallel laminated and massive sedimentary structures. Vugs are present in the siltstone/claystone facies on both the Colorado Plateau and at Gale Crater. Fluvial features are also observed in both examples such as cross-bedded sandstones and imbricated conglomerates. Concretions are present in both the Colorado Plateau and Gale Crater units. The vugs in the Brushy Basin Member preserve algal forms with cellular elaboration and are interpreted as charophyte molds. Two distinct suites of elements (1. C, Fe, As, P and, 2. C, S, Se, P) are associated with the microbial fossils and may be potential markers for biosignatures. Vugs at Gale Crater are a potential target to investigate the possibility of preserved microbial (algal) life where early analyses show the presence of the elements capable of supporting life. The Brushy Basin Member is composed predominately of quartz, feldspars, zeolites and altered volcanic ash. The abundant clay minerals in both the terrestrial and martian examples are hypothesized to have formed due to partial alteration of volcanic minerals in alkaline fluid. Similarly, concretions present in the terrestrial unit exhibit a diverse range of mineralogies likely due to alkaline fluid chemistries interacting with reactive volcaniclastic sediments. Terrestrial concretion mineralogy is diverse even within an outcrop or stratigraphic horizon which suggests reactants to precipitate

  6. Development of an analytical technique for the detection of alteration minerals formed in bentonite by reaction with alkaline solutions

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    Sakamoto, H.; Shibata, M.; Owada, H.; Kaneko, M.; Kuno, Y.; Asano, H.

    A multibarrier system consisting of cement-based backfill, structures and support materials, and a bentonite-based buffer material has been studied for the TRU waste disposal concept being developed in Japan, the aim being to restrict the migration of radionuclides. Concern regarding bentonite-based materials in this disposal environment relates to long-term alteration under hyper-alkaline conditions due to the presence of cementitious materials. In tests simulating the interaction between bentonite and cement, formation of secondary minerals due to alteration reactions under the conditions expected for geological disposal of TRU waste (equilibrated water with cement at low liquid/solid ratio) has not been observed, although alteration was observed under extremely hyper-alkaline conditions with high temperatures. This was considered to be due to the fact that analysis of C-S-H gel formed at the interface as a secondary mineral was difficult using XRD, because of its low crystallinity and low content. This paper describes an analytical technique for the characterization of C-S-H gel using a heavy liquid separation method which separates C-S-H gel from Kunigel V1 bentonite (bentonite produced in Japan) based on the difference in specific gravity between the crystalline minerals constituting Kunigel V1 and the secondary C-S-H gel. For development of C-S-H gel separation methods, simulated alteration samples were prepared by mixing 990 mg of unaltered Kunigel V1 and 10 mg of C-S-H gel synthesized using pure chemicals at a ratio of Ca/Si = 1.2. The simulated alteration samples were dispersed in bromoform-methanol mixtures with specific gravities ranging from 2.00 to 2.57 g/cm 3 and subjected to centrifuge separation to recover the light density fraction. Subsequent XRD analysis to identify the minerals was complemented by dissolution in 0.6 N hydrochloric acid to measure the Ca and Si contents. The primary peak (2 θ = 29.4°, Cu Kα) and secondary peaks (2 θ = 32.1

  7. Analog model

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    The invention relates to devices for modelling the space-dependent kinetics of a nuclear reactor. It can be advantageously used in studying the dynamics of the neutron field in the core to determine the effect of the control rods on the power distribution in the core, for training purposes. The proposed analog model of a nuclear reactor comprises operational amplifiers and a grid of resistors simulating neutron diffusion. Connected to the grid nodes are supply resistors modelling absorption and multiplication of neutrons. This is achieved by that, in the proposed model, all resistors through which power is supplied to the grid nodes are interconnected by their other leads and coupled to the output of the amplifier unit common for all nodes. Therewith, the amlifier unit models the transfer function of a ''point'' reactor. Connected to the input of this unit which includes two to four amplifiers are resistors for addition of signals with a grid node. Coupled to the grid nodes via additional resistors are voltage sources simulating reactivity

  8. Diffusion in crushed rock and in bentonite clay

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    Diffusion theories for porous media with sorption are reviewed to serve as a basis for considering diffusion in simple systems like sand of crushed rock. A Fickian diffusion and linear sorption model is solved both by analytical Laplance transform and Green's function methods and by numerical methods, and then applied to small-scale experiments for Finnish low- and medium-level operating waste repositories. The main properties of bentonite are reviewed. The hydraulic conductivity of compacted bentonite is so low that the major transport mechanism is diffusion. A Fickian diffusion and linear sorption model is applied to bentonite. The main component of bentonite, montmorillonite, has a high ion-exchange capacity and thus, transport in bentonite consists of interactive chemical and diffusion phenomena. A chemical equilibrium model, CHEQ, is developed for ion-exchange reactions in bentonite water systems. CHEQ is applied to some bentonite experiments with success, especially for monovalent ions. The fitted log-binding constants for sodium exchange with potassium, magnesium, and calcium were 0.27, 1.50, and 2.10, respectively. A coupled chemical and diffusion model, CHEQDIFF, is developed to take account of diffusion in pore water, surface diffusion and ion-exchange reactions. The model is applied to the same experiments as CHEQ, and validation is partly successful. In the diffusion case, the above-mentioned values for binding constants are used. The apparent diffusion (both anions and cations) and surface diffusion (only for cations) constants used are 3.0*10-11 m2/s and 6.0*10-12 m2/s, respectively, but these values are questionable, as experimental results good enough for fitting are not available. (orig.). (74 refs., 27 figs., 12 tabs.)

  9. Occurrence of Fe-Mg-rich smectites and corrensite in the Morron de Mateo bentonite deposit (Cabo de Gata region, Spain): A natural analogue of the bentonite barrier in a radwaste repository

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    , suggesting that the former seems to be formed from Fe-Mg-rich smectites. The presence of corrensite in the epiclastic rocks suggests that in the Morron de Mateo area a hydrothermal alteration process occurred after bentonite formation, which transformed Fe-Mg-rich smectites into corrensite. This transformation was probably favoured by the intrusion of the Morron de Mateo volcanic dome, which produced a temperature increase in the geological media and a supply of Fe-Mg-rich solutions. These physicochemical conditions were also responsible for the metasomatic transformations observed in the biocalcarenite beds located on the top of the bentonite deposit. All these data suggest that the Morron de Mateo natural system could be a good natural analogue of both thermal and chemical effects on a bentonite barrier related to the radioactive decay of fission products and the interaction between the corrosion products of steel over-packs and the bentonite. These circumstances would favour the transformation of the candidate Al-rich smectites into Fe-Mg-rich smectites and corrensite, as steps prior to formation of chlorite. In this case, all the physicochemical and mechanical properties of Al-rich smectites would disappear and the clayey barrier would fail.

  10. Field test of ethanol/bentonite slurry grouting into rock fracture

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    Crystalline rocks have fractures which may cause unexpected routes of groundwater seepage. Cement grouting is one of the most effective methods to minimize seepage; however, cement materials may not be suitable for the purpose of extra-long durability, because cement is neutralized or degraded by chemical and physical influence of chemical reaction. Natural clay like bentonite is one of the most promising materials for seepage barrier; however, water/bentonite grout is so viscous that enough amount of bentonite can not be grouted into rock fractures. To increase bentonite content in grout with low viscosity, the utilization of ethanol as a mixing liquid was studied. Ethanol suppresses bentonite swelling, and more bentonite can be injected more than that of water/bentonite slurry. In this paper, grouting into in-situ rock mass fracture from the ground surface was tested to investigate the barrier performance and workability of ethanol/bentonite slurry as a grouting material. (author)

  11. Performance characteristics of EZhou bentonite of Hubei province and its modification

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    Long Wei; Fan Zitian; Hu Xueting

    2009-01-01

    Both the chemical compositions and performance characteristics of the bentonite raw ores in Ezhou area of Hubei province and Honghuoshan area of Liaoning province were compared and analyzed. The properties of these two kinds of bentonites were tested before and after Na+- and Li+-modification. The results show that the Ezhou bentonite ore possesses higher montmorillonite content than the Honghuoshan bentonite ore, but the Ezhou Na-bentonite has weaker castability (e.g. Wet compression strength and hot wet tensile strength) than the Honghuoshan Na-bentonite, while the performance of Ezhou Li-bentonite, such as colloid index, swelling value, swelling volume and mould coating performance, is equivalent to that of the Honghuoshan Na-bentonite.

  12. Thermic and thermodynamic properties of desorption process of essential oil of Hyssopus seravshanicus from bentonite clays

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    It shown, that desorption process of essential oil of Hyssopus seravshanicus from bentonite clays include by four parts (lines) and the nature between essential oil of Hyssopus seravshanicus from bentonite clays is physical and chemical sorption

  13. Investigations on uranium sorption on bentonite and montmorillonite, respectively, and uranium in environmental samples

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    The geotechnical barrier is an important component of a geological repository and consists of compacted bentonite surrounding radioactive waste containers. Its most important functions are, to retard the radionuclide migration into the biosphere and to prevent groundwater contact with containers. lt is therefore of central importance to investigate the bentonite material on its capacity to sorb radionuclides under near-natural chemical and physical conditions. The purpose of this work was to study the adsorption of uranium(VI) on bentonit and on montmorillonite-standards at high uranium concentrations. Thereby, a special account was given to the calcium-uranyl-carbonate complexation, which leads to the formation of very stable and mobile uncharged Ca2UO2(CO3)3 complex. Results of batch experiments showed that the dicalcium-uranyl-tricarbonate complexation lowers the uranium(VI) sorption on natural clay (bentonite) by a factor of up to 3. After 21 days of contact time, about 40 % and 20 % of the initial uranium(VI)concentration were sorbed on Na-bentonite and ea-bentonite, respectively, from a solution with Ca2UO2(CO3)3 dominating the uranium(VI) speciation. On the contrary, about 55 % of the initial uranium(VI)-concentration were sorbed on thes clays from the solution, in which (UO2)2CO3(OH)3- complex dominated the uranium(VI) speciation. Thus uranium(VI) sorption is more strongly influenced by the solution composition than by bentonite type. Na-bentonite should be used instead of ea-bentonite as a geotechnical barrier, since calcium-uranyl-carbonate complexation may be a realistic scenario. Further SEM-EDX and HREM-EDX studies showed that uranium(VI) sorption occurred predominantly on montmorillonite, which is the main component of bentonite. Uranium(VI) sorption on bentonite's accessory Minerals (pyrite, calcite, mica, and feldspar) was not observed. Investigation of uranium(VI) sorption on four montmorillonite-standard, which are distinguished by the cationic

  14. The use of synthetic Zn-/Ni-labeled montmorillonite colloids as a natural bentonite marker

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Quantification of bentonite erosion rates/colloid release rates and the colloid attachment under unfavourable conditions for clay colloids is frequently based on the detection of the alumino-silicate building blocks and accompanied by relative high analytical uncertainties due to the presence of high background concentrations in the groundwater. In situ experiments planned at the Grimsel Test Site (CH) in the frame of the Colloid Formation and Migration (CFM) project foresee the emplacement of a compacted bentonite source and determination of the bentonite erosion rate under near-natural flow conditions. To univocally differentiate between the natural background colloid concentration and the eroded bentonite an irreversible labeling of the bentonite colloid source placed in a granite fracture would greatly improve their detection and reduce the analytical uncertainty. It is thought to use an admixture to label the natural bentonite. Therefore, the characteristics as erosion behavior, colloid stability and radionuclide sorption/reversibility behavior have to be studied and compared. Here, we focus on the radionuclide sorption reversibility. Synthetic montmorillonite containing structurally bound Zn and Ni in its octahedral layer was used within this study. Actually, Zn and Ni are good candidates to determine more accurately the colloid concentration as the ICP-MS sensitivity is at least one order of magnitude higher and the Zn and Ni background concentrations found in natural ground waters (e.g. Grimsel ground water, GGW) are very low. In the present study, the colloids are first separated and characterized by AsFlFFF-ICP-MS. Then, they are used to perform radionuclide reversibility kinetic experiments similar to those already published under anoxic conditions and room temperature. The aim is to compare the results obtained with those already available on natural FEBEX bentonite derived colloids. The size

  15. Geochemical discrimination of the Upper Ordovician Kinnekulle Bentonite in the Billegrav-2 drill core section, Bornholm, Denmark

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The content of the trace elements Ti, Nb, Zr and Th has been analysed in 34 Upper Ordovician bentonites from the Billegrav-2 drill core, Bornholm, Denmark. The section contains two 80–90 cm thick bentonites, which potentially may represent the Kinnekulle Bentonite, as well as several rather thick but composite bentonite layers with thin terrigenous shale interbeds. Comparison of the four immobile trace elements with data from the Kinnekulle Bentonite reported from other locations in Baltoscandia indicate that the 80 cm thick bentonite between 88.30 and 89.10 m in the Billegrav-2 core represents this marker bed. The other thick (90 cm bentonite in the Billegrav-2 core, exceeding the thickness of the Kinnekulle Bentonite, belongs to the Sinsen or uppermost Grefsen Series bentonites. Bentonites in the Grefsen Series frequently contain much higher concentrations of trace elements than the Kinnekulle Bentonite.

  16. Radioassay of vitamin B-12 employing bentonite

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    Radioassay for vitamin B-12 using the unknown quantity of non-radioactive vitamin B-12 released from serum mixed with the radioactivity of a known quantity of radioactive vitamin B-12 tracer. A solution of intrinsic factor having a binding capacity less than the quantity of serum vitamin B-12 and radioactive vitamin B-12 is used to bind a portion of the vitamin B-12 mixture. The vitamin B-12 not bound to intrinsic factor is removed by addition of a bentonite-containing tablet. The quantity of radioactive vitamin B-12 bound to intrinsic factor is compared with standard values and the unknown serum vitamin B-12 obtained. In the steps of the procedure the acid assay medium is pre-combined with the radioactive tracer so that the radioactive vitamin B-12 tracer receives the same treatment as serum vitamin B-12. Certain of the other reagent solutions are pre-combined and the concentration of the components adjusted so that the volume used of each of these other reagent solutions is the same in different assay steps. Thus, fewer pipetting steps are necessary. 7 claims, 1 drawing figure

  17. Measurement of pH of the Compacted Bentonite under the Reducing Condition

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    Nessa, Syeda Afsarun; Idemitsu, Kazuya; Yamasaki, Yosuke; Inagaki, Yaohiro; Arima, Tatsumi

    2007-01-01

    Compacted bentonite and carbon steel have been considered as the good buffer and over-pack materials in the repositories of high-level radioactive waste disposal. Sodium bentonite, Kunipia-F contains approximately 95wt% of montmorillonite. It has a high cation-exchange capacity and a high specific surface area, and its properties determine the behavior of bentonite. The pH of the pore water in compacted bentonite is an extremely important parameter because of its influence on radionuclide sol...

  18. Diffusion, sorption, and retardation processes of anions in bentonite and organo-bentonites for multibarrier systems

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    Schampera, Birgit; Dultz, Stefan

    2013-04-01

    The low permeability, high cation exchange capacity (CEC) and plasticity of bentonites favor their use in multibarrier systems of waste deposits [1]. Bentonites have a high CEC but their ability to sorb anions is very low. There is, however, need for retardation of anions and organic pollutants in many applications. Bentonites, modified with certain organic cations, have the capacity to sorb anions and non-polar organic compounds in addition to cations. Investigations on organically modified clays address a wide variety of applications including immobilization of pollutants in contaminated soils, waste water treatment and in situ placement for the protection of ground water [2]. Many experiments on anion and cation sorption of organo-clays were conducted in the batch mode which does not reflect solid-liquid ratios and material densities in barrier systems. Diffusion experiments on compacted clays allow the evaluation of transport processes and sorption of pollutants at conditions relevant for repositories. For organo-clays only few diffusion studies are published e.g. [3] measured the diffusion of tritium and [4] the diffusion of H2O in bentonite and organo-bentonites. The organic cation hexadecylpyridinium (HDPy) was added to Wyoming bentonite (MX-80) in amounts corresponding to 2-400 % of the CEC. The uptake of organic cations was determined by the C-content, XRD and IR-spectroscopy. Wettability was analyzed by the contact angle. Physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of clays were characterized. Diffusion experiments were carried out in situ in a cell attached to the ATR-unit of a FTIR-spectrometer. For H2O-diffusion the compacted organo-clays are saturated first with D2O, afterwards H2O is supplied to the surface at the top of the clay platelet. Anion-diffusion was conducted with NO3--solution instead of H2O only having characteristic IR band positions at 1350 cm-1. Three different concentrations (0.25M, 0.5M and 1M) were used. Additional batch

  19. Hydrothermal alkaline stability of bentonite barrier by concrete interstitial wastes

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    At present, the main source of High Level radioactive Waste (HLW) is the electrical energy production during all the steps of developing. In almost all the countries with nuclear programs, the option for the final management of HLW is the Deep Geological Repository (DGR) based on the concept of multi barrier. According to this concept, the waste is isolated from biosphere by the interposition of confinement barriers. Two of the engineering barriers in the Spanish design of DGR in granitic rock are compacted bentonite and concrete. The bentonite barrier is the backfilling and sealing material for the repository gallery, because of its mechanical and physico-chemical properties. The main qualities of concrete as a component of a multi barrier system are its low permeability, mechanical resistance and chemical properties. With regard to chemical composition of concrete, the alkaline nature of cement pore water lowers the solubility of many radioactive elements. However, structural transformation in smectite, dissolution or precipitation of minerals and, consequently, changes in the bentonite properties could occurs in the alkaline conditions generated by the cement degradation. The main objective of the present work is to evaluate the effect of concrete in the stability of Spanish reference bentonite (La Serrata of Nijar, Almeria, Spain) in conditions similar to those estimated in a DGR in granitic rock. Because of the main role of bentonite barrier in the global performance of the repository, the present study is essential to guarantee its security. (Author)

  20. ADSORPTION FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTION ONTO NATURAL AND ACID ACTIVATED BENTONITE

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    Full Text Available Dyes have long been used in dyeing, paper and pulp, textiles, plastics, leather, paint, cosmetics and food industries. Nowadays, more than 100,000 commercial dyes are available with a total production of 700,000 tones manufactured all over the world annually. About 10-15% of dyes are being disposed off as a waste into the environment after dyeing process. This poses certain hazards and environmental problems. The objective of this study is to investigate the adsorption behavior of Methylene Blue (MB from aqueous solution onto natural and acid activated Jordanian bentonite. Both bentonites are firstly characterized using XRD, FTIR and SEM techniques. Then batch adsorption experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of initial MB concentration, contact time, pH and temperature. It was found that the percentage of dye removal was improved from 75.8% for natural bentonite to reach 99.6% for acid treated bentonite. The rate of MB removal followed the pseudo second order model with a high correlation factor. The Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe the equilibrium isotherms. The Langmuir isotherm model was found more representative. The results indicate that bentonite could be employed as a low cost adsorbent in wastewater treatment for the removal of colour and dyes.

  1. Tracer diffusion in compacted, water-saturated bentonite

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    Compacted Na-bentonite clay barriers, widely used in the isolation of solid-waste landfills and other contaminated sites, have been proposed for a similar use in the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Molecular diffusion through the pore space in these barriers plays a key role in their performance, thus motivating recent measurements of the apparent diffusion coefficient tensor of water tracers in compacted, water-saturated Na-bentonites. In the present study, we introduce a conceptual model in which the pore space of water-saturated bentonite is divided into 'macropore' and 'interlayer nanopore' compartments. With this model we determine quantitatively the relative contributions of pore-network geometry (expressed as a geometric factor) and of the diffusive behavior of water molecules near montmorillonite basal surfaces(expressed as a contrastivity factor) to the apparent diffusion coefficient tensor. Our model predicts, in agreement with experiment, that the mean principal value of the apparent diffusion coefficient tensor follows a single relationship when plotted against the partial montmorillonite dry density (mass of montmorillonite per combined volume of montmorillonite and pore space). Using a single fitted parameter, the mean principal geometric factor, our model successfully describes this relationship for a broad range of bentonite-water system, from dilute gel to highly-compacted bentonite with 80 percent of its pore water in interlayer nanopores

  2. Utilization of locally available bentonites for water purification by activation

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    Acid activation of commercial bentonite was conducted and tested for adsorption of impurities in water and industrial products. The properties of adsorption/absorption of bentonite are also used to remove impurities for the processing of edible oils and fats, as well as for the purification of products like honey and alcohol. The design of various experiments in order to assess and simulate the effects of acid activation of commercial bentonite on the adsorption capacity of methylene blue dye is described in this paper. The key parameters of the acid activation, namely acid concentration, contact time, temperature and type of acid, were established. The results indicated effects of these variables on the effectiveness of adsorption. The Swelling Index value of activated bentonite was 20 ml per 2 gram in deionized water as compared to 8 ml per 2 gm in unactivated samples. The acid concentration exerts a predominant individual effect as compared to other parameters. Bentonite activated by 5N HCl has more adsorption capacity than 40% HSO. Excessive 2 4 activation is discussed in terms of loss in both porosity and acid strength. (author)

  3. Decantation time of evaluation on bentonite clays fractionation

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    Bentonite clays present a great number of industrial uses, from petroleum to pharmaceutics and cosmetic industry. The bentonite clay present particles with very fine particles that is responsible by the vast application of these materials. However, commercial clays present wide particle size distribution and a significant content of impurities, particularly quartz, in the form of silt and fine silt. So, the aim of this work is to analyze the effect of the stirring and decantation time in the deagglomeration, purification and size separation of the bentonite clay particles from Paraiba. The clays were characterized by X-ray diffraction and particle size distribution. Based on the results it was observed the decantation time give the elimination of the agglomerates formed by submicrometric particles. The uses of decantation column give separation of the fraction below 200nm. (author)

  4. Coupled behaviour of bentonite buffer results of PUSKURI project

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    In the report main results form a KYT2010 programme's project Coupled behaviour of bentonite buffer (PUSKURI) are presented. In THC modelling, Aku Itaelae made and published his Master of Science Thesis. Itaelae was able to successfully model the LOT-experiment. Additionally, he also listed problems and development proposals for THC-modelling of bentonite buffer. VTT and Numerola created in collaboration a model coupling saturation, diffusion and cation exchange; the model was implemented and tested in Numerrin, COMSOL and TOUGHREACT. Petri Jussila's PhD THM-model was implemented into COMSOL to facilitate further development. At GTK, the mineralogical characterisation of bentonite was planned. The previous THM model (Jussila's model) including only small deformations was successfully generalized to finite deformations in way at least formally preserving the original formalism. It appears that the theory allows also a possibility to include finite plastic deformations in the theory. In order to measure the relevant mechanical properties of compacted bentonite, two different experiments, namely hydrostatic compression experiment and one-dimensional compression experiment were designed. In the hydrostatic compression experiment, a cylindrical sample of compacted bentonite covered with liquid rubber coating is placed in the sample chamber equipped with a piston. The same device was also used in one-dimensional compression experiment. X-ray microtomographic techniques were used in order to study the basic mechanisms of water transport in bentonite. The preliminary results indicate that in the present experimental set-up, water transport is dominated by a dispersive mechanism such as diffusion of vapour in gas phase or diffusion of water in solid phase. (orig.)

  5. Structure and forces in bentonite MX-80

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    Wyoming bentonite (MX-80) and its ion exchanged forms, Na and Ca montmorillonite, have been studied experimentally and theoretically. A variety of experimental techniques have been used in order to gain insight into the structural conditions in dry clay as well as clay in equilibrium with a bulk solution of given ionic composition. The main objective has been the swelling behaviour and osmotic pressure of montmorillonite clay when the bulk solution contains a mix of monovalent sodium and divalent calcium ions. For a clay system in equilibrium with pure water, Monte Carlo simulations predict a large swelling when the clay counterions are monovalent, while in presence of divalent counterions a limited swelling is predicted with an aqueous layer between the clay lamellaes of about 1 nm. This latter result is in excellent agreement with small angle x-ray scattering data, but in disagreement with dialysis experiments, which gives a significantly larger swelling for Ca montmorillonite in pure water. Obviously, there is one lamellar swelling and a second 'extra-lamellar' swelling, which could be the result of a phase separation in the clay. Montmorillonite in contact with a salt reservoir with both Na+ and Ca2+ counterions will only show a modest swelling unless the sodium concentration in the bulk is several orders of magnitude larger than the calcium concentration. The limited swelling of clay in presence of divalent counterions is a consequence of ion-ion correlations, which reduce the entropic repulsion as well as give rise to an attractive component in the total osmotic pressure. Ion-ion correlations also favour divalent counterions in a situation where we have a competition with monovalent ones. A more fundamental result of ion-ion correlations is that the osmotic pressure as a function of clay sheet separation becomes nonmonotonic, which indicates the possibility of a phase separation into a concentrated and a dilute clay phase. This phenomenon could explain the

  6. Geochemical evolution of the Fe/Febex bentonite interface under simultaneous hydration and heating

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    part of the cells was a plane stainless steel heater set at a temperature of 100 deg. C. In this way, a constant gradient between top and bottom of the sample was imposed. The hydration is made through the upper plug of the cell with water (granite water collected from Grimsel Test Site) taken from a stainless steel pressurized deposit. The cells were instrumented with capacitive-type sensors placed inside the clay at two different levels recording the evolution of relative humidity and temperature as the hydration front advances. Two of these cells were dismantled during European scientific research program NF-PRO after 6 and 15 months of operation and a third one was dismantled in the framework of the PEBS European Project after 52 months of operation. A detailed sampling of the iron/bentonite interface and the iron itself was performed for geochemical characterization. In all cases, an advective movement of salts towards the heater has been observed. Figure 1 shows the advance of the chloride front towards the heater as a function of the test time. After 15 months, most of soluble chloride is concentrated at the interface. Chloride was detected in corrosion products from the three dismantled cells. Initial precipitation of chloride seems to play a relevant role in the first stages of the corrosion process, as it helps to initiate it. In the three dismantled tests, Fe powder seems to undergo slight corrosion. Sequential dismantling of the cells allowed studying the influence of time on the nature of the corrosion products. Different colours were observed in the Fe powder as a function of the test time. Goethite and hematite were the main corrosion products identified in the 6-month and 15-month tests, respectively. In the 52- month test, a deep blue iron oxide was found together with goethite and hematite. Its characterization confirmed the formation of Fe(II) and mixed Fe(II)/Fe(III) phases (ferrous hydroxide and magnetite). No alteration of the bentonite was

  7. Characterization of bentonite clay from “Greda” deposit

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    Full Text Available Based on mineralogical and technological investigations of the deposit “Greda” important characteristics of bentonite clay were determined. Representative samples of the deposit were characterized with X-ray diffraction, low-temperature nitrogen adsorption, chemical analysis, differential thermal analysis and scanning electron microscopy. It was determined that the main mineral is montmorillonite and in subordinate quantities kaolinite, quartz and pyrite. The chemical composition generally shows high silica and alumina contents in all samples and small quantities of Fe3+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ cations. Based on technological and mineralogical research, bentonite from this deposit is a high-quality raw material for use in the ceramic industry.

  8. Evaluation of phenomena affecting diffusion of cations in compacted bentonite

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    In a number of diffusion studies, contradictions between the apparent diffusivities of cations and their distribution coefficients in bentonite have been found. Two principal reasons have been offered as explanations for this discrepancy; diffusion of the sorbed cations, often called surface diffusion, and the decrease of sorption in compacted clay compared to a sorption value obtained from a batch experiment. In the study the information available from the literature on sorption-diffusion mechanisms of cations in bentonite has been compiled and re-interpreted in order to improve the understanding of the diffusion process. (103 refs., 23 figs., 8 tabs.)

  9. Characterization of geosynthetic clay liner bentonite using micro-analytical methods

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    In barrier design, familiarity of the structure and composition of the soil material at the micron scale is necessary for delineating the retention mechanisms of introduced metals, such as the formation of new mineral phases. In this study, the mineralogical and chemical makeup of the bentonite from a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) was extensively characterized using a combination of conventional benchtop X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro X-ray diffraction (μXRD) with synchrotron-generated micro X-ray fluorescence (μXRF) elemental mapping and μXRD (S-μXRD). These methods allow for the non-destructive, in situ investigation of a sample, with μm spatial resolution. Synchrotron-based hard X-ray microprobes are specifically advantageous to the study of trace metals due to higher spatial resolution (<10 μm) and higher analytical sensitivity (femtogram detection) than is possible using normal laboratory-based instruments. Minerals comprising less than 5% of the total bentonite sample such as gypsum, goethite and pyrite were identified that were not accessible by other conventional methods for the same GCL bentonite. Two dimensional General Area Diffraction Detector System (GADDS) images proved to be particularly advantageous in differentiating between the microcrystalline clay, which appeared as homogeneous Debye rings, and the 'spotty' or 'grainy' appearance of primary, more-coarsely-crystalline, accessory minerals. For S-μXRD, the tunability of the synchrotron X-rays allowed for efficient distinction of both clay minerals at low scattering angles and in identifying varying Fe oxide minerals at higher angles. GCL samples permeated with metal-bearing mining solutions were also examined in order to consider how mechanisms of metal attenuation may be identified using the same techniques. In addition to the cation exchange capacity from the montmorillonite clay, tests showed how minerals comprising only 1-2% of the bentonite such as goethite could potentially play a

  10. Ocorrência de uma nova bentonita brasileira nos basaltos intemperizados da formação Mosquito, bacia do Parnaíba, sul do Maranhão Occurrence of a new brazilian bentonite in the weathered basalts of the Mosquito formation, Parnaíba basin, southern Maranhão, Brazil

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    Full Text Available No município de Formosa da Serra Negra, sul do Maranhão, às margens da rodovia MA006, encontram-se afloramentos de basaltos intemperizados da Formação Mosquito, apresentando textura bastante argilosa e potencial de ser um material bentonítico. Neste trabalho, esse material que vem sendo considerado uma nova ocorrência de bentonita no Brasil e, batizado de Formosa, foi caracterizado por difração de raios X, fluorescência de raios X, microscopia eletrônica de varredura, espectroscopia Mössbauer e capacidade de troca catiônica, em amostra total e após separação granulométrica, e ainda, comparada com duas das principais bentonitas brasileiras, Chocolate e Bofe. Apesar das variações químicas e mineralógicas encontradas, muito comuns nesse tipo de argila, as semelhanças observadas convencem o promissor uso da argila Formosa como bentonita, uma vez que o ponto principal da caracterização está na presença dominante de montmorillonita e baixa concentração de outras fases minerais, mostrando que esse material apresenta mineralogia importante do ponto de vista tecnológico.Extensive weathered basalt outcrops can be found in the vicinities of the Formosa da Serra Negra town, southern of Maranhão state, northern Brazil. They exhibit typical clay texture and an enormous potential to be used and explored as bentonite. This work deals with the chemical and mineralogical characterization of this material that has been named as Formosa Bentonite. The main following methods and analytical techniques were used: XRD, XRF, SEM, Mössbauer spectroscopy and CEC in total sample and after grain size separation. Two samples from the main Brazilian "Paraíba bentonites" (Chocolate and Bofe types were used for comparison purposes. The results show that the Formosa bentonite exhibit some chemical and mineralogical differences in comparison with the two reference samples, although the main and most important feature is the presence of

  11. Study on long-term performance of bentonite layer in radioactive waste repository

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    It is important to appropriately evaluate the long-term performance of the bentonite layer in a radioactive waste repository because it can considerably affect the repository function for containment and delay of nuclides. Thus far, limited knowledge has been available on alkali alteration phenomena of highly compacted bentonite and their effect on its physical properties. In this study, we developed an apparatus for testing alkali alteration phenomena of highly compacted bentonite and its physical properties. Through studies conducted using the apparatus, we concluded that the alkali dissolution rate of montmorillonite in highly compacted bentonite is less than 9.7 x 10-13 mol/m2/sec and that the hydraulic conductivity of the bentonite layer is affected by the pore structure, which can be refined by the effect of dissolution and precipitation of minerals in bentonite, as well as by the density of the bentonite layer and the electrolyte concentration of pore solution. (author)

  12. Analog and VLSI circuits

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    2009-01-01

    Featuring hundreds of illustrations and references, this book provides the information on analog and VLSI circuits. It focuses on analog integrated circuits, presenting the knowledge on monolithic device models, analog circuit cells, high performance analog circuits, RF communication circuits, and PLL circuits.

  13. Modeling of the chemical interactions between concrete and Febex bentonite subjected to hydration and a thermal gradient

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Concrete can be used in a radioactive waste repository to support either the bentonite barriers in disposal tunnels or the access galleries. Concrete degradation generates an alkaline plume that can affect the swelling and transport properties of the bentonite barriers and the clayey host rock in contact with concrete. Various studies have been performed in order to study the influence of alkaline solutions on the FEBEX bentonite. For instance, Cuevas et al. carried out a set of batch and column experiments on the system alkaline-water/mortar/bentonite in the temperature range 25-120 deg. C. The main phases identified during these experiments were tobermorite or C-S-H gels, Mg-clays and zeolites (analcime, phillipsite). Precipitation of a smectitic tri-octahedral phase was confirmed, as well. In the framework of the NF-Pro Project, a series of complementary tests were designed to study the interactions between concrete (CEM-I cement) and the FEBEX bentonite under more relevant repository conditions. The tests were carried out in hermetic cylindrical cells in which a concrete slab was placed on the top of a compacted bentonite block. Hydration was performed with a synthetic solution by applying a hydraulic pressure of 12 bars at the concrete slab. The solution mimicked a Na-Cl-SO4 pore water found in Spanish argillaceous formations. A constant thermal gradient was also established in the cells, ranging from 25 deg. C on the top of the concrete slab to 100 deg. C at the bottom of the bentonite block. Three of the cells were dismantled after 6, 12 and 18 months of operation. The chemical and mineralogical evolutions of the concrete slab and the bentonite block were modeled with the reactive transport code HYTEC, taking into account hydration and a temperature gradient. The thermal and suction properties of the materials were correctly considered in the calculations but not the important process of vapor transport (i

  14. Experimental study of swell-shrink characteristics on compacted Gaomiaozi bentonite as the buffer/backfilling materials for HLW disposal

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    In the deep geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste, buffer/backfill materials act as engineering barrier, hydraulic barrier, and chemical barrier, which can transmit and propagate the heat generated by radioactive waste in the deep geological repository. Gaomiaozi (GMZ) bentonite has been chosen as the first choice for using as buffer/back- fill materials in deep disposal of high-level radioactive waste in China. The swelling pressure, swelling and shrinking de formation property of compacted GMZ bentonite are studied in this paper. The results show that GMZ bentonite has high swelling property and low shrink characteristic. Swelling pressure changes with time nonlinearly. Moreover, there is a linear relationship with water content and an exponential relationship with dry density. The swelling property is influenced mainly by initial dry density, and the shrinking property is influenced mainly by initial water content. On the condition of the high water content and dry density, swelling pressure is about 0.85∼4.64 MPa, unloaded swelling ratio and shrinkage coefficient are around 24.4%∼40.8% and 0.19∼0.50 respectively. (authors)

  15. Influence of temperature on corrosion rate and porosity of corrosion products of carbon steel in anoxic bentonite environment

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    Highlights: •The corrosion rate is not significantly dependent on temperature. •Corrosion products at higher temperatures have different color. •Corrosion products at higher temperatures are more compact. •The change in corrosion products nature is reversible. -- Abstract: The study focuses on the porosity of layers of corrosion products and its impact on corrosion rate of carbon steel in moist bentonite. Measurements were performed in an aggressive Czech type of bentonite – Rokle B75 at temperatures of 90 and 40 °C. Aggressiveness of B75 bentonite consists in low content of chlorides. Presence of chlorides in pore solution allows formation of more protective magnetite. The evaluation was made by electrochemical techniques (red/ox potential, open circuit potential, linear polarization resistance, impedance spectroscopy) and resistometric sensor measurements. The result imply that the higher the temperature the more compact is the layer of corrosion products that slightly decelerates corrosion rate compared to the state at 40 °C. The state of corrosion products at both temperatures is reversible

  16. Transport of a solute pulse through the bentonite barrier of deep geological high-level waste storage facilities in granite

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    Spain like Sweden, Finland, Canada and other countries has opted for an open nuclear fuel cycle, and to store the unreprocessed spent fuel in a stable geological formation. Sweden, Finland and Canada have chosen granite rock for their high-level waste storage facilities. Their Performance Assessment of disposal systems have all obtained to the same result. The greatest annual doses are caused by I 129 in the gap between the fuel rods and the cladding. The reference concept for the Spanish high-level waste storage facility in granite provides for final storage in a granite mass at a depth of 500 m in carbon steel capsules in horizontal tunnels surrounded by a bentonite buffer. It the capsule fails due to generalised corrosion, an not giving credit for the cladding, the I 129 and other radionuclides in the gap would pass immediately into the surrounding water. This paper describes the modelling of the transport of the solute through the bentonite around the capsule to determine the fraction that crosses the bentonite each year. It also analyses the sensitivity of the results to the boundary condition adopted and changes in the values of the relevant parameters. (Author)

  17. Preparation of alpha-alumina-supported mesoporous bentonite membranes for reverse osmosis desalination of aqueous solutions.

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    Li, Liangxiong; Dong, Junhang; Lee, Robert

    2004-05-15

    In this study, mesoporous bentonite clay membranes approximately 2 microm thick were prepared on porous alpha-alumina substrates by a sol-gel method. Nanosized clay particles were obtained from commercial Na-bentonite powders (Wyoming) by a process of sedimentation, washing, and freeze-drying. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption were employed for membrane characterization. It was found that the content of solids, concentration of polymer binder, and pH value of the clay colloidal suspension had critical influences on membrane formation during the dip-coating process. The membranes were tested for reverse osmosis separation of a 0.1 M NaCl solution. Both water permeability and Na(+) rejection rate of the supported membranes were comparable to those of the compacted thick membranes reported in the literature. However, due to the drastically reduced membrane thickness, water permeance and flux of the supported membranes were significantly higher than those of the compacted thick membranes. It was also observed that the calcination temperature played a critical role in determining structural stability in water and desalination performance of the clay membrane. PMID:15082392

  18. Structure and forces in bentonite MX-80

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    Joensson, Bo; Aakesson, Torbjoern; Joensson, Bengt; Meehdi, Segad; Janiak, John; Wallenberg, Reine (Theoretical Chemistry, Chemical Center, Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden))

    2009-03-15

    Wyoming bentonite (MX-80) and its ion exchanged forms, Na and Ca montmorillonite, have been studied experimentally and theoretically. A variety of experimental techniques have been used in order to gain insight into the structural conditions in dry clay as well as clay in equilibrium with a bulk solution of given ionic composition. The main objective has been the swelling behaviour and osmotic pressure of montmorillonite clay when the bulk solution contains a mix of monovalent sodium and divalent calcium ions. For a clay system in equilibrium with pure water, Monte Carlo simulations predict a large swelling when the clay counterions are monovalent, while in presence of divalent counterions a limited swelling is predicted with an aqueous layer between the clay lamellaes of about 1 nm. This latter result is in excellent agreement with small angle x-ray scattering data, but in disagreement with dialysis experiments, which gives a significantly larger swelling for Ca montmorillonite in pure water. Obviously, there is one lamellar swelling and a second 'extra-lamellar' swelling, which could be the result of a phase separation in the clay. Montmorillonite in contact with a salt reservoir with both Na+ and Ca2+ counterions will only show a modest swelling unless the sodium concentration in the bulk is several orders of magnitude larger than the calcium concentration. The limited swelling of clay in presence of divalent counterions is a consequence of ion-ion correlations, which reduce the entropic repulsion as well as give rise to an attractive component in the total osmotic pressure. Ion-ion correlations also favour divalent counterions in a situation where we have a competition with monovalent ones. A more fundamental result of ion-ion correlations is that the osmotic pressure as a function of clay sheet separation becomes nonmonotonic, which indicates the possibility of a phase separation into a concentrated and a dilute clay phase. This phenomenon could

  19. Magnesium incorporated bentonite clay for defluoridation of drinking water

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    Low cost bentonite clay was chemically modified using magnesium chloride in order to enhance its fluoride removal capacity. The magnesium incorporated bentonite (MB) was characterized by using XRD and SEM techniques. Batch adsorption experiments were conducted to study and optimize various operational parameters such as adsorbent dose, contact time, pH, effect of co-ions and initial fluoride concentration. It was observed that the MB works effectively over wide range of pH and showed a maximum fluoride removal capacity of 2.26 mg g-1 at an initial fluoride concentration of 5 mg L-1, which is much better than the unmodified bentonite. The experimental data fitted well into Langmuir adsorption isotherm and follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. Thermodynamic study suggests that fluoride adsorption on MB is reasonably spontaneous and an endothermic process. MB showed significantly high fluoride removal in synthetic water as compared to field water. Desorption study of MB suggest that almost all the loaded fluoride was desorbed (∼97%) using 1 M NaOH solution however maximum fluoride removal decreases from 95.47 to 73 (%) after regeneration. From the experimental results, it may be inferred that chemical modification enhances the fluoride removal efficiency of bentonite and it works as an effective adsorbent for defluoridation of water.

  20. A review of porosity and diffusion in bentonite

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    Porosity in bentonite can be subdivided in free porewater, diffuse double layer (DDL) water, and interlayer water in montmorillonite, the most important mineral of bentonite. The proportions of these water types can be calculated from the internal and external specific surface area of montmorillonite and the width of interlayer- and DDL-water. Stacking of the TOT layers in montmorillonite in the c-direction is the master variable that determines the specific internal and external surface areas. The thickness of the water layers depends on the ionic strength and the composition of the free porewater, and on the packing density of the bentonite. When the proportions of the water types change, the diffusion of cations, anions and neutral molecules is affected in different ways since the diffusional properties vary. Diffusive fluxes are proportional with accessible porosity, chemical potential gradient, and diffusion coefficient, but not with concentration as has been proposed often in diffusion models. The equations for calculating the diffusive flux through interlayer water are derived. The potential gradient here is given by the gradient of the equivalent (or molar) fraction of the cation in the cation exchange capacity. The latter is expressed as concentration in the interlayer water. An example calculation illustrates that the flux in interlayer water can be dominant and opposite to the one in free porewater. Retardation by ion exchange is an important process in bentonite that can be modeled if the concentrations of major ions are known. Unfortunately, the analyses are almost never done in diffusion experiments.(orig.)

  1. Sodium Bentonite-Based Fire Retardant Coatings Containing Starch

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    Sodium bentonite (SB) gel and foam coatings were tested for their ability to suppress the rate of heat increase at the surface of commercial lap siding. Starch was added to some treatments to determine whether it stabilized the coating and prevented vertical slumping. A commercial fire protection ge...

  2. Experimental study on bentonite gel migration from a deposition hole

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    The experimental study on bentonite gel migration from a deposition hole into a surrounding joint has been performed by using a transparent acrylic resin cell with a slot. Cylindrical blocks of pure bentonite and a bentonite-sand mixture have been used as the buffer material, and the slot width simulating the joint aperture is set between 0.3 to 1.5 mm. The time-dependence displacement of migrating gel fronts in the slots and the swelling pressure of the sample in the core, which simulate a deposition hole, have been measured. It has been observed that the migrating gel front separates two distinct zones, and the displacement of the front is proportional to the square-root of time before the separation. With wider slots, the swelling pressure of the sample in the core has rapidly decreased. Applying theoretical models to the experimental results, the viscosity of the migrating gel in the slot (ca. 200 MPa·s) and the diffusion coefficient of bentonite clay (ca. 3 x 10-11m2/s) have been obtained. (author)

  3. Diffusion of anions and cations in compacted sodium bentonite

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    The thesis presents the results of studies on the diffusion mechanisms of anions and cations in compacted sodium bentonite, which is planned to be used as a buffer material in nuclear waste disposal in Finland. The diffusivities and sorption factors were determined by tracer experiments. The pore volume accessible to chloride, here defined as effective porosity, was determined as a function of bentonite density and electrolyte concentration in water, and the Stern-Gouy double-layer model was used to explain the observed anion exclusion. The sorption of Cs+ and Sr2+ was studied in loose and compacted bentonite samples as a function of the electrolyte concentration in solution. In order to obtain evidence of the diffusion of exchangeable cations, defined as surface diffusion, the diffusivities of Cs+ and Sr2+ in compacted bentonite were studied as a function of the sorption factor, which was varied by electrolyte concentration in solution. The measurements were performed both by a non-steady state method and by a through-diffusion method. (89 refs., 35 fig., 4 tab.)

  4. DEPOSITS AND MINING POTENTIAL OF BENTONITE IN CROATIA

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite is one of the materials that is planed to be used for buffering and backfilling in spent nuclear fuel repositories, within deep crystalline rock. There are several locations in Croatia that bentonite deposits and occurrences are found on. Some were exploited in past, and others were more or less explored. This paper presents overview of bentonite deposits, basic properties and potential resources, and mining practices in Croatia. Largest exploited deposits are found in area of Poljanska luka, Gornja Jelenska and Bednja. Surface and underground methods (drift and fill, sublevel caving were used during exploitation. In the area of Svilaja and Lika are found potentially valuable deposits that were never exploited. Montmorilonite content ranges form 20-50% to 57-89%. Most deposits contain bentonite beds with thickness 0,4-1,6 m, and have plunge 10°-30°. Few exceptions are nearly horizontal and thick more than 5 m and even 12 m. One is declined at 70° and up to 40m thick. Proven reserves are about 2,3 Mt with some level of uncertainty. Average production per mine during exploitation period can be assumed to be several thousands t/y.

  5. Polypropylene–clay composite prepared from Indian bentonite

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    Madhuchhanda Sarkar; Kausik Dana; Sankar Ghatak; Amarnath Banerjee

    2008-02-01

    In the present work, a set of experimental polypropylene (PP) clay composites containing pristine bentonite clay of Indian origin has been prepared and then characterized. The polymer clay composites are processed by solution mixing of polypropylene with bentonite clay using a solvent xylene and high speed electric stirrer at a temperature around 130°C and then by compression molding at 170°C. The mechanical properties of PP–clay composites like tensile strength, hardness and impact resistance have been investigated. Microstructural studies were carried out using scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope and the thermal properties were studied using differential scanning calorimeter. Mechanical properties of the prepared composites showed highest reinforcing and toughening effects of the clay filler at a loading of only 5 mass % in PP matrix. Tensile strength was observed to be highest in case of 5 mass % of clay loading and it was more than 14% of that of the neat PP, while toughness increased by more than 80%. Bentonite clay–PP composite (5 mass %) also showed 60% increase in impact energy value. However, no significant change was observed in case of hardness and tensile modulus. Higher percentages of bentonite clay did not further improve the properties with respect to pristine polypropylene. The study of the microstructure of the prepared polymer layered silicate clay composites showed a mixed morphology with multiple stacks of clay layers and tactoids of different thicknesses.

  6. Science Teachers' Analogical Reasoning

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    Mozzer, Nilmara Braga; Justi, Rosária

    2013-08-01

    Analogies can play a relevant role in students' learning. However, for the effective use of analogies, teachers should not only have a well-prepared repertoire of validated analogies, which could serve as bridges between the students' prior knowledge and the scientific knowledge they desire them to understand, but also know how to introduce analogies in their lessons. Both aspects have been discussed in the literature in the last few decades. However, almost nothing is known about how teachers draw their own analogies for instructional purposes or, in other words, about how they reason analogically when planning and conducting teaching. This is the focus of this paper. Six secondary teachers were individually interviewed; the aim was to characterize how they perform each of the analogical reasoning subprocesses, as well as to identify their views on analogies and their use in science teaching. The results were analyzed by considering elements of both theories about analogical reasoning: the structural mapping proposed by Gentner and the analogical mechanism described by Vosniadou. A comprehensive discussion of our results makes it evident that teachers' content knowledge on scientific topics and on analogies as well as their pedagogical content knowledge on the use of analogies influence all their analogical reasoning subprocesses. Our results also point to the need for improving teachers' knowledge about analogies and their ability to perform analogical reasoning.

  7. Activation of a Ca-bentonite as buffer material

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Swelling behavior is an important criterion in achieving the low-permeability sealing function of buffer material. A potential buffer material may be used for radioactive waste repository in Taiwan is a locally available clayey material known as Zhisin clay, which has been identified as a Ca-bentonite. Due to its Ca-based origin, Zhisin was found to exhibit swelling capacity much lower than that of Na-bentonite. To enhance the swelling potential of Zhisin clay, a cation exchange process by addition of Na2CO3 powder was introduced in this paper. The addition of Na2CO3 reagent to Zhisin clay, in a liquid phase, caused the precipitation of CaCO3 and thereby induced a replacement of Ca2+ ions by Na+ ions on the surface of bentonite. Characterization test conducted on Zhisin clay includes chemical analysis, cation exchange capacity, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetry (TG). Free-swelling test apparatus was developed according to International Society of Rock Mechanics recommendations. A series of free-swelling tests were conducted on untreated and activated specimens to characterize the effect of activation on the swelling capacity of Zhisin clay. Efforts were made to determine an optimum dosage for the activation, and to evaluate the aging effect. Also, the activated material was evaluated for its stability in various hydrothermal conditions for potential applications as buffer material in a repository. Experimental results show that Na2CO3-activated Zhisin clay is superior in swelling potential to untreated Zhisin clay. Also, there exists an optimum amount of activator in terms of improvements in the swelling capacity. A distinct time-swell relationship was discovered for activated Zhisin clay. The corresponding mechanism refers to exchange of cations and breakdown of quasi-crystal, which results in ion exchange hysteresis of Ca-bentonite. Due to the ion exchange hysteresis, activated bentonite shows a post

  8. Activation of a Ca-bentonite as buffer material

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    Huang, Wei-Hsing; Chen, Wen-Chuan

    2016-04-01

    Swelling behavior is an important criterion in achieving the low-permeability sealing function of buffer material. A potential buffer material may be used for radioactive waste repository in Taiwan is a locally available clayey material known as Zhisin clay, which has been identified as a Ca-bentonite. Due to its Ca-based origin, Zhisin was found to exhibit swelling capacity much lower than that of Na-bentonite. To enhance the swelling potential of Zhisin clay, a cation exchange process by addition of Na2CO3 powder was introduced in this paper. The addition of Na2CO3 reagent to Zhisin clay, in a liquid phase, caused the precipitation of CaCO3 and thereby induced a replacement of Ca2+ ions by Na+ ions on the surface of bentonite. Characterization test conducted on Zhisin clay includes chemical analysis, cation exchange capacity, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetry (TG). Free-swelling test apparatus was developed according to International Society of Rock Mechanics recommendations. A series of free-swelling tests were conducted on untreated and activated specimens to characterize the effect of activation on the swelling capacity of Zhisin clay. Efforts were made to determine an optimum dosage for the activation, and to evaluate the aging effect. Also, the activated material was evaluated for its stability in various hydrothermal conditions for potential applications as buffer material in a repository. Experimental results show that Na2CO3-activated Zhisin clay is superior in swelling potential to untreated Zhisin clay. Also, there exists an optimum amount of activator in terms of improvements in the swelling capacity. A distinct time-swell relationship was discovered for activated Zhisin clay. The corresponding mechanism refers to exchange of cations and breakdown of quasi-crystal, which results in ion exchange hysteresis of Ca-bentonite. Due to the ion exchange hysteresis, activated bentonite shows a post-rise time-swell relationship different than the sigmoid

  9. Effects of the injection grout Silica sol on bentonite

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    Silica sol, i.e., colloidal SiO2, may be used as a low-pH injection grout for very fine fractures in the construction of deep geological repositories for radioactive waste in Sweden and in Finland. If the bentonite barrier encounters SiO2-colloid particles under conditions favorable for aggregation, there is concern that it will modify the bentonite barrier at the bentonite/bedrock interface. In this study qualitative experiments were performed with mixed dispersions of SiO2-colloids and bentonite or homo-ionic Na/Ca-montmorillonite. Samples were prepared at different colloid concentrations and treated under various conditions such as low and high ionic strength (0.3 M NaCl), as well as dehydration and re-dispersing. Free swelling and settling experiments were performed in order to qualitatively compare the conditions in which SiO2-colloids affect the bulk/macro properties of bentonite. In order to study specific SiO2-colloid/montmorillonite interactions and preferred type of initial aggregation, dilute dispersions of homo-ionic montmorillonite dispersions mixed with varying concentrations of SiO2-colloids were prepared and selected samples were characterized by PCS, SEM/EDS, AFM and PXRD. The results from this study show that bentonite and montmorillonite particles can be modified by SiO2-colloids when mixed in comparable amounts, due to dehydration or high ionic strength. Some indications for increased colloidal stability for the SiO2-colloid modified clay particles were also found. From the AFM investigation it was found that initial attachment of the SiO2-colloids in Na+ dominated samples seemed to occur on the edges of the montmorillonite layers. In Ca2+ dominated samples not subjected to excess NaCl, SiO2-colloid sorption onto the faces of the montmorillonite layers was also found. In all, contact between the bentonite barrier and un-gelled Silica sol should preferably be avoided. (authors)

  10. Response surface optimisation for activation of bentonite with microwave irradiation

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    Rožić Ljiljana S.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the statistical design of the experimental method was applied on the acid activation process of bentonite with microwave irradiation. The influence of activation parameters (time, acid normality and microwave heating power on the selected process response of the activated bentonite samples was studied. The specific surface area was chosen for the process response, because the chemical, surface and structural properties of the activated clay determine and limit its potential applications. The relationship of various process parameters with the specific surface area of bentonite was examined. A mathematical model was developed using a second-order response surface model (RSM with a central composite design incorporating the above mentioned process parameters. The mathematical model developed helped in predicting the variation in specific surface area of activated bentonite with time (5-21 min, acid normality (2-7 N and microwave heating power (63-172 W. The calculated regression models were found to be statistically significant at the required range and presented little variability. Furthermore, high values of R2 (0.957 and R2 (adjusted (0.914 indicate a high dependence and correlation between the observed and the predicted values of the response. These high values also indicate that about 96% of the result of the total variation can be explained by this model. In addition, the model shows that increasing the time and acid normality improves the textural properties of bentonites, resulting in increased specific surface area. This model also can be useful for setting an optimum value of the activation parameters for achieving the maximum specific surface area. An optimum specific surface area of 142 m2g-1 was achieved with an acid normality of 5.2 N, activation time of 7.38 min and microwave power of 117 W. Acid activation of bentonite was found to occur faster with microwave irradiation than with conventional heating. Microwave

  11. Study of cesium and strontium adsorption on slovak bentonite

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    Bentonite is a natural clay and one of the most promising candidates for use as a buffer material in the geological disposal systems for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. It is intended to isolate metal canisters with highly radioactive waste products from the surrounding rocks because of its ability to retard the movement of radionuclides by adsorption. Slovak Republic avails of many significant deposits of bentonite. Adsorption of Cs and Sr on five Slovak bentonite of deposits (Jelsovy potok, Kopernica, Lieskovec, Lastovce and Dolna Ves) and montmorillonite K10 (Sigma-Aldrich) has been studied with the using batch of radiometric techniques. Natural, irradiated and natrified samples, in three different kinds of grain size: 15, 45 and 250 μm have been used in the experiments. The adsorptions of Cs and Sr on bentonite under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, adsorbent and adsorbate concentrations, pH after adsorption and effect of pH change, chemical modification, competitive ions and organic agents on the adsorption have been studied. The Kd have been determined for adsorbent-Cs/Sr solution system as a function of contact time and adsorbate and adsorbent concentration. The data have been interpreted in terms of Langmuir isotherm. The adsorption of Cs and Sr has increased with increasing metal concentrations. Adsorption of Cs and Sr has been suppressed by presence of organic agents; and of bivalent cations more than univalent cations. By adsorption on natrified samples colloidal particles and pH value increase have been formed. Adsorption experiments carried out show that the most suitable materials intended for use as barriers surrounding a canister of spent nuclear fuel are bentonite of the Jelsovy potok and Kopernica deposits. (author)

  12. Evaluation of the outflow characteristic of bentonite buffer material. 2

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    The outflow behaviour of bentonite buffer material was experiment to assess the physical stability in the geological disposal system, the parameters of experiment are the dry density of bentonite, mixtures ratio silica sand, fracture width, and flow velocity. The outflow phenomena were identified as extrusion and erosion, and the experimental results are as follows; 1) Extrusion: The proportional coefficient obtained from the relation between time and extrusion distance was arranged by the relation with effective clay density. The experimental equation of the proportional coefficient is as follows; A = 6.7587x10-7∼ exp(5.7261d)∼ exp((6.1598+(-0.5398d)+(-0.9272d2))∼ Pb). By model experiment, the density distribution into fracture was measured. The density distribution of an extrusion region obtained 0.8-0.2 Mgm-3. The average dry density into fracture of bentonite gel was about 0.4 Mgm-3 below. The influence of density of bentonite/sand mixtures material (30 wt%, 1.6 Mgm-3) by the extrusion phenomenon was calculated. It was assumed that the average fracture density is about eight fractures parameter. The reduction in density of the bentonite/sand mixtures material is about 4.5% (1.527 Mgm-3) of the initial value after 10,000 years. 2) Erosion: The colloid concentration and the particle size in drainage liquid were measured as parameter of flow velocity into fracture. The result of measurement, colloid concentration decreased with the increase in the flow velocity. Moreover, the particle size of colloid became large. In the case of average flow velocity 1E-5 ms-1, the colloid was generated in drainage liquid. Therefore, the flow velocity for occurrence of erosion was suggested smaller than 1E-5 ms-1. (author)

  13. Experimental Investigation of Near-Borehole Crack Plugging with Bentonite

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    Upadhyay, R. A.; Islam, M. N.; Bunger, A.

    2015-12-01

    The success of the disposal of nuclear waste in a deep borehole (DBH) is determined by the integrity of the components of the borehole plug. Bentonite clay has been proposed as a key plugging material, and its effectiveness depends upon its penetration into near-borehole cracks associated with the drilling process. Here we present research aimed at understanding and maximizing the ability of clay materials to plug near-borehole cracks. A device was constructed such that the borehole is represented by a cylindrical chamber, and a near-borehole crack is represented by a slot adjacent to the center chamber. The experiments consist of placing bentonite clay pellets into the center chamber and filling the entire cavity with distilled water so that the pellets hydrate and swell, intruding into the slot because the cell prohibits swelling in the vertical direction along the borehole. Results indicate that the bentonite clay pellets do not fully plug the slot. We propose a model where the penetration is limited by (1) the free swelling potential intrinsic to the system comprised of the bentonite pellets and the hydrating fluid and (2) resisting shear force along the walls of the slot. Narrow slots have a smaller volume for the clay to fill than wider slots, but wider slots present less resistive force to clay intrusion. These two limiting factors work against each other, leading to a non-monotonic relationship between slot width and intrusion length. Further experimental results indicate that the free swelling potential of bentonite clay pellets depends on pellet diameter, "container" geometry, and solution salinity. Smaller diameter pellets possess more relative volumetric expansion than larger diameter pellets. The relative expansion of the clay also appears to decrease with the container size, which we understand to be due to the increased resistive force provided by the container walls. Increasing the salinity of the solution leads to a dramatic decrease in the clay

  14. Transport of Iodide Ion in Compacted Bentonite Containing Ag2O - 12111

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    Observations of the transport of iodide through compacted bentonite containing Ag2O as additive and that without additive were made. Compacted bentonite samples with densities of 1.41 g/cm3 and 1.60 g/cm3 were used in the experiment. The amount of Ag2O added to the compacted bentonite was in the range of 0.0064 ∼ 0.0468 wt/wt%. Two diffusion solutions were used: one in which iodide ion was dissolved in demineralized water (pure iodide solution), and one in which iodide ion was dissolved in 0.1 M NaCl solution (0.1 M NaCl-iodide solution). Experimental results confirmed that iodide ion was transported by the diffusion process in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O as well as in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The time-lag of diffusion of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O is larger than that in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The increase of the time-lag of diffusion was observed in pure iodide ion solution as well as in 0.1 M NaCl-iodide solution. The apparent diffusion coefficient of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O was smaller than in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The effective diffusion coefficient decreased as the amount of Ag2O in the compacted bentonite increased. (authors)

  15. An Investigation of Diffusion of Iodide Ion in Compacted Bentonite Containing Ag2O

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    In the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O, the transport of iodide ion was investigated by Through-diffusion method. It is confirmed that Iodide ion is transported by diffusion process in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O as well as in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. However, the lag-time of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O is larger than that in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The increase of the lag-time was observed in pure iodide ion solution and also in 0.1M NaCl-iodide ion solution. The apparent diffusion coefficient of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O has lower value than that in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The effect of Ag2O on the effective diffusion coefficient was not clearly investigated in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O while the values of effective diffusion coefficient of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O obtained in this study were similar to those in the compacted bentonite reported in the literature

  16. Intuitive analog circuit design

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    Intuitive Analog Circuit Design outlines ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that let you develop a feel for what a good, working analog circuit design should be. This book reflects author Marc Thompson's 30 years of experience designing analog and power electronics circuits and teaching graduate-level analog circuit design, and is the ideal reference for anyone who needs a straightforward introduction to the subject. In this book, Dr. Thompson describes intuitive and ""back-of-the-envelope"" techniques for designing and analyzing analog circuits, including transistor amplifi

  17. Coupled thermo-hydro-chemical models of swelling bentonites

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    Samper, Javier; Mon, Alba; Zheng, Liange; Montenegro, Luis; Naves, Acacia; Pisani, Bruno

    2014-05-01

    The disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological repositories is based on the multibarrier concept of retention of the waste by a combination of engineered and geological barriers. The engineered barrier system (EBS) includes the solid conditioned waste-form, the waste container, the buffer made of materials such as clay, grout or crushed rock that separate the waste package from the host rock and the tunnel linings and supports. The geological barrier supports the engineered system and provides stability over the long term during which time radioactive decay reduces the levels of radioactivity. The strong interplays among thermal (T), hydrodynamic (H), mechanical (M) and chemical (C) processes during the hydration, thermal and solute transport stages of the engineered barrier system (EBS) of a radioactive waste repository call for coupled THMC models for the metallic overpack, the unsaturated compacted bentonite and the concrete liner. Conceptual and numerical coupled THMC models of the EBS have been developed, which have been implemented in INVERSE-FADES-CORE. Chemical reactions are coupled to the hydrodynamic processes through chemical osmosis (C-H coupling) while bentonite swelling affects solute transport via changes in bentonite porosity changes (M-H coupling). Here we present THMC models of heating and hydration laboratory experiments performed by CIEMAT (Madrid, Spain) on compacted FEBEX bentonite and numerical models for the long-term evolution of the EBS for 1 Ma. The changes in porosity caused by swelling are more important than those produced by the chemical reactions during the early evolution of the EBS (t < 100 years). For longer times, however, the changes in porosity induced by the dissolution/precipitation reactions are more relevant due to: 1) The effect of iron mineral phases (corrosion products) released by the corrosion of the carbon steel canister; and 2) The hyper alkaline plume produced by the concrete liner. Numerical results show that

  18. Experimental indications of effects of surface deprotonation on Na-bentonite pore water chemistry in a geological repository

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    Bentonite-water interaction was studied using a simple equilibrium model based on experimental measurements in order to describe bentonite porewater chemistry. Direct pH measurements for highly compacted bentonite and batch-type bentonite-water interaction experiments were performed under anaerobic conditions. In the direct pH measurements, resin particles doped with a pH indicator were sandwiched between a pair of bentonite columns immersed in a test solution. The experimental results showed that the solution compositions in equilibrium with bentonite depended on the bentonite to liquid ratio (B/L) and the initial solution composition. An equilibrium model assuming only fast equilibration processes between the bentonite minerals and the solution could be used to calculate the trends of pH and other ion concentrations with B/L. This study indicates that the surface deprotonation of smectite is a very important factor influencing the porewater chemistry in highly compacted bentonite. Copyright (2001) Material Research Society

  19. Evaluation of permeability of compacted bentonite ground considering heterogeneity by geostatistics

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    The permeability of the bentonite ground as an engineered barrier is possibly designed to the value which is lower than that determined in terms of required performance because of heterogeneous distribution of permeability in the ground, which might be considerable when the ground is created by the compaction method. The effect of heterogeneity in the ground on the permeability of the bentonite ground should be evaluated by overall permeability of the ground, whereas in practice, the effect is evaluated by the distribution of permeability in the ground. Thus, in this study, overall permeability of the bentonite ground is evaluated from the permeability of the bentonite ground is evaluated from the permeability distribution determined using the geostatistical method with the dry density data as well as permeability data of the undisturbed sample recovered from the bentonite ground. Consequently, it was proved through this study that possibility of overestimation of permeability of the bentonite ground can be reduced if the overall permeability is used. (author)

  20. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity of alkaline ion-exchanged ZnO/bentonite nanocomposites

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    Hamideh Pouraboulghasem; Mohammad Ghorbanpour; Razieh Shayegh; Samaneh Lotfiman

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    Nanocomposites of zinc/bentonite clay were synthesized for use as an antibacterial material by a quick and simple alkaline ion exchange method. The synthesis of zinc doped bentonite nanocomposite was accomplished by placing bentonite in a melting bath of ZnSO4 for 10, 20, 40, 60 and 90 min. The complexes were characterized by XRD, SEM and DRS. XRD analyses and SEM observations confirmed the diffusion of zinc to the clay surfaces. Antibacterial activity tests againstEscherichia coli showed that bentonite did not present any antibacterial properties, but after alkaline ion exchange treatment, inhibition was noted. The highest antibacterial activity was observed with ZnO/bentonite composite alkaline ion exchange for 60 and 90 min. Interestingly, the leaching test indicated that ZnO/bentonite did not present any risk for drinking water treatment.

  1. Characteristics of thermally-enhanced bentonite grouts for geothermal heat exchanger in South Korea

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    Chulho; LEE; Kangja; LEE; Hangseok; CHOI; Hyo-Pum; CHOI

    2010-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and viscosity of bentonite grouts have been evaluated and compared each other to determine the suitability of these materials for backfilling vertical boreholes of ground heat exchangers.Seven bentonite grouts from different product sources were considered in this paper.Two additives,silica sand and graphite were added in bentonite grouts to enhance thermal performance.The bentonite grouts indicate that both the thermal conductivity and the viscosity increase with the content of silica sand and graphite.Therefore,it is recommended to select cautiously the amount of silica sand and graphite considering not only thermal conductivity but also viscosity for the optimum condition of backfilling.Finally,the effect of salinity in the pore water on the change of swelling potential of the bentonite-based grouts has been quantitatively evaluated to show the feasibility of bentonite grouts in the coastal area.

  2. Formation of ketene (H2CCO) in interstellar analogous methane (CH4)-carbon monoxide (CO) ices: A combined FTIR and reflectron time-of-flight mass spectroscopic study

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    The formation of ketene (H2CCO) in methane-carbon monoxide (CH4-CO) ices was investigated upon its exposure to ionizing radiation in the form of energetic electrons at 5.5 K. The radiation-induced nonthermal equilibrium processing of these ices was monitored online and in situ via infrared spectroscopy complimented with post-irradiation temperature programmed desorption studies exploiting highly sensitive reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ReTOF) coupled with single photon fragment-free photo ionization (PI) at 10.49 eV. The detection of ketene in irradiated (isotopically labeled) methane-carbon monoxide ices was confirmed via the ν2 infrared absorption band and substantiated during the warm-up phase based on sublimation profiles obtained from the ReTOF-PI spectra of the corresponding isotopic masses. The experiments conducted with the mixed isotopic ices of 12CD4-13CO provide clear evidence of the formation of at least two ketene isotopomers (D2 12C13CO and D2 13C13CO), allowing for the derivation of two competing formation pathways. We have also proposed underlying reaction mechanisms to the formation of ketene based on kinetic fitting of the temporal evolution of the ketene isotopomers.

  3. Determination of adsorptive and catalytic properties of copper, silver and iron contain titanium-pillared bentonite for the removal bisphenol A from aqueous solution

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    Tomul, Fatma; Turgut Basoglu, Funda; Canbay, Hale

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    Ti-pillared bentonite, Cu, Ag and Fe modified Ti-pillared bentonite and Cu/Ti- and Fe/Ti-mixed pillared bentonite were synthesized using different titanium sources by direct synthesis or by modification after synthesis. The effects of synthesis conditions on the surface characteristics, pore structure and acidity of the pillared bentonites were investigated by SEM-EDS, XPS, XRD, N2-adsorption/desorption and FTIR analyses before and after ammonia adsorption. The results of EDS, XPS and XRD analysis confirmed that titanium, copper, silver and iron were incorporated into the bentonite structure. In the XRD patterns, the formation of delaminated structure reflecting the non-parallel distribution of the bentonite layers by pillaring with Ti, Cu/Ti and Fe/Ti-pillars was observed. XPS spectra indicated the presence of TiO2, CuO, Ag and Ag2O and Fe2O3 species depending on the source of active metals in the synthesized samples. In the FTIR spectra, an increase in the Bronsted/Lewis peak intensity was observed with the loading of copper and iron, whereas a decrease in Lewis and Bronsted acidities was observed with incorporation of silver. Adsorption studies indicated that the adsorption capacity of the sample synthesized using titanium (IV) propoxide and incorporating iron to the structure by ion exchange (Fe-PTi-PILC) were higher than those in other samples. The adsorption of BPA (bisphenol A) by all tested samples was found to fit the Langmuir isotherm. In the catalytic wet peroxide oxidation (CWPO) over PTi-PILC (prepared by titanium (IV) propoxide), Fe-PTi-PILC and Cu-PTi-PILC (prepared by copper impregnated Ti-pillared bentonite) samples, BPA values close to complete conversion were achieved within 30 min at 25 °C, pH 4 and 5 g/L mcat. CWPO results showed that increasement of pH causes a decrease the rate of oxidation. On the other hand, by the time catalyst and BPA concentration is increased, the rate of oxidation is increased as well.

  4. Bentonite-like material sealing to high-level radioactive wastes storage

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    Among the most used materials for sealing of radioactive waste storage, bentonite shows a high number of advantages because of its plasticity, thermal and hydraulic conductivity, etc. The paper makes a review on different Spanish deposits of bentonite and their stability. Most of studies are focussed on the volcanic region at Cabo de Gata (Almeria). That area offers the most productive hydrothermal bentonite deposits in Spain

  5. Sorption of Lithium on Bentonite, Kaolin and Zeolite

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    Li sorption was studied on natural bentonite, kaolin and zeolite in batch experiments at variable Li and Na concentrations (0, 1.5, 15, 150, 750 mM LiCl and 0.01, 0.1, 1, 3, 5 M NaCl). The solid-to-solution ratio was 1:4 and pH ranged from 2 to 10. Maximum Li sorption was determined at 0.01 M NaCl and 750 mM LiCl concentration in solution. It was 3800 ± 380 ppm, 1300 ± 130 ppm and 3900 ± 390 ppm on bentonite, kaolin and zeolite, respectively, which is in the average to upper range typical fo...

  6. LABORATORY TESTING OF BENTONITE CLAYS FOR LANDFILL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

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    Full Text Available Top and bottom liners are one of the key construction elements in every landfill. They are usually made as compacted clay liners (CCLs composed of several layers of compacted clay with strictly defined properties or by the use of alternative materials such as: GCL – geosynthetic clay liner, BES – bentonite enhanced soils or bentonite/polymer mixtures. Following the state of the art experiences in the world, GCLs are used in Croatian landfills for several years, as well. Depending upon the location and the obeying function, GCLs have to fulfill certain conditions. A legislated compatibility criterion has to be proven by various laboratory tests. In the paper are presented the results of direct shear and chemical compatibility tests of GCLs as well as the results of permeability measurement of kaolin clay (the paper is published in Croatian .

  7. Analog and hybrid computing

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    Analog and Hybrid Computing focuses on the operations of analog and hybrid computers. The book first outlines the history of computing devices that influenced the creation of analog and digital computers. The types of problems to be solved on computers, computing systems, and digital computers are discussed. The text looks at the theory and operation of electronic analog computers, including linear and non-linear computing units and use of analog computers as operational amplifiers. The monograph examines the preparation of problems to be deciphered on computers. Flow diagrams, methods of ampl

  8. Preparation and performance of Ecobras/bentonite biodegrading films

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    Compounds based on the biodegradable polymer Ecobras and bentonite clay in its pristine, sonicated, and organically modified with a quaternary ammonium salt forms were prepared as flat films. Clays and compounds were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical properties of the films were determined according to pertinent ASTM standards. Reasonable properties, higher than those of the matrix, were obtained with compounds prepared with purified clays and organoclays, particularly for low clay loading. (author)

  9. Sorption of cesium on bentonite: The role of calcite

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    Full text: Since bentonite is investigated for its use in Engineered Barriers Systems as backfill material, many studies of their surfaces properties have been performed in the past years to qualify and quantify adsorption on their surfaces, which can be one of the major processes limiting migration of radionuclides away from a disposal site. Nevertheless, most of these studies concerned simplified systems, such as Na-montmorillonite in mono-electrolyte solution. As ion-exchange processes are of importance in water-clays interactions, adsorption of natural major ions has also to be taken into account for natural systems. The aim of this work is (i) to quantify the sorption of the natural major cations on the montmorillonite surface; (ii) to compare the sorption of cesium, in two different systems, a simple one ( Na-montmorillonite in NaNO3 0.05 Mol.L-1) and a complex one (natural bentonite in a synthetic natural water) and then; (iii) to assess the influence of the natural major ions on this sorption, and to identify the role of the calcite phase present in bentonite. The methodology used consists in several batch experiments, first considering a very simple solution (NaNO3), then using mixtures of two different electrolytes, and lastly using a synthetic natural water. A surface complexation model, describing the surface of clays as a mixture of ion-exchange and complexation surface sites, is used to provide interpretations and quantifications of the sorption processes. Observed results indicate that affinity for the montmorillonite surface is greatest for Ca, then Mg and then K. The sorption of cesium is strongly affected by the presence in solution of Ca, witch can come from the partial dissolution of calcite. This study is one part of a work supported by ANDRA on the retention properties of bentonite materials. (author)

  10. Soil-Bentonite Cutoff Walls: Hydraulic Conductivity and Contaminant Transport

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    Britton, Jeremy Paul

    2001-01-01

    ABSTRACT Soil-bentonite cutoff walls are commonly used to contain contaminants in the subsurface. A key property in determining the effectiveness of a cutoff wall is its hydraulic conductivity. There are important difficulties and uncertainties regarding the accuracy of commonly used methods of measuring the hydraulic conductivity of cutoff walls. When predicting contaminant transport through cutoff walls, common practice is to use the average hydraulic conductivity of the wall. ...

  11. Post examination of copper ER sensors exposed to bentonite

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    Highlights: • Copper sensors were used for monitoring corrosion in bentonite during 4.2-y exposure. • Corrosion rates were estimated by applying three different methods. • Average corrosion rates for copper in bentonite are several µm/year. - Abstract: Copper corrosion in saline solutions under oxic conditions is one of concerns for the early periods of disposal of spent nuclear fuel in deep geological repositories. The main aim of the study was to investigate the corrosion behaviour of copper during this oxic period. The corrosion rate of pure copper was measured by means of thin electrical resistance (ER) sensors that were placed in a test package containing an oxic bentonite/saline groundwater environment at room temperature for a period of four years. Additionally, the corrosion rate was monitored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements that were performed on the same ER sensors. By the end of the exposure period the corrosion rate, as estimated by both methods, had dropped to approximately 1.0 μm/year. The corrosion rate was also estimated by the examination of metallographic cross sections. The post examination tests which were used to determine the type and extent of corrosion products included different spectroscopic techniques (XRD and Raman analysis). It was confirmed that the corrosion rate obtained by means of physical (ER) and electrochemical techniques (EIS) was consistent with that estimated from the metallographic cross section analysis. The corrosion products consisted of cuprous oxide and paratacamite, which was very abundant. From the types of attack it can be concluded that the investigated samples of copper in bentonite underwent uneven general corrosion

  12. Sorption of Lithium on Bentonite, Kaolin and Zeolite

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Li sorption was studied on natural bentonite, kaolin and zeolite in batch experiments at variable Li and Na concentrations (0, 1.5, 15, 150, 750 mM LiCl and 0.01, 0.1, 1, 3, 5 M NaCl. The solid-to-solution ratio was 1:4 and pH ranged from 2 to 10. Maximum Li sorption was determined at 0.01 M NaCl and 750 mM LiCl concentration in solution. It was 3800 ± 380 ppm, 1300 ± 130 ppm and 3900 ± 390 ppm on bentonite, kaolin and zeolite, respectively, which is in the average to upper range typical for clay minerals. Under these conditions, kaolin was saturated with Li, whereas Li in bentonite and zeolite occupied only about 55%–79% and 9%–26% of the typical cation exchange capacity (CEC of smectites and zeolites, respectively. This is explained by differences in the way Li is bound in the materials studied. Li sorption on bentonite was independent of pH due to strong pH buffering. Above pH 5, kaolin was transformed to gibbsite, which completely changed its Li sorption capabilities. Extremely low as well as extremely high pH destabilized the crystal lattice of zeolite. All in all it was shown that, under the studied conditions, Li sorption on the studied materials occurs in detectable quantities. So, clay minerals and zeolites can act as a sink for Li if Li concentrations in solution are sufficiently high.

  13. Bentonite-cement interaction. Preliminary results from model calculations

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    The interaction between the bentonite buffer and alkaline plume from degrading cementitious material used in the construction and operation of the repository is envisaged to constitute a risk to the long-term chemical stability of bentonite. In this report, first model calculations to shed light on the possible extent of mineralogical alteration of bentonite due to the plume have been carried out. A common feature of the model outcome for every case is the clogging of the pore space at the interface between the buffer and the rock fracture carrying the plume. Depending on the pH considered in the calculations for the plume (12.17, 11.60 and 9.70), this clogging will occur after 10, 18 and 5,900 years after the onset on interaction, respectively. For each case, the heavily altered zone in bentonite is confined very close to the interface. There are uncertainties related to the present calculations, the greatest ones pertaining to the poor knowledge of mineral dissolution/precipitation kinetics and to constraining the set of secondary minerals possible to form. The effects of the latter were clearly illustrated in two model cases (pH 11.60 and 9.70), where initially supersaturated secondary mineral phases were omitted; the pore clogging did not take place at the fracture-buffer interface and the buffer was continuously exposed to the alkaline plume. According to the present model calculations, it seems that the evolution of the interfacial porosity in the model system with pH 12.17 is not very sensitive to the selection of the secondary minerals as the pore space was clogged regardless. (orig.)

  14. Post examination of copper ER sensors exposed to bentonite

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    Kosec, Tadeja, E-mail: tadeja.kosec@zag.si [Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dimičeva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kranjc, Andrej [Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dimičeva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Rosborg, Bo [Royal Institute of Technology, Div. Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas väg 51, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Legat, Andraž [Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dimičeva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Copper sensors were used for monitoring corrosion in bentonite during 4.2-y exposure. • Corrosion rates were estimated by applying three different methods. • Average corrosion rates for copper in bentonite are several µm/year. - Abstract: Copper corrosion in saline solutions under oxic conditions is one of concerns for the early periods of disposal of spent nuclear fuel in deep geological repositories. The main aim of the study was to investigate the corrosion behaviour of copper during this oxic period. The corrosion rate of pure copper was measured by means of thin electrical resistance (ER) sensors that were placed in a test package containing an oxic bentonite/saline groundwater environment at room temperature for a period of four years. Additionally, the corrosion rate was monitored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements that were performed on the same ER sensors. By the end of the exposure period the corrosion rate, as estimated by both methods, had dropped to approximately 1.0 μm/year. The corrosion rate was also estimated by the examination of metallographic cross sections. The post examination tests which were used to determine the type and extent of corrosion products included different spectroscopic techniques (XRD and Raman analysis). It was confirmed that the corrosion rate obtained by means of physical (ER) and electrochemical techniques (EIS) was consistent with that estimated from the metallographic cross section analysis. The corrosion products consisted of cuprous oxide and paratacamite, which was very abundant. From the types of attack it can be concluded that the investigated samples of copper in bentonite underwent uneven general corrosion.

  15. Diffusion and sorption properties of radionuclides in compacted bentonite

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    In this report, recent studies on sorption and diffusion of radionuclides in compacted bentonite have been reviewed. The sorption distribution coefficient and diffusion coefficient data obtained from experiments in the literature have been compiled. Based on these experimental data and the report SKB-TR--91-16 (Brandberg and Skagius, 1991), this report proposes a set of sorption distribution coefficient and diffusion coefficient values for modelling purpose for safety analysis of nuclear waste repositories. The variability and uncertainty of the diffusivity data span somewhat more than an order or magnitude up and down. Most of the nuclides have an effective diffusivity in around 10-10 m2/s. Ion exclusion effects are observed for C, Cl and for Tc in oxidizing waters. Effective diffusivities are nearly tow orders of magnitude lower for these elements and of the order of 10-12 m2/s. Surface diffusion effects are found for Cs, Ni, Pa, Pb, Ra, Sn, Sr and Zr. Effective diffusivities for these elements are of the order of 10-8 m2/s. The surface diffusion effect should decrease in saline waters which is seen for Cs and Sr where there are data available. It is also deemed that Ra will have this effect because of its similarity with Sr. The other nuclides should also show this decrease but no data is available. Sorption and diffusion mechanisms in compacted bentonite are discussed in the report. In highly compacted bentonite, sorption and hence its distribution coefficient is not well defined, and a pore diffusion coefficient or a surface diffusion coefficient is not well defined either. Therefore, an apparent diffusion coefficient and a total concentration gradient should be more relevant in describing the diffusion process in compacted bentonite

  16. Production of smectite organophylic clays from three commercial sodium bentonite

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    Laboratory cationic exchange procedures using Brazilian's commercial quaternary ammonium salt and three samples of commercial sodium bentonites (two Brazilian's and one from Wyoming (US) are described. Swelling values in some liquid organic media are shown for the organophilic clays and for a Brazilian's commercial organophilic clay. Organophilic clays with larger swelling values than the commercial organophilic clay in kerosene, Varsol, toluene and soya bean oil were obtained. (author)

  17. The sorption of aniline on organically modified bentonites

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    Plevová, Eva; Vaculíková, Lenka; Vítámvásová, E.; Valovičová, Věra

    Ostrava: VŠB TUO, 2015. s. 47-47. ISBN 978-80-248-3745-1. [Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Meeting, Nano Ostrava 2015 /4./. 18.05.2015-21.05.2015, Ostrava] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : bentonites * alkylammonium cations * sorption * aniline Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  18. Characterization of organo-modified bentonite sorbents: The effect of modification conditions on adsorption performance

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    Parolo, María E.; Pettinari, Gisela R.; Musso, Telma B.; Sánchez-Izquierdo, María P.; Fernández, Laura G.

    2014-11-01

    The organic modification of a natural bentonite was evaluated using two methods: exchanging the interlayer cations by hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) and grafting with vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) and γ-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxysilane (TMSPMA) on montmorillonite surface. The physicochemical characterization of all materials was made by X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area techniques. HDTMA cations and organosilanes were intercalated into the interlayer space of montmorillonite, as deduced from the increase of the basal spacing. IR spectroscopy, TGA and BET area give evidence of successful organic modification. The studies show a decrease in the IR absorption band intensity at 3465 cm-1 with surfactant modification, and also a decrease of mass loss due to adsorbed water observed in two samples: the organoclay and functionalized bentonites, which are evidences of a lower interlayer hydrophilicity. The efficiency of aniline removal onto natural bentonite, organobentonite and functionalized bentonites from aqueous solutions was evaluated. Aniline sorption on natural bentonite was studied using batch experiments, XRD and IR spectroscopy. The hydrophobic surface of organobentonite and functionalized bentonites increased the retention capacity for nonionic organic substances such as aniline on bentonites. The sorption properties of modified bentonite, through different modification methods, enhanced the potential industrial applications of bentonites in water decontamination.

  19. Comparative study of bentonite properties with respect to the application as geotechnical barrier in HLRW repositories

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    In concepts for the storage of high level radioactive waste (HLRW) the application of bentonite as sealing material is envisaged. Relevant properties of bentonites are cation exchange capacity (retention of pollutants), swelling (sealing of cracks), and low hydraulic conductivity. These properties significantly vary with the type of counter ion which is dominant in the smectite (commonly montmorillonite) interlayers. However, the variability of bentonites - not depending on the type of counter ion - is frequently underestimated. Bentonites vary in the mineralogical and chemical composition, and the arrangement of all components (intergrowth and micro fabric). Additionally, the main component (smectite) varies with respect to the degree of structural order, particle size, crystallite size, chemical composition, morphology, and amount and location of negative charges. This variation, of course, strongly affects bentonite properties in almost all fields of industrial application. Measurable parameters only occasionally explain the different properties. The common approach, therefore, is to perform application tests. In this study an attempt is made to identify the variation of bentonite properties with respect to the application in HLRW repositories. The study is based on the comparative investigation of 30 different bentonites from important bentonite mining areas worldwide. The bentonites were characterized intensively by mineralogical, optical, and chemical methods: XRD, IR, SEM, CEC, XRF, granulometry, layer charge density. (authors)

  20. Characteristics study of bentonite as candidate of buffer materials for radioactive waste disposal system

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    Literature studies on bentonite characteristic of, as candidate for radioactive waste disposal system, have been conducted. Several information have been obtained from references, which would be contributed on performance assessment of engineered barrier. The functions bentonite includes the buffering of chemical and physical behavior, i.e. swelling property, self sealing, hydraulic conductivities and gas permeability. This paper also presented long-term stability of bentonite in natural condition related to the illitisazation, which could change its buffering capacities. These information, showed that bentonite was satisfied to be used for candidate of buffer materials in radioactive waste disposal system. (author)

  1. Compression characteristics and permeability of saturated Gaomiaozi ca-bentonite

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    The compression characteristics and permeability of compacted Gaomiaozi Ca-bentonite saturated by the water uptake tests are studied by conducting a series of one-dimension compression tests. The permeability coefficient can be calculated by the Terzaghi's one-dimensional consolidation theory after the consolidation coefficient is obtained by the square root of time method. It is found that the compression curves of compacted specimens saturated by the water uptake tests tend to be consistent in the relatively high stress range. The compression indexes show a linear decrease with increasing dry density and the swelling index is a constant. The permeability coefficient decreases with increasing compression stress, and they show the linear relationship in double logarithmic coordinates. Meanwhile, the permeability coefficient shows a linear decrease with decreasing void ratio, which has no relationship with initial states, stress states and stress paths. The permeability coefficient k of GMZ Ca-bentonite at dry density Pd of 1.75 g/cm3 can be calculated as 2.0 × 10-11 cm/s by the linear relationship between Pd and log k. It is closed to the permeability coefficient of GMZ Ca-bentonite with the same dry density published in literature, which testifies that the method calculating the permeability coefficient is feasible from the consolidation coefficient obtained by the consolidation test. (authors)

  2. Segregation of bentonite components in order to achieve nano montmorillonite

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    Nano technology makes the possibility to achieve specific properties for materials. In this process, by reducing the size of materials in the range of nano size, new noticeable behaviour for material can be observed. Such behaviour cannot be observed for larger particles from that material. Bentonite soils contain more than 76% montmorillonite and some other minerals. Pure montmorillonite with nano size has a vast industrial application in which its production is relatively costly and time consuming. This research is aimed to propose a method for segregation of bentonite components to reach nano montmorillonite. To achieve this objective, a mechanical method is proposed. Based on this method, a nano montmorillonite with micro and nano size is achieved. The segregation process is monitored with PSA, XRD, SSA and SEM experiments. The results of this research show that a nano montmorillonite with SSA of 522.58 m2/g and average diameter of 6.13 micron is attained. The achieved nano montmorillonite has larger purity in comparison to Cloisite Na+. In addition, it has lower average particle size than Cloisite Na+. Furthermore, according to the results of this research the extracted nano clay is free from carbonate and quartz particles. The SSA of this nano montmorillonite was 25% more than that of bentonite. The proposed method is relatively inexpensive. Moreover, since no chemical is used in its production process, it is a suitable sample for practical, research, and industrial projects.

  3. Ageing effects on swelling behaviour of compacted GMZ01 bentonite

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    Highlights: • Ageing effects on compacted GMZ01 bentonite are investigated. • Swelling property decreases with ageing and influenced by initial conditions. • Ageing effects are mainly attributed to the bonding effects and the hydration of smectites. - Abstract: Ageing effects on the swelling properties of compacted GMZ01 bentonite are investigated in this paper. Samples were compacted to prescribed dry densities and water contents and kept for ageing under constant volume and K0 confined conditions for target days of 0, 1, 7, 15, 30 and 90. Then, swelling deformation and swelling pressure tests were performed on the aged samples. Results indicate that both the swelling deformation and swelling pressure decrease with ageing time, with a more significant decrease at the first few days of ageing. Ageing effects are more pronounced for samples with large dry density and high water content. At the same initial dry density and water content, samples aged under constant volume conditions show much smaller decrease of swelling pressure compared to that of samples aged under K0 confined conditions. The decrease of swelling potential of samples with ageing days is mainly attributed to the bonding effects and the internal redistribution of water within the bentonite, which was confirmed by the changes of microstructure of samples with ageing

  4. Phenol determination on HDTMA-bentonite-based electrodes

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    Mojovic, Z., E-mail: zoricam@nanosys.ihtm.bg.ac.rs [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoseva 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Jovic-Jovicic, N.; Milutinovic-Nikolic, A.; Bankovic, P.; Rabi-Stankovic, A. Abu; Jovanovic, D. [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoseva 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2011-10-30

    Highlights: {yields} HDTMA-modified bentonites were tested as electrode materials in the electro-oxidation of phenol. {yields} The influences of the surfactant loading and pH of the supporting electrolyte were investigated. {yields} Rapid deactivation of electrodes occurred in an acidic environment. {yields} Good stability of the investigated electrodes was obtained in alkaline medium. {yields} The sensitivity toward phenol and stability of the electrodes was markedly improved with increasing HDTMA loading. - Abstract: The partial and complete substitution of cations in the interlayer region of clay with different amounts of hexadecyl trimethylammonium bromide (HDTMABr) was performed. The aim was to synthesize organo-bentonites to be used as constituents of porous electrodes for the electrooxidation of phenol. Domestic clay from Bogovina was subjected to a common procedure of the production of organo-bentonites. It included the following steps: grinding, sieving, Na-exchange, cation exchange and drying. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, while the textural properties were evaluated by nitrogen physisorption. The multisweep cyclic voltammetry was applied to analyze the behavior of the clay modified glassy carbon electrode. The influences of the surfactant loading and pH of the support electrolyte were investigated. Rapid deactivation of electrodes occurred in an acidic environment, while good stability of the investigated electrodes was obtained in alkaline medium.

  5. Study on model for bentonite buffer intrusion. 2

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    Modelling study on the extrusion phenomenon of the bentonite in a geological repository for the high-level radioactive is performed to enhance the reliability of latest model studied on fiscal year 2003 (H14), on the matter of density distribution of extruded bentonite gel. In this study, the model is reconsidered and revised based on the result of comparison between experimental and calculated results. The numerical analyses for BENTFLOW type experiments and model experiments on extrusion in a pipe are performed using the revised model. The analyses for the BENTFLOW about distribution of extrusion density reproduce the experimental results tolerably. The agreement between the calculated and experimental results of the model experiments are not good. Our model is originated in solid diffusion model of swelling clay proposed by Nakano et al. To enhance the reliability of our model, the latest model is reviewed by experts. At last, the numerical analyses for H12 type repository are performed by revised model to evaluate the long-term reduction of bentonite density for the extrusion phenomenon. The analytical results are compared with the results described in H12 report. (author)

  6. Study on model for bentonite buffer intrusion phenomenon

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    Modelling study on the extrusion phenomenon in a geological repository for the high-level radioactive is performed to enhance the reliability of existing model described in H12 report. Main conclusions of this study are as follows: (1) The methods and physical interpretation of bentonite gel viscosity measurements are clarified and input data of the viscosity for the solid diffusivity are obtained. (2) The input data of the swelling pressure and hydraulic conductivity of bentonite in the low- density region necessary for the solid diffusivity are determined. (3) The consolidation-type model proposed by Ahn et al. is surveyed and compared with that used in this study. The consolidation-type model is thought to be equivalent to the solid diffusion model used in this study. (4) The numerical analyses for BENTFLOW experiments and model experiments on extrusion in a pipe are performed. The analyses for the BENTFLOW reproduce the experimental results better than the past studies. The agreement between the calculated and experimental results of the model experiments is not good. Thus further study is required for the evaluation of density distribution in extruding bentonite gel. (author)

  7. The sealing performance of bentonite/crushed basalt borehole plugs

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    Mixtures of crushed rock and bentonite are considered for backfilling and sealing high-level nuclear waste repositories. Many variables affect the hydraulic conductivity of such mixtures, including the size and shape of the rock particles, method of mixing and emplacement, water content and density of the clay, and the weight ratio of rock to clay. Mixtures of crushed basalt and bentonite have been tested in two types of permeameters, 20 cm diameter stainless steel permeameters and 10 cm diameter PVC permeameters. Plugs were installed as a single lift or in many lifts; the water content of the clay ranged from air-dry to as high as 200%. Preliminary results show that a mixture of 75% crushed basalt and 25% bentonite has a hydraulic conductivity between 1 x 10-9 cm/s and 2.5 x 10-8 cm/s. In some cases, preferential flow paths have developed (possibly as a result of the montmorillonite washing out of the crushed rock matrix), giving hydraulic conductivities as high as 1 x 10-4 cm/s. Other ratios of rock to clay have similar bimodal results. The probability of failure is decreased by including a higher percentage of clay in the plug, crushing the rock finer, and evenly mixing the crushed rock and clay. 136 refs., 50 figs., 7 tabs

  8. Transient nuclide release through the bentonite barrier -SKB 91

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    A study of near-field radionuclide migration is presented. The study has been performed in the context of the SKB91 study which is a comprehensive performance assessment of disposal of spent fuel. The objective of the present study has been to enable the assessment of which nuclides can be screened out because they decay to insignificant levels already in the near-field of the repository. A numerical model has been used which describes the transient transport of radionuclides through a small hole in a HLW canister imbedded in bentonite clay into a fracture in the rock outside the bentonite. Calculations for more than twenty nuclides, nuclides with both high and low solubility have been made. The effect of sorption in the bentonite backfill is included. The size of the penetration hole was assumed to be constant up to time when the calculations were terminated, 500000 year after the deposition. The mass transport rate is controlled by diffusion. The model is three dimensional. The report describes the geometry of the modelled system, the assumptions concerning the transport resistances at the boundary conditions, the handling of the source term and obtained release curves. (au)

  9. Bentonite as a colloid source in groundwaters at Olkiluoto

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    Vuorinen, U. [VTT Processes, Espoo (Finland); Hirvonen, H.

    2005-02-15

    In this work bentonite was studied as a potential source of colloids in Olkiluoto groundwaters. Samples were collected at two groundwater stations, PVA1 at 37.5 m dept and PVA3 at 95.6 m depth, in the VLJ-tunnel. The deeper groundwater at PVA3 was more saline (2.6g/L of Cl-) than the shallow at PVA1 (0.8g/L of Cl-). A bentonite source had been assembled at each groundwater station so that two sample lines were available for water samples; one for collecting a sample before and the other for collecting a sample after interaction with bentonite. Before starting the actual colloid sampling groundwaters from both sample lines at both stations were analysed. Only minor alterations, mostly within the uncertainty limits of the analysis methods, were brought about in the water chemistries after interaction with the bentonite sources. The only clear changes were seen in the concentration of iron which decreased after interaction with bentonite in the groundwaters at both stations. After groundwater sampling the actual colloid sampling was performed. The water samples were collected and treated inside a movable nitrogen filled glove-box. The samples could be collected from each sampling line directly in the glove-box via two quick-couplings that had been assembled on the front face of the box. The sample lines had been assembled with 0.45 {mu}m filters before entering the glove-box, because only colloids smaller than 0.45 {mu}m were of interest, as they are not prone to sedimentation in slow groundwater flows and therefore could act as potential radionuclide carriers. Colloid samples were collected and treated similarly from both sampling lines at both groundwater stations. For estimating the colloid content the groundwater samples were filtered with centrifugal ultrafiltration tubes of different cut-off values (0.3 {mu}m, 300kD and 10kD). The ultrafiltrations produced the colloid-containing concentrate fractions and the soluble substances-containing filtrate fractions. In

  10. Preparation and thermal properties of chitosan/bentonite composite beads

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to their biodegradable and nontoxic nature, biopolymer composites are often used as remarkable adsorbents in treatment of wastewater. In this study chitosan/bentonite composite beads were obtained by addition of clay into the polymer using solution process. Before the composite preparation, bentonite was modified with surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB. The morphology of beads was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Thermal properties of the composite beads were studied by simultaneous thermogravimetry coupled with differential scanning calorimetry (SDT and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. TG results showed that the complex decomposition mechanism of the composites depends on the preparation procedure. It was observed that the concentration of NaOH used for composites precipitation affects the final structure of beads. The influence of preparation procedure on the glass transition temperature Tg of chitosan/bentonite samples was not found (Tg values for all samples were about 144 °C. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45022 and ON172014 and Provincial Secretariat of Vojvodina for Science and Technological Development 114-451-2396/2011-01.

  11. Diffusion of radionuclides in concrete/bentonite systems

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    In a repository for nuclear waste, different construction materials will be used. Two important materials among these are concrete and bentonite clay. These will act as mechanical barriers, preventing convective water flow and also retard transport due to diffusion of dissolved radionuclides by a combination of mechanical constraints and chemical interactions with the solid. An important issue is the possible change of the initial sodium bentonite into the calcium form due to ion exchange with calcium from the cement. The initial leaching of the concrete has been studied using radioactive spiked concrete in contact with compacted bentonite. The diffusion of Cs, Am and Pu into 5 different types of concrete in contact with porewater have been measured. The measured diffusivity for Cs agrees reasonable well with data found in literature. For Am and Pu no movement could be measured (less than 0.2 mm) even though the contact times were extremely long (2.5 y and 5 y, respectively). This report gives also a summary of the previously published results about sorption and diffusion of radionuclides in cement performed in Prav/KBS/SKB projects 1980-1990. 25 refs

  12. Modelling Ni diffusion in bentonite using different sorption models

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. An important component of the multi barrier disposal concept for a radioactive waste repository is the bentonite backfill surrounding the canisters containing vitrified high-level waste and spent fuel located in the tunnels deep within the chosen host rock. The effectiveness of the compacted bentonite barrier is such that calculations have indicated that many radionuclides have decayed to insignificant levels before having diffused through the thickness of bentonite. These calculations are performed using the simple Kd sorption concept in which the values are taken from batch type experiments performed on dispersed systems performed for a single metal at a time, usually at trace concentrations. However, in such complex systems many radionuclides, inactive metal contaminants/ground water components may be simultaneously present in the aqueous phase at a range of concentrations varying with time during the temporal evolution of the repository system. An important aspect influencing the sorption of any radioactive metal under a set of given geochemical conditions is its competition with other metals present, and how this may vary as a function of concentration. Competitive sorption effects are not currently included in safety assessments and are thus an issue which needs to be addressed. Here we provide some first estimates of the potential influence of competitive sorption effects on the migration of radioactive metals through compacted bentonite as a function of their concentration and the concentration of competing metals. Ni(II) and Fe(II) were chosen as possible competing cations since their concentration levels are expected to have values greater than trace levels and effects might be maximal and canister corrosion represents a permanent Fe source at the bentonite interface which could influence bivalent radionuclide diffusion. The modelling of the Ni(II) diffusion/sorption has been carried out using three

  13. Purification of Sardinella sp., Oil: Centrifugation and Bentonite Adsorbent

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Centrifugation and purification using adsorbents is one example of a fish oil refining techniques applied to reduce impurities of fish oil. The study aimed to determine the sardine oil quality before treatment, to determine yield of fish oil after centrifugation treatment and to determine the influence of centrifugation speed and bentonite concentration on sardine oil quality. Factorial design with two factors was used in this study. Level of free fatty acid and peroxide value before purification was 35.53% and 170 mEq/kg. Yield of fish oil after centrifugation treatment has been ranged from 17.42±3.56 to 76.33±0.21%. The best treatment which could reduce the peroxide value and total oxidation was a treatment with centrifugation speed at 6500 rpm and bentonite concentration at 3%. Peroxide value and total oxidation of its treatment was 25.00±0.00 and 51.43±0.01 mEq/kg. The lowest value of p-anisidine was 1.29±0.05 mEq/kg and its value could be found in a treatment with centrifugation speed at 4500 rpm and bentonite concentration at 5%. The level of free fatty acid after purification process was ranged from 27.35 to 34.69%. Oil clarity tended to increase with the increase of centrifugation speed and adsorbent concentration.

  14. Hexacyanoferrates and bentonite as binders of radiocaesium for reindeer

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    The effects of varying doses of caesium binders (Bentonite and several forms of iron-hexacyanoferrates) on radiocaesium accumulation in red blood cells and on radiocaesium transfer to urine and faeces were studied in feeding experiments with reindeer calves. The caesium binders were added to a ration of lichen (containing 9.5 kBq of 134Cs+137Cs originating from the Chernobyl accident) and fed together with a pelleted reindeer feed (RF-71) for 42 days. A 50% reduction in red blood cell radiocaesium concentration was obtained with a daily dose of 1 mg/kg body weigth of ammoniumironhexacyanoferrate (AFCF) and with 500 mg/kg of bentonite. Three mg/kg of AFCF or 2 g/kg of bentonite reduced both urinary excretion and RBC concentrations with more than 80%. It is concluded that iron-hexacyanoferrates, as a result of their high caesium binding capacity, are particularly useful as caesium binders for free ranging ruminants like the reindeer. (author)

  15. Spectroscopic investigations on sorption of uranium onto suspended bentonite. Effects of pH, ionic strength and complexing anions

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    Verma, Parveen Kumar; Pathak, Priyanath; Mohapatra, Manoj; Mohapatra, Prasanta Kumar [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Radiochemistry Div.; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Jha, Sambhunath; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Atomic and Molecular Physics Div.

    2015-06-01

    Batch sorption experiments were carried out under aerobic conditions to understand the sorption behavior of U(VI) onto bentonite clay under varying pH (2-8) and ionic strength (I = 0.01 - 1 M (NaClO{sub 4})) conditions. The influences of different complexing anions (1 x 10{sup -4} M) such as oxalic acid (ox), carbonate (CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}), citric acid (cit), and humic acid (HA, 10 mg/L) on the sorption behavior were also investigated. The sorption of U(VI) increased with increasing pH up to pH 6 beyond which a decrease was attributed to the formation of anionic carbonate species. Marginal influence of the change in the ionic strength of the medium on the sorption profile of uranium suggested inner-sphere complexation onto the bentonite surface. The presence of humic acid showed interesting sorption profile with varying pH. Initially, there was an enhancement in the sorption with increased pH followed by a plateau and finally a decrease thereafter due to the formation of aqueous U(VI)-humate complexes. Spectroscopic studies such as UV spectrophotometry, luminescence and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements were also performed to understand the changes in aqueous speciation of U(VI) ion. The luminescence yields of different aqueous U(VI) species followed the order: U(VI){sub Hydroxy} > U(VI){sub HumicAcid} > U(VI){sub carbonate} > U(VI){sub citrate}. The lower luminescence yield of U(VI)carbonate complex can be attributed to the strong dynamic quenching by carbonate at room temperature. The U(VI) samples shows two distinct life-time suggesting the presence of the different luminescent U(VI) species. Similar trend was observed for U(VI)-bentonite suspension in presence/absence of the complexing ligands. There was luminescence quenching for the sorbed U(VI) due to surface complexation. These observations were further supported by spectrophotometric measurements. EXAFS spectra of U(VI) samples were recorded in luminescence mode at the U L{sub 3

  16. Spectroscopic investigations on sorption of uranium onto suspended bentonite. Effects of pH, ionic strength and complexing anions

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    Batch sorption experiments were carried out under aerobic conditions to understand the sorption behavior of U(VI) onto bentonite clay under varying pH (2-8) and ionic strength (I = 0.01 - 1 M (NaClO4)) conditions. The influences of different complexing anions (1 x 10-4 M) such as oxalic acid (ox), carbonate (CO32-), citric acid (cit), and humic acid (HA, 10 mg/L) on the sorption behavior were also investigated. The sorption of U(VI) increased with increasing pH up to pH 6 beyond which a decrease was attributed to the formation of anionic carbonate species. Marginal influence of the change in the ionic strength of the medium on the sorption profile of uranium suggested inner-sphere complexation onto the bentonite surface. The presence of humic acid showed interesting sorption profile with varying pH. Initially, there was an enhancement in the sorption with increased pH followed by a plateau and finally a decrease thereafter due to the formation of aqueous U(VI)-humate complexes. Spectroscopic studies such as UV spectrophotometry, luminescence and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements were also performed to understand the changes in aqueous speciation of U(VI) ion. The luminescence yields of different aqueous U(VI) species followed the order: U(VI)Hydroxy > U(VI)HumicAcid > U(VI)carbonate > U(VI)citrate. The lower luminescence yield of U(VI)carbonate complex can be attributed to the strong dynamic quenching by carbonate at room temperature. The U(VI) samples shows two distinct life-time suggesting the presence of the different luminescent U(VI) species. Similar trend was observed for U(VI)-bentonite suspension in presence/absence of the complexing ligands. There was luminescence quenching for the sorbed U(VI) due to surface complexation. These observations were further supported by spectrophotometric measurements. EXAFS spectra of U(VI) samples were recorded in luminescence mode at the U L3 edge. There was shift in the absorbance edge which

  17. Comments regarding the bentonite barrier - SR 97 Post-closure safety

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    This review only deals with the role of the bentonite for ensuring the integrity of the canister from the start and throughout the lifetime of the repository. It seems as the technical reports in question deliver convincing data and answers to most of the questions that can be raised concerning the bentonite and the interplay between the different processes at hand. However, there is one area where further analysis and discussions seem inevitable. This area is related to the thermo-hydrological behavior of the bentonite, especially during the first phase of the repository. This is discussed in some detail below. The bentonite is compacted to a high density before installation and has a degree of saturation of about 80 % when it is placed in the bedrock and around the canister. The bentonite is then expected to gradually increase its water content by uptake of water from the surrounding bedrock. Thereby, the bentonite will swell and completely fill the gap between the canister and the bentonite and between the bentonite and the bedrock as well as exert radial pressure on the canister itself. It is well known that the hydraulic conductivity and the heat conductivity of the bentonite to a large extent depend on the degree of saturation. In the reports it is obvious that the pore pressure in the surrounding bedrock is expected to be large, close to 500 kPa. This high pressure, together with the suction in the bentonite, is expected to result in a rather quick saturation of the bentonite around the canister. The same processes are expected to rather quickly saturate the backfill, consisting of a mixture of crushed bedrock and bentonite in the tunnels above the deposition holes. These processes have been analyzed by means of finite element analysis. The time required is comparatively short and the resulting temperatures in the bentonite close to the canister will be acceptable. Questions can, however, be raised regarding the boundary conditions assumed for the pressures

  18. Sorption and diffusion of FE(II) in bentonite

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    The iron in the engineering barrier system of a nuclear waste repository interacts via the corrosion process with the swelling clay intended as the buffer material. This interaction may affect the sealing properties of the clay. In the case of iron-bentonite interaction, redox reactions, dissolution/precipitation, the diffusion and sorption are coupled together. In a combined study different processes are difficult to distinguish from each other, and more specific studies are needed for the separate processes. In particular, there is a need for well-controlled diffusion and sorption experiments where iron is kept as Fe(II). In this project, sorption and diffusion of Fe(II) in bentonite have been studied. The experiments were carried out under low-oxygen conditions in an anaerobic glove-box. The radioactive isotope (55Fe) was used as a tracer in the experiments. The sorption experiments were carried out with two batches of purified MX-80 bentonite. One was purified at Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, French Geological Survey (BRGM) and the other one at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). Experiments were also carried out with synthetic smectite, which did not include iron, which was prepared at LMPC (ENSC, F 68093 Mulhouse, France). The sorption experiments were carried out in 0.3 M and 0.05 M NaCl solutions as a function of pH, and in 0.3 M NaCl solution buffered at pH 5 as a function of added Fe(II) concentration. The separation of bentonite and solution at the end of the sorption experiment was carried out in the early phase by centrifuging only. In the later phase, ultrafiltering was added in order to improve the separation. The diffusion experiments were carried out in compacted samples prepared from MX-80 purified at VTT and saturated with 0.3 M NaCl at pH 8 and 5. A non-steady-state diffusion experiment method, where the tracer was introduced as an impulse source between two bentonite plugs was used in the measurements. Qualitatively

  19. Sorption and diffusion of FE(II) in bentonite

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    Muurinen, A. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland); Tournassat, C.; Hadi, J. [BRGM, Orleans (France); Greneche, J.-M. [LPCE, Le Mans (France)

    2014-02-15

    The iron in the engineering barrier system of a nuclear waste repository interacts via the corrosion process with the swelling clay intended as the buffer material. This interaction may affect the sealing properties of the clay. In the case of iron-bentonite interaction, redox reactions, dissolution/precipitation, the diffusion and sorption are coupled together. In a combined study different processes are difficult to distinguish from each other, and more specific studies are needed for the separate processes. In particular, there is a need for well-controlled diffusion and sorption experiments where iron is kept as Fe(II). In this project, sorption and diffusion of Fe(II) in bentonite have been studied. The experiments were carried out under low-oxygen conditions in an anaerobic glove-box. The radioactive isotope ({sup 55}Fe) was used as a tracer in the experiments. The sorption experiments were carried out with two batches of purified MX-80 bentonite. One was purified at Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, French Geological Survey (BRGM) and the other one at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). Experiments were also carried out with synthetic smectite, which did not include iron, which was prepared at LMPC (ENSC, F 68093 Mulhouse, France). The sorption experiments were carried out in 0.3 M and 0.05 M NaCl solutions as a function of pH, and in 0.3 M NaCl solution buffered at pH 5 as a function of added Fe(II) concentration. The separation of bentonite and solution at the end of the sorption experiment was carried out in the early phase by centrifuging only. In the later phase, ultrafiltering was added in order to improve the separation. The diffusion experiments were carried out in compacted samples prepared from MX-80 purified at VTT and saturated with 0.3 M NaCl at pH 8 and 5. A non-steady-state diffusion experiment method, where the tracer was introduced as an impulse source between two bentonite plugs was used in the measurements

  20. Study of caesium sorption on Na and Ca-Mg bentonites using batch and diffusion experiments

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    In most deep geological repository concepts sorption of radionuclides on bentonite represents a very important process in retarding radionuclide migration into geosphere. Despite a huge amount of studies concerning caesium sorption on bentonites, there are still some problems requiring deeper clarification. One of the most important issues is the difference between distribution coefficients (Kd) obtained using batch and diffusion experiments. The results of a comprehensive study of caesium sorption on Na bentonite (industrial sorbent Volclay KWK 20-80, Suedchemie, Germany) and Ca-Mg bentonite (raw bentonite, Rokle deposit, Czech Republic) using both of these methods suggest that the reasons of this difference can originate from different sources connected with conditions of experiments and the ways of their evaluation. The main uncertainties of caesium sorption on two different bentonites using the batch method were described and the influence on sorption has been demonstrated. Detailed mineralogical and chemical analysis of bentonite samples confirmed the differences in mineral composition and physical-chemical properties of selected bentonite types. These data are necessary for better understanding of their sorption behaviour and for sorption results evaluation. The results suggest that caesium-selective minerals present in bentonites as admixtures can govern the sorption behaviour of caesium on different bentonites at its trace concentrations. At higher concentrations, the ion exchange on non-selective sites dominates the sorption and can be well-described using sorption isotherms and ion-exchange models. It also follows from the performed experiments that the caesium sorption on studied bentonites cannot be described using the simple Kd method that is often used to evaluate distribution coefficients from diffusion experiments. The uncertainties of evaluation of sorption coefficients from diffusion experiments can also be connected with the way of diffusion

  1. Adsorption of Bezanyl Red and Nylomine Green from aqueous solutions by natural and acid-activated bentonite

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    BENGUELLA, B.; YACOUTA-NOUR, A.

    2009-01-01

    The adsorption of two acid dyes, namely, Red Bezanyl and Green Nylomine, onto natural bentonite and acid activated bentonite from aqueous solutions were studied in a batch system. The kinetic data show that at the equilibrium, the acid-activated bentonite fixes more Bezanyl Red and Nylomine Green than the natural bentonite. Adsorption equilibrium was reached within 2 h. The results also showed that the kinetics of adsorption is best descibed by a pseudo second-order expression than a first or...

  2. Silurian bentonites in Lithuania: correlations based on sanidine phenocryst composition and graptolite biozonation – interpretation of volcanic source regions

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    Tarmo Kiipli; Sigitas Radzevičius; Toivo Kallaste

    2014-01-01

    Integrated correlation of bentonites (altered volcanic ashes) and graptolite biozonation is presented. Detailed study of two Lithuanian drill core sections extended previous knowledge of the occurrence and composition of bentonites to the south. Identification of graptolite species allowed bentonites to be assigned their proper stratigraphical position. Silurian bentonites in Lithuania are mostly characterized by wide and very wide XRD 201 reflections of the main component of sanidine phenocr...

  3. Insulin analogs and cancer

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    Laura eSciacca

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Today, insulin analogs are used in millions of diabetic patients. Insulin analogs have been developed to achieve more physiological insulin replacement in terms of time course of the effect. Modifications in the amino acid sequence of the insulin molecule change the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the analogs in respect to human insulin. However, these changes can also modify the molecular and biological effects of the analogs. The rapid-acting insulin analogs, lispro, aspart and glulisine, have a rapid onset and shorter duration of action. The long-acting insulin analogs glargine and detemir have a protracted duration of action and a relatively smooth serum concentration profile. Insulin and its analogs may function as growth factors and therefore have a theoretical potential to promote tumor proliferation. A major question is whether analogs have an increased mitogenic activity in respect to insulin. These ligands can promote cell proliferation through many mechanisms like the prolonged stimulation of the insulin receptor, stimulation of the IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R, prevalent activation of the ERK rather than the AKT intracellular post-receptor pathways. Studies on in vitro models indicate that short-acting analogs elicit molecular and biological effects that are similar to those of insulin. In contrast, long-acting analogs behave differently. Although not all data are homogeneous, both glargine and detemir have been found to have a decreased binding to IR but an increased binding to IGF-1R, a prevalent activation of the ERK pathway, and an increased mitogenic effect in respect to insulin. Recent retrospective epidemiological clinical studies have suggested that treatment with long-acting analogs (specifically glargine may increase the relative risk for cancer. Results are controversial and methodologically weak. Therefore prospective clinical studies are needed to evaluate the possible tumor growth-promoting effects of these insulin

  4. The Analogical Mind

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    We examine the use of analogy in human thinking from the perspective of a multiconstraint theory, which postulates three basic types of constraints: similarity, structure and purpose. The operation of these constraints is apparent in both laboratory experiments on analogy and in naturalistic settings, including politics, psychotherapy, and scientific research. We sketch how the multiconstraint theory can be implemented in detailed computational simulations of the analogical human mind.

  5. Analog circuit design

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    2012-01-01

    Analog circuit and system design today is more essential than ever before. With the growth of digital systems, wireless communications, complex industrial and automotive systems, designers are being challenged to develop sophisticated analog solutions. This comprehensive source book of circuit design solutions aids engineers with elegant and practical design techniques that focus on common analog challenges. The book's in-depth application examples provide insight into circuit design and application solutions that you can apply in today's demanding designs. <

  6. Analog synthetic biology.

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    Sarpeshkar, R

    2014-03-28

    We analyse the pros and cons of analog versus digital computation in living cells. Our analysis is based on fundamental laws of noise in gene and protein expression, which set limits on the energy, time, space, molecular count and part-count resources needed to compute at a given level of precision. We conclude that analog computation is significantly more efficient in its use of resources than deterministic digital computation even at relatively high levels of precision in the cell. Based on this analysis, we conclude that synthetic biology must use analog, collective analog, probabilistic and hybrid analog-digital computational approaches; otherwise, even relatively simple synthetic computations in cells such as addition will exceed energy and molecular-count budgets. We present schematics for efficiently representing analog DNA-protein computation in cells. Analog electronic flow in subthreshold transistors and analog molecular flux in chemical reactions obey Boltzmann exponential laws of thermodynamics and are described by astoundingly similar logarithmic electrochemical potentials. Therefore, cytomorphic circuits can help to map circuit designs between electronic and biochemical domains. We review recent work that uses positive-feedback linearization circuits to architect wide-dynamic-range logarithmic analog computation in Escherichia coli using three transcription factors, nearly two orders of magnitude more efficient in parts than prior digital implementations. PMID:24567476

  7. Dissolution Behaviour of UO2 in Anoxic Conditions: Comparison of Ca-Bentonite and Boom Clay

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    In order to determine in how far the clay properties influence the dissolution of spent fuel, experiments were carried out with depleted UO2 in the presence of either compacted dry Ca-bentonite with Boom Clay groundwater (KB-BCW) or compacted dry Boom Clay with Boom Clay groundwater (BC-BCW). The leach tests were performed at 25 deg. C in anoxic atmosphere for 2 years. The U concentrations in the clay water were followed during these 2 years, and the amount of U in the clay was determined after 2 years in order to determine the UO2 dissolution rate. The uranium concentration after 0.45 μm filtration was 50 times higher in the Boom Clay with Boom Clay water (2.0 x 10-7 mol.L-1) than in Ca-bentonite with Boom Clay water (6.5 x 10-9 mol.L-1), probably due to colloid formation in the Boom Clay system. Most released uranium was found in the clay. The fraction of uranium, dissolved from the UO2 pellet and found on the clay represents about 42 % of total uranium release in the system BC-BCW and more than 76 % in the system KB-BCW. The higher uranium retention of Boom Clay goes together with a higher dissolution rate. Global dissolution rates were estimated at about 2.0 x 10-2 μg.cm-2.d-1 for the BCBCW system and 3.4 x 10-3 μg.cm-2.d-1 for the KB-BCW system. This is not much lower than for similar tests with spent fuel, reported in literature. (authors)

  8. Cellular uptake and cytotoxic potential of respirable bentonite particles with different quartz contents and chemical modifications in human lung fibroblasts.

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    Geh, Stefan; Yücel, Raif; Duffin, Rodger; Albrecht, Catrin; Borm, Paul J A; Armbruster, Lorenz; Raulf-Heimsoth, Monika; Brüning, Thomas; Hoffmann, Eik; Rettenmeier, Albert W; Dopp, Elke

    2006-02-01

    Considering the biological reactivity of pure quartz in lung cells, there is a strong interest to clarify the cellular effects of respirable siliceous dusts, like bentonites. In the present study, we investigated the cellular uptake and the cytotoxic potential of bentonite particles (Øbentonite samples were tested for endotoxins with the in vitro-Pyrogen test and were found to be negative. Cellular uptake of particles by IMR90-cells was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Cytotoxicity was analyzed in IMR90-cells by determination of viable cells using flow cytometry and by measuring of the cell respiratory activity. Induced apoptotic cells were detected by AnnexinV/Propidiumiodide-staining and gel electrophoresis. Our results demonstrate that activated bentonite particles are better taken up by IMR90-cells than untreated (native) bentonite particles. Also, activated bentonite particles with a quartz content of 5-6% were more cytotoxic than untreated bentonites or bentonites with a quartz content lower than 4%. The bentonite samples induced necrotic as well as apoptotic cell death. In general, bentonites showed a high membrane-damaging potential shown as hemolytic activity in human erythrocytes. We conclude that cellular effects of bentonite particles in human lung cells are enhanced after chemical treatment of the particles. The cytotoxic potential of the different bentonites is primarily characterized by a strong lysis of the cell membrane. PMID:16059726

  9. Predicting the Sources and Formation Mechanisms of Evolved Lunar Crust by Linking K/Ca Ratios of Lunar Granites to Analogous Terrestrial Igneous Rocks

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    Mills, R. D.; Simon, J. I.

    2012-01-01

    Although silicic rocks (i.e. granites and rhyolites) comprise a minor component of the sampled portion of the lunar crust, recent remote sensing studies [e.g., 1-4] indicate that several un-sampled regions of the Moon have significantly higher concentrations of silicic material (also high in [K], [U], and [Th]) than sampled regions. Within these areas are morphological features that are best explained by the existence of chemically evolved volcanic rocks. Observations of silicic domes [e.g., 1-5] suggest that sizable networks of silicic melt were present during crust formation. Isotopic data indicate that silicic melts were generated over a prolonged timespan from 4.3 to 3.9 Ga [e.g., 6-8]. The protracted age range and broad distribution of silicic rocks on the Moon indicate that their petrogenesis was an important mechanism for secondary crust formation. Understanding the origin and evolution of such silicic magmas is critical to determining the composition of the lunar crustal highlands and will help to distinguish between opposing ideas for the Moon's bulk composition and differentiation. The two main hypotheses for generating silicic melts on Earth are fractional crystallization or partial melting. On the Moon silicic melts are thought to have been generated during extreme fractional crystallization involving end-stage silicate liquid immiscibility (SLI) [e.g. 9, 10]. However, SLI cannot account for the production of significant volumes of silicic melt and its wide distribution, as reported by the remote global surveys [1, 2, 3]. In addition, experimental and natural products of SLI show that U and Th, which are abundant in the lunar granites and seen in the remote sensing data of the domes, are preferentially partitioned into the depolymerized ferrobasaltic magma and not the silicic portion [11, 12]. If SLI is not the mechanism that generated silicic magmas on the Moon then alternative processes such as fractional crystallization (only crystal

  10. Chemistry of a binuclear cadmium(II) hydroxide complex: formation from water, CO(2) reactivity, and comparison to a zinc analog.

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    Allred, Russell A; McAlexander, Lenore H; Arif, Atta M; Berreau, Lisa M

    2002-12-16

    Treatment of the bmnpa (N,N-bis-2-(methylthio)ethyl-N-((6-neopentylamino-2-pyridyl)methyl)amine) ligand with equimolar amounts of Cd(ClO(4))(2).5H(2)O and Me(4)NOH.5H(2)O in CH(3)CN yielded the binuclear cadmium hydroxide complex [((bmnpa)Cd)(2)(mu-OH)(2)](ClO(4))(2).CH(3)CN (1). Complex 1 may also be prepared (a) by treatment of a CH(3)CN solution of (bmnpa)Cd(ClO(4))(2) (2) with 1 equiv of n-BuLi, followed by treatment with water or (b) from 2 in the presence of 1 equiv each of water and NEt(3). The hydroxide derivative 1 is not produced from 2 and water in the absence of an added base. Complex 1 possesses a binuclear structure in the solid state with hydrogen-bonding and CH/pi interactions involving the bmnpa ligand. The overall structural features of 1 differ from the halide derivative [((bmnpa)Cd)(2)(mu-Cl)(2)](ClO(4))(2) (3), particularly in that the Cd(2)(mu-OH)(2) core of 1 is symmetric whereas the Cd(2)(mu-Cl)(2) core of 3 is asymmetric. In acetonitrile solution, 1 behaves as a 1:2 electrolyte and retains a binuclear structure and secondary hydrogen-bonding and CH/pi interactions, whereas 3 is a 1:1 electrolyte, indicating formation of a mononuclear [(bmnpa)CdCl]ClO(4) species in solution. Treatment of 1 with CO(2) in anhydrous CH(3)CN yields the bridging carbonate complex [((bmnpa)Cd)(2)(mu-CO(3))](ClO(4))(2).CH(3)CN (4). Treatment of a chemically similar zinc hydroxide complex, [((benpa)Zn)(2)(mu-OH)(2)](ClO(4))(2) (benpa = N,N-bis-2-(ethylthio)ethyl-N-((6-neopentylamino-2-pyridyl)methyl)amine, with CO(2) also results in the formation of a carbonate derivative, [((benpa)Zn)(2)(mu-CO(3))](ClO(4))(2) (5), albeit the coordination mode of the bridging carbonate moiety is different. Treatment of 4 with added water results in no reaction, whereas 5 under identical conditions will undergo reaction to yield the zinc hydroxide complex [((benpa)Zn)(2)(mu-OH)(2)](ClO(4))(2). PMID:12470076

  11. Microcapillary flow behavior of magnetic nanofluids in the presence of plate shaped bentonite particles

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    Plate shaped bentonite particles of size ∼600 nm and thickness ∼2 nm are dispersed in a magnetic nanofluid. Magnetic field dependent flow behavior of this composite suspension is studied using a horizontal microcapillary placed between the poles of an electromagnet. The plate shaped bentonite particle produces extra hindrance to the flow under the application of moderate magnetic field and produces an enhanced magnetoviscous effect. 75% volume concentration of bentonite produces eight times larger change in magnetic field dependent viscosity than does the pure magnetic nanofluid. Hindrance to the flow is due to the chain like structure of magnetic nanoparticles, tumbling and rotational motion of bentonite particles and interaction between magnetic and bentonite particles. The field-induced structures are also observed using an optical microscope. Results offer several advantages over the inverse MR effect as well as to study the motion of biological cells and tissues under the effect of magnetic field. -- Highlights: ► Dispersed plate shaped bentonite particles in magnetic fluids to study capillary viscosity. ► Increased viscosity is due to the hindrance to the rotation of the bentonite particles. ► Increase in viscosity is five times larger for bentonite particles than the pure magnetic fluids. ► This is a new kind of magnetoviscous effect, dispersing anisotropic particles in magnetic fluids

  12. Synthesis and characterization of poly(sodium acrylate)/ bentonite superabsorbent composite

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    Poly(sodium acrylate)/bentonite superabsorbent composite with water absorbency 1562 g·g−1 was synthesized by inverse suspension polymerization. The introduction of bentonite improves the water absorbency and facilitates the particle size even distribution of the composite. The network structure in the superabsorbent hydrogel is confirmed.

  13. Facile synthesis of carbon nanotube/natural bentonite composites as a stable catalyst for styrene synthesis.

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    Rinaldi, Ali; Zhang, Jian; Mizera, Jan; Girgsdies, Frank; Wang, Ning; Hamid, Sharifah Bee Abd; Schlögl, Robert; Su, Dang Sheng

    2008-12-28

    Natural bentonite mineral, without any wet chemical treatment, was used directly to catalyze the growth of multi-wall CNTs and the produced CNTs/bentonite as an integrated composite stably catalyzed the oxidative dehydrogenation reaction over a long period of time; this concept provides a highly economical way for large-scale synthesis of nanocarbons and manufacture of styrene synthesis catalysts. PMID:19057768

  14. Characterization of Cr/Bentonite and HZSM-5 Zeolite as Catalysts for Ethanol Conversion to Biogasoline

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    Robert Ronal Widjaya

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this research it has been done characterization on Cr/Bentonit and Zeolit HZSM-5 catalysts for ethanol catalytic process to biogasoline (equal to gasoline. Cr/Bentonit has high acidity and resistant to a lot of moisture, so in addition to being able to processing feed which a lot of moisture (>15% from ethanol-water mixture, also it is not easy deactivated. Cr/Bentonit which is then used as the catalyst material on the process of ethanol conversion to be biogasoline and the result was compared with catalyst HZSM-5 zeolite. Several characterization methods: X-ray diffraction, Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET, thermogravimetry analysis (TGA, and catalyst activity tests using catalytic Muffler instrument and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS for product analysis were performed on both catalysts. From acidity measurement, it is known that acidity level of Cr/Bentonit is the highest and also from XRD result, it is known there is shift for 2theta in Cr/Bentonit, which indicates that Cr-pillar in the Bentonite can have interaction. It is also supported by BET data that shows the addition of specific surface are in Cr/Bentonite compared with natural Bentonite before pillarization. Futhermore catalyst activity test produced the results, analyzed by GC-MS, identified as butanol and also possibly formed hexanol, decane, dodecane, undecane, which are all included in gasoline range (C4 until C12.

  15. Physico-chemical characterization of bentonite and its application for Mn2+ removal from water

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    Ranđelović Marjan S.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite is mainly composed of clay minerals from smectite group, therefore it has a well developed and chemically active surface area and high cation exchange capacity. Moreover, an interlayer space of smectite has unusual hydration properties, which manifest as swelling of bentonite in water. These properties make bentonite as a commonly used raw material in chemistry and industry, and it is very important in environmental protection and water treatment as an effective sorbent of heavy metals. The results of X-ray diffraction, a cationic exchange capacity, specific surface area, acid-base properties of the surface and the swelling index showed that the bentonite sample contains mostly montmorillonite. The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of bentonite in the removal of Mn2+ from aqueous systems. The experimental results of Mn2+ adsorption on the bentonite were interpreted by Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich adsorption isotherms. The adsorption isotherm studies indicate that the adsorption of Mn2+ follows Langmuir isotherm very well. Theoretical monolayer saturation capacity according to Langmuir model was 12.41 mg/g. The removal of Mn2+ is achieved by ion exchange mechanism with naturally occurring cations in bentonite, as well as by forming the inner- and outer-sphere complexes with bentonite surface.

  16. Literature study on the microstructure of bentonite and its effect on diffusion

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    In the study the available information from the literature on the microstructural properties of bentonite and its main component montmorillonite have been compiled, together with different phenomena which have been found to participate in the diffusion process in bentonite. (167 refs., 36 figs., 6 tabs.)

  17. Iron and organo-bentonite for the reduction and sorption of trichloroethylene.

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    Cho, Hyun-Hee; Lee, Taeyoon; Hwang, Sun-Jin; Park, Jae-Woo

    2005-01-01

    Hybrid barriers using dechlorination and immobilization were studied to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) in this study. Hybrid barriers of iron filings and organo (hexadecyltrimethylammonium, HDTMA)-bentonite were simulated in columns to assess the performance of the hybrid barriers. TCE reduction rate for the mixture of zero valent iron (ZVI) and HDTMA-bentonite was approximately seven times higher than that for ZVI, suggesting the reduction of TCE was accelerated when HDTMA-bentonite was mixed with ZVI. For the column of two separate layers of iron and HDTMA-bentonite, TCE reduction rate was nearly similar to that for ZVI alone, but the partition coefficient (Kd) was 4.5 times higher than that for ZVI only. TCE was immobilized in the first layer with HDTMA-bentonite due to sorption, and then dechlorinated in the second layer with iron filings due to reduction. The HDTMA-bentonite and minimally-desorbed HDTMA from the organo-bentonite are believed to contribute the increase in TCE concentration on iron surface so that more TCE could be available for reduction. Therefore, the incorporation of HDTMA-bentonite into ZVI not only can effectively retard the transport of chlorinated organic contaminants from landfill leachate or oil shock in subsurface environment, also can expedite the reduction rate of TCE. PMID:15522338

  18. Mechanism of smectic arrangement of montmorillonite and bentonite clay platelets incorporated in gels of poly(acrylamide) induced by the interaction with cationic surfactants.

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    Starodoubtsev, S G; Lavrentyeva, E K; Khokhlov, A R; Allegra, G; Famulari, A; Meille, S V

    2006-01-01

    Structure transitions, induced by the interaction with the cationic surfactant cetylpyridinium chloride in nanocomposite gels of poly(acrylamide) with incorporated suspensions of the two closely related layered clays bentonite and montmorillonite, were studied. Unexpectedly, different behaviors were revealed. X-ray diffraction measurements confirm that, due to the interaction with the surfactant, initially disordered bentonite platelets arrange into highly ordered structures incorporating alternating clay platelets and surfactant bilayers. The formation of these smectic structures also in the cross-linked polymer gels, upon addition of the surfactant, is explained by the existence of preformed, poorly ordered aggregates of the clay platelets in the suspensions before the gel formation. In the case of montmorillonite, smectic ordering of the disordered platelets in the presence of the surfactant is observed only after drying the suspensions and the clay-gel composites. Rheology studies of aqueous suspensions of the two clays, in the absence of both surfactant and gel, evidence a much higher viscosity for bentonite than for montmorillonite, suggesting smaller clay-aggregate size in the latter case. Qualitatively consistent results are obtained from optical micrographs. PMID:16378447

  19. Bentonite alteration due to thermal-hydro-chemical processes during the early thermal period in a nuclear waste repository

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    Xu, T.; Senger, R.; Finsterle, S.

    2011-02-01

    After closure of an underground nuclear waste repository, the decay of radionuclides will raise temperature in the repository, and the bentonite buffer will resaturate by water inflow from the surrounding host rock. The perturbations from these thermal and hydrological processes are expected to dissipate within hundreds to a few thousand years. Here, we investigate coupled thermal-hydro-chemical processes and their effects on the short-term performance of a potential nuclear waste repository located in a clay formation. Using a simplified geometric configuration and abstracted hydraulic parameters of the clayey formation, we examine geochemical processes, coupled with thermo-hydrologic phenomena, and potential changes in porosity near the waste container during the early thermal period. The developed models were used for evaluating the mineral alterations and potential changes in porosity of the buffer, which can affect the repository performance. The results indicate that mineral alteration and associated changes in porosity induced by early thermal and hydrological processes are relatively small and are expected to not significantly affect flow and transport properties. Chlorite precipitation was obtained in all simulation cases. A maximum of one percent volume fraction of chlorite could be formed, whose process may reduce swelling and sorption capacity of bentonite clay, affecting the performance of the repository. llitisation process was not obtained from the present simulations.

  20. Bentonite barriers. New experiments and state of the art. Bentonite as barrier material for the sealing of underground disposal sites. Final report

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    Bentonite is intensively investigated from many institutes for its properties and feasibility as engineering barrier material for many environmental facilities like landfill, underground landfill for chemotoxic waste and also HLW repositories. A summary of the current state of knowledge regarding the origin of bentonites and different processes through bentonite is provided together with the potential further research and development needs. Diffusion experiments with gas (CO2, H2, CH4 and SF6) and heavy metals Pb, Cd and Cs in highly saline solution (50 % and 90 % NaCl solutions, 90 % IP21 solution) at room temperature and atmosphere pressure conditions through compacted MX-80 bentonite with three different bulk dry densities (1,400 kg/m3,1,600 kg/m3 and/or 1,800 kg/m3) were performed. Numerical simulations of some experiments were undertaken.

  1. Preparation, characterization and thermal stability of bentonite modified with bis-imidazolium salts

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    Makhoukhi, B., E-mail: benamarmakh@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of Separation and Purification Technologies, Department of Chemistry, Tlemcen University, Box 119, Tlemcen (Algeria); Villemin, D. [Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire et Thio-organique, UMR CNRS 6507, INC3M, FR 3038, ENSICAEN and Université de Caen, 14050 Caen (France); Didi, M.A. [Laboratory of Separation and Purification Technologies, Department of Chemistry, Tlemcen University, Box 119, Tlemcen (Algeria)

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    Sodium bentonite was modified with several organic bis-imidazolium salts. Organoclays with water soluble surfactants were prepared by the traditional cation exchange reaction. The bis-imidazolium-bentonites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction analysis (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The effect of chemical composition and molecular weight of the salts on the thermal stability and basal spacing were evaluated. The bis-imidazolium-bentonites showed enhanced thermal stability (300–400 °C) and may be potentially useful materials for melt processing of polymer/layered silicates nanocomposites. - Highlights: ► Geometry and volume of the molecule influence on interlayer spacing of modified bentonites. ► The intercalation increases with molecule length. ► The modified bentonites have an appreciably higher thermal stability.

  2. Cytotoxicity and mechanical behavior of chitin-bentonite clay based polyurethane bio-nanocomposites.

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    Zia, Khalid Mahmood; Zuber, Mohammad; Barikani, Mehdi; Hussain, Rizwan; Jamil, Tahir; Anjum, Sohail

    2011-12-01

    Chitin based polyurethane bio-nanocomposites (PUBNC) were prepared using chitin, Delite HPS bentonite nanoclay enriched in montmorillonite (MMT), 4,4'-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) and polycaprolactone polyol CAPA 231 (3000 g/mol(-1)). The prepolymers having different concentration of Delite HPS bentonite nanoclay were extended with 2 moles of chitin. The structures of the resulted polymers were determined by FT-IR technique. The effect of nanoclay contents on mechanical properties and in vitro biocompatibility was investigated. The mechanical properties of the synthesized materials were improved with increase in the Delite HPS bentonite nanoclay contents. Optimum mechanical properties were obtained from the PU bio-nanocomposite samples having 4% Delite HPS bentonite nanoclay. The results revealed that the final PU bio-nanocomposite having 2% Delite HPS bentonite nanoclay contents is ideal contenders for surgical threads with on going investigations into their in vitro biocompatibility, non-toxicity, and mechanical properties. PMID:21945787

  3. The Bentonite Barrier: Microstructural properties and the influence of γ-radiation

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    The main objectives of this work were to investigate three different topics relevant for the bentonite barrier, namely: - The microstructural properties of compacted bentonite, by i) testing the possibility of colloid transport and ii) by determining the interparticle and interlayer porosity, i.e. the free porosity in the saturated compacted bentonite by a basal spacing analysis (Paper I and II, respectively). - Potential γ-radiation-induced effects on i) montmorillonite colloid stability and changes in sol/gel properties, ii) the structural Fe(II)/Fe(III) ratio in montmorillonite and its effect on the montmorillonites reactivity towards one of the major oxidants formed upon water radiolysis, H2O2, and iii) radionuclide retention in compacted bentonite (Paper III-V, respectively). - Potential interactions of bentonite particles with Silica sol, i.e. the SiO2-colloids that are planned to be used as an injection grout during construction of the repository (Paper VI)

  4. Hydraulic Capacitor Analogy

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    Baser, Mustafa

    2007-01-01

    Students have difficulties in physics because of the abstract nature of concepts and principles. One of the effective methods for overcoming students' difficulties is the use of analogies to visualize abstract concepts to promote conceptual understanding. According to Iding, analogies are consistent with the tenets of constructivist learning…

  5. Analog pulse processor

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    Wessendorf, Kurt O.; Kemper, Dale A.

    2003-06-03

    A very low power analog pulse processing system implemented as an ASIC useful for processing signals from radiation detectors, among other things. The system incorporates the functions of a charge sensitive amplifier, a shaping amplifier, a peak sample and hold circuit, and, optionally, an analog to digital converter and associated drivers.

  6. Sorption of cesium on bentonite: The role of calcite

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    Full text: Since bentonite is investigated for its use in Engineered Barriers Systems as backfill material, many studies of their surfaces properties have been performed in the past years to qualify and quantify adsorption on their surfaces, which can be one of the major processes limiting migration of radionuclides away from a disposal site. Nevertheless, most of these studies concerned simplified systems, such as Na-montmorillonite in mono-electrolyte solution. As ion-exchange processes are of importance in water-clays interactions, adsorption of natural major ions has also to be taken into account for natural systems. The aim of this work is (i) to quantify the sorption of the natural major cations on the montmorillonite surface, (ii) to compare the sorption of cesium, in two different systems, a simple one (Na-montmorillonite in NaNO3 0.05 Mol.L-1) and a complex one (natural bentonite in a synthetic natural water) and then (iii) to assess the influence of the natural major ions on this sorption, and to identify the role of the calcite phase present in bentonite. The methodology used consists in several batch experiments, first considering a very simple solution (NaNO3), then using mixtures of two different electrolytes, and lastly using a synthetic natural water. A surface complexation model, describing the surface of clays as a mixture of ion-exchange and complexation surface sites, is used to provide interpretations and quantifications of the sorption processes. Observed results indicate that affinity for the montmorillonite surface is greatest for Ca, then Mg and then K. The sorption of cesium is strongly affected by the presence in solution of Ca, witch can come from the partial dissolution of calcite. (author)

  7. Interactions between copper corrosion products and MX-80 bentonite

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    The report presents results from a study of the possible interaction between copper corrosion products and MX-80 bentonite under conditions that might occur in a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Finland. The first part of the report describes the results from a literature survey, the objective of which was to identify some relevant corrosion products that might form when copper corrodes in wet MX-80 bentonite. On the basis of the literature survey, atacamite and a green copper corrosion product produced in-house were used for experimental studies. Experiments were performed with both soft and compacted MX-80. The soft samples consisted of water-saturated MX-80 mixed with CuCl2 solutions of various concentrations. The samples were kept under anaerobic conditions at ambient room temperature or at 75 deg C for 330 days. Porewater samples were then squeezed from the samples and analysed. Compacted MX-80 samples were stored under anaerobic conditions and kept in contact with an NaCl solution. The samples were kept at room temperature and 75 deg C for 2.9 years and then analysed. The presence of either atacamite or the green copper corrosion product on the plates did not have any notable effects on the porewater chemistry. However, the Cu concentration profiles indicated that the corrosion products did dissolve, and then diffused into the surrounding bentonite. Concentration profiles were found to be roughly the same, irrespective of whether the samples had been stored at room temperature or at 75 deg C. (orig.)

  8. Influence of dry density on HTO diffusion in GMZ bentonite

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    With the low permeability and high swelling property, Gaomiaozi (GMZ) bentonite is regarded as the favorable candidate backfilling material for a potential repository. The diffusion behaviors of HTO in GMZ bentonite were studied to obtain effective diffusion coefficient (De) and accessible porosity (ε) by through- and out-diffusion experiments. A computer code named Fitting for diffusion coefficient (FDP) was used for the experimental data processing and theoretical modeling. The De and ε values were (5.2-11.2) x 10-11 m2/s and 0.35-0.50 at dry density from 1,800 to 2,000 kg/m3, respectively. The De values at 1,800 kg/m3 was a little higher than that of at 2,000 kg/m3, whereas the D e value at 1,600 kg/m3 was significantly higher (approximately twice) than that of at 1,800 and 2,000 kg/m3. It may be explained that the diffusion of HTO mainly occurred in the interlayer space for the highly compacted clay (dry density exceeding 1,300 kg/m3). 1,800 and 2,000 kg/m3 probably had similar interlayer space, whereas 1,600 kg/m3 had more. Both De and ε values decreased with increasing dry density. For compacted bentonite, the relationship of De and ε could be described by Archie's law with exponent n = 4.5 ± 1.0. (author)

  9. Performance of bentonite/crushed tuff seals for nuclear waste repositories

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    Mixtures of bentonite and crushed rock are potential sealing materials for high level nuclear waste repositories. To allow for overall repository performance assessments, evaluations of the sealing performance under diverse conditions are needed. American Colloid c/s granular bentonite and Apache Leap tuff have been mixed to prepare samples for laboratory flow testing. Bentonite weight percent and crushed tuff gradation are the major variables studied. The sealing performance assessments include high injection pressure flow tests, polyaxial flow tests, high temperature flow tests, and piping tests. The results indicate that an appropriate composition would have at least 25% bentonite by weight mixed with well-graded crushed rock. The sealing performance of bentonite/crushed rock mixtures can be enhanced by increasing the amount of bentonite to 35%. The piping damage to the sealing performance is small if the maximum hydraulic gradient does not exceed 120 and 280 for 25 and 35% bentonite content, respectively. The hydraulic gradients above which flow of bentonite takes place are deemed critical. The pressure required to generate a critical gradient probably is related to the yield stress of the bentonite in the mixture. A difference up to one or two orders of magnitude has been observed between the vertical and horizontal permeabilities. The high horizontal permeability results from the uneven bentonite distribution in the pores between the crushed rock particles due to particle segregation. Temperature seems to have no negative effects on the sealing performance within the test range from room temperature to 60. Recommendations for future research are included. 15 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  10. Effective diffusivities of iodine, chlorine, and carbon in bentonite buffer material

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    Effective diffusivities of iodine, chlorine, and carbon in mixtures of bentonite and sand were determined by measuring the effective diffusivities of common chemical compounds labeled with radioactive isotopes of these elements. For carbon, both inorganic and organic carbon compounds were used in order to consider the variety of chemical forms of carbon possible in a radioactive waste repository. The bentonite content and dry density of the bentonite-sand mixture were varied. Two chemically different aqueous solutions, representing concrete pore water and bentonite pore water, were used to represent different conditions that could affect diffusivity in bentonite buffer material in a hypothetical radioactive waste disposal situation. The effective diffusivities of iodine, chlorine, and carbon tended to decrease with increasing bentonite content and dry density of the mixture. In the presence of simulated concrete pore water, the effective diffusivities for iodine, chlorine, and carbon in the bentonite mixtures were not higher than those obtained when simulated bentonite pore water was used. Except for some organic compounds, the measured effective diffusivities were lower than that of tritiated water under the same experimental conditions. This was attributed primarily to exclusion of anions from the bentonite pores. The effective diffusivity of carbon depended on its chemical form. The effective diffusivity of the anionic forms of organic carbon tested (carboxylic acids) was as low as that of inorganic anionic carbon. Measured effective diffusivities were compared with those calculated using a model based on electrical double layer theory. The theory was applied to calculate distributions of electrolyte ions and diffusion ions in the bentonite pores. The calculated effective diffusivities showed good agreement with the measured values

  11. Study of aggregation in a micellar solution within bentonite clay by SANS

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    Aggregation studies of surfactant solutions exposed to different surfaces are relevant to their applications as detergents, oil recovery agents etc. The infusion of SDS micellar solutions into the pores of compacted normal bentonite clay and the clay saturated with sodium at different concentrations viz. 1, 2 and 5 molar percentages, has been studied here by small angle neutron scattering and X-ray diffraction. In the sodium saturated bentonite, the Na+ ion (having a positive scattering length) is held in the interlayer of the clay and on account of this, the scattering length density difference (i.e. contrast) between the bentonite matrix and the inter-layer pores is lower than the bentonite which has less sodium. The average pore size in normal bentonite clay is 13 Å while in the clay saturated with 1M Na+ ions it is 20 Å . For a 10% SDS solution, the micelles are prolate ellipsoids having average semi major and minor axes of 22.5 Å and 16.7 Å, respectively with an effective charge of 30 e.u. and an aggregation number of 75. Both aggregation number and effective charge increase with concentration of SDS solution. Sodium is present in normal bentonite but is enhanced in concentration in the case of sodium saturated bentonite. Aggregation number and micellar separation are reduced for SDS loaded into raw bentonite clay and then into Na saturated clay. Likewise, there is a reduction of fractional charge on the micelle in going from raw to sodium bentonite caused by the Na+ ions present on the surface of the clay pores which would be attracted to the negative surface of each micelle thereby reducing its net charge. The effective attraction between micelles and Na+ ion concentration control the growth of aggregates, their volumes and aggregation numbers. Hence the sodium ion in the bentonite plays a vital role in the change of these parameters by effectively reducing charge on the micellar aggregates.

  12. Adsorption of La(III) onto GMZ bentonite. Effect of contact time, bentonite content, pH value and ionic strength

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    Bentonite has been studied extensively because of its strong adsorption capacity. A local Na-bentonite named GMZ bentonite, collected from Gaomiaozi County (Inner Mongolia, China), was selected as the first choice of buffer/backfill material for the high-level radioactive waste repository in China. In this research, the adsorption of La (III) onto GMZ bentonite was performed as a function of contact time, pH, solid content and metal ion concentrations by using the batch experiments. The results indicate that the adsorption of La (III) on GMZ bentonite achieves equilibration quickly and the kinetic adsorption follows the pseudo-second-order model; the adsorption of La (III) on the adsorbent is strongly dependent on pH and solid content, the adsorption process follows Langmuir isotherm. The equilibrium batch experiment data demonstrate that GMZ bentonite is effective adsorbent for the removal of La (III) from aqueous solution with the maximum adsorption capacity of 26.8 mg g-1 under the given experimental conditions. (author)

  13. ADSORPTION STUDY OF RHODAMIN B DYE ON IRAQI BENTONITE AND MODIFIED BENTONITE BY NANOCOMPOUNDS TIO2, ZNO, AL2O3 AND SODIUM DODECYL SULFATE

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    Full Text Available The adsorption of Rhodamin B on Iraqi bentonite at the concentration range from 50 to 250 μg mL-1 was studied, Nano compounds; ZnO, TiO2, Al2O3 m and SDS in different amounts 0.01-0.1 g 10-1 g of Bentonite were used to modified the adsorption capacity of bentonite to remove the Rhodamin B from aqueous solutions. The study indicated that using 0.05 g and 0.1 of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS lead to increase the percentage removal (%R from 79.3% for pure bentonite to 99.3%. While using 0.05 g TiO2 lead to increase the %R to 98.9%, 0.05 of ZnO to 98.6%. The other amount additives and Al2O3 using was not success to increase the %R for the Rhodamin B on bentonite surface. SEM measurement was achieved to discover the Nanoparticl exists in the bentonite surfaces.

  14. Eutrophication management in surface waters using lanthanum modified bentonite

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    Copetti, Diego; Finsterle, Karin; Marziali, Laura;

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    This paper reviews the scientific knowledge on the use of a lanthanum modified bentonite (LMB) to manage eutrophication in surface water. The LMB has been applied in around 200 environments worldwide and it has undergone extensive testing at laboratory, mesocosm, and whole lake scales. The...... alkalinity waters. To date there are no indications for long-term negative effects on LMB treated ecosystems, but issues related to La accumulation, increase of suspended solids and drastic resources depletion still need to be explored, in particular for sediment dwelling organisms. Application of LMB in...... saline waters need a careful risk evaluation due to potential lanthanum release....

  15. Swelling characteristics of immersed sand-bentonite mixtures

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    丰土根; 崔红斌; 孙德安; 杜冰

    2008-01-01

    A laboratory one-dimensional consolidation apparatus was employed to research the swelling stress and volume of the sand-bentonite mixture under immersed conditions. The stress-strain characteristics of mixtures under varied mixing ratios and loading statuses were analyzed. Based on the results of tests, the mechanism of mixture swelling and collapsing was further discussed. The results show that mixtures with low sand ratios are suitable as hydraulic barrier or containment barriers of general landfills, geological repository and other hydraulic infrastructure works.

  16. Efficient removal of Eu(III) from aqueous solutions using super-adsorbent of bentonite-polyacrylamide composites

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    The bentonite has been studied extensively to preconcentrate radionuclides from aqueous solutions, however, the low sorption capacity limits it application in real work. Herein, bentonite embedded in the polyacrylamide (PAAm) gels is synthesized and used as a novel adsorbent for the removal of Eu(III) from aqueous solutions. The bentonite-PAAm composites show much higher sorption capacity for Eu(III) preconcentration than bare bentonite. The bentonite-PAAm composites can be used as super-adsorbent for the removal of Eu(III) from aqueous solution in radioactive pollution cleanup. (author)

  17. Retention of chromium by modified Al-Bentonite Retenção de cromo por Al-bentonita modificada

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    Retention of chromium (III) from a tanning wastewater by modified Al-bentonites was studied. One bentonite from San Juan province, Argentina, was used. Al-bentonite was prepared by contact of bentonite with hydrolyzed OH-Al solutions (0.10 M in Al) for 24 hours. The modified Al-bentonites were obtained by: a) treatment with 0.5 M sodium chloride; b) with 0.5 M sodium chloride adjusted at pH 8; and c) treatment with an hexametaphosphate solution after sodium addition. Then, the samples were dr...

  18. Meat analog: a review.

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    Malav, O P; Talukder, S; Gokulakrishnan, P; Chand, S

    2015-01-01

    The health-conscious consumers are in search of nutritious and convenient food item which can be best suited in their busy life. The vegetarianism is the key for the search of such food which resembles the meat in respect of nutrition and sensory characters, but not of animal origin and contains vegetable or its modified form, this is the point when meat analog evolved out and gets shape. The consumers gets full satisfaction by consumption of meat analog due to its typical meaty texture, appearance and the flavor which are being imparted during the skilled production of meat analog. The supplement of protein in vegetarian diet through meat alike food can be fulfilled by incorporating protein-rich vegetative food grade materials in meat analog and by adopting proper technological process which can promote the proper fabrication of meat analog with acceptable meat like texture, appearance, flavor, etc. The easily available vegetables, cereals, and pulses in India have great advantages and prospects to be used in food products and it can improve the nutritional and functional characters of the food items. The various form and functional characters of food items are available world over and attracts the meat technologists and the food processors to bring some innovativeness in meat analog and its presentation and marketability so that the acceptability of meat analog can be overgrown by the consumers. PMID:24915320

  19. Troubleshooting analog circuits

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    Troubleshooting Analog Circuits is a guidebook for solving product or process related problems in analog circuits. The book also provides advice in selecting equipment, preventing problems, and general tips. The coverage of the book includes the philosophy of troubleshooting; the modes of failure of various components; and preventive measures. The text also deals with the active components of analog circuits, including diodes and rectifiers, optically coupled devices, solar cells, and batteries. The book will be of great use to both students and practitioners of electronics engineering. Other

  20. Advances in Analog Circuit Design 2015

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    This book is based on the 18 tutorials presented during the 24th workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design. Expert designers present readers with information about a variety of topics at the frontier of analog circuit design, including low-power and energy-efficient analog electronics, with specific contributions focusing on the design of efficient sensor interfaces and low-power RF systems. This book serves as a valuable reference to the state-of-the-art, for anyone involved in analog circuit research and development. ·         Provides a state-of-the-art reference in analog circuit design, written by experts from industry and academia; ·         Presents material in a tutorial-based format; ·         Includes coverage of high-performance analog-to-digital and digital to analog converters, integrated circuit design in scaled technologies, and time-domain signal processing.

  1. Stress/strain/time properties of highly compacted bentonite

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    In this paper, a recently developed creep theory based on statistical mechanics has been used to analyze a number of experimental creep curves, the conclusion being that the creep behavior of dense MX-80 bentonite is in agreement with the physical model, and that the average bond strength is within the hydrogen bond region. The latter conclusion thus indicates that interparticle displacements leading to macroscopic creep takes place in interparticle and intraparticle water lattices. These findings were taken as a justification to apply the creep theory to a prediction of the settlement over a one million year period. It gave an estimated settlement of 1 cm at maximum, which is of no practical significance. The thixotropic and viscous properties of highly compacted bentonite present certain difficulties in the determination and evaluation of the stress/strain/time parameters that are required for ordinary elastic and elasto-plastic analyses. Still, these parameters could be sufficiently well identified to allow for a preliminary estimation of the stresses induced in the metal canisters by slight rock displacements. The analysis, suggests that a 1 cm rapid shear perpendicular to the axes of the canisters can take place without harming them. (author)

  2. Buffer construction technique by means of granular bentonite

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    Buffer construction technology using bentonite pellets as filling material is one of the promising technologies for enhancing the ease of buffer construction. In this study, a bentonite pellet filling test was conducted, using a filling system equipped with a screw conveyor system, in a full-scale simulated disposal drift. A simulated waste disposal drift configured as a half-cross-section model with a height of 2.22 m and a length of 6.0 m was constructed for the test, and two dummy overpacks were placed in the drift. The filling test was conducted in two phases. The average dry density of the buffer fill was 1.29 Mg/m3, which was close to the target value. The angle of repose was approximately 40 degrees. The test results indicate that the buffer construction technology using screw conveyor system for pellet conveyance in a waste disposal drift is a promising technology of the disposal of high level radioactive wastes. (author)

  3. Electrophysical characteristics of polyurethane/organo-bentonite nano composites

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    Modification of the Egyptian Bentonite (EB) was carried out using organo-modifier namely; octadecylamine ODA. Before the modification, the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of the EB was measured, also it was purified from different impurities using HCl and distilled water. The Organo-bentonite OB was characterized using IR, XRD, and TEM. PU/ODA-B nano composites were prepared by in situ polymerization then characterized by XRD and TEM. An amount of ODA-B ranging from 0.25% up to 5% by weight was added to the polyol component of the resin before mixing with toluene diisocynate TDI. TEM showed that the nano composites achieved good dispersion in the polyurethane matrix. The mechanical, swelling and electrical properties of the nano composites were measured. The results indicate that the tensile strength of all the nano composites enhanced with the addition of OB compared with the pure PU. The crosslink density of the nano composites increases with increasing the content of OB. The Pool-Frenckel conduction mechanism predominates for all the nano composite samples and the blank one

  4. Research on bed layer made from bentonite for system of radioactive waste storage

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    Nowadays, bentonite is widely used in many different fields such as environment, building, nanocomposite material and so on. Vietnam has huge reserve of bentonite. Montmorillonite of bentonite deposit in BinhThuan and Lam Dong ore ranges from 25 to 45 %. This project presents the results of research on the bed layer made from bentonite for system of radioactive waste storage. Our project has also researched the absorption capability of UO22+, Th4+ and heavy metals such as Pb2+ and Cd2+ on BinhThuan and Lam Dong bentonite in different conditions such as absorption time, pH of solution, concentration, amount of absorbent, etc. The swelling characteristic, the endosmosis of BinhThuan and Lam Dong bentonite have been identified. Our experiments showed that the bed layer made from BinhThuan and Lam Dong bentonite with size: (100 x 100 x 10) mm, additives Na2SiO3 is widely used for system of radioactive waste storage. (author)

  5. Applicability of low alkaline cement for construction and alteration of bentonite in the cement. 2

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    This study consists of accelerating corrosion test of rebar in saline, automogeneous shrinkage test of HFSC, accelerating test for bentonite and rock, and summarizing rock and bentonite alteration. Corrosion of rebars in HFSC: Since sorption capacity of HFSC for Cl ion is slow due to low alkalinity, rate of corrosion of rebar in HFSC is very large. Cracking due to corrosion is generating in 4 years or 20 years, although service period is deferent in OPC amount. Automogenous shrinkage: Automogenous shrinkage of HFSC is larger than OPC in cement paste. It decreases corresponding to rise of fly ash content. The shrinkage in HFSC 226 is quite similar to OPC. The shrinkage in HFSC concrete is smaller than OPC concrete. 720 days alteration test of bentonite by solution of low alkaline cement: Ion exchange to Ca bentonite and calcite are observed in the solid phase. Thin plate of bentonite is disappeared and round shaped secondary mineral is generated. Dissolution of bentonite and generation of secondary minerals are limited in pH 11.0 or less, since pH of bentonite is about 10.0. 720 days alteration test of rock by solution of low alkaline cement: Calcite is generated in very test. Very small evidence is observed as generation of secondary minerals. Etched pits are observed in tuff A due to corrosion. (author)

  6. Challenges in Analogical Reasoning

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    Lin, Shih-Yin

    2016-01-01

    Learning physics requires understanding the applicability of fundamental principles in a variety of contexts that share deep features. One way to help students learn physics is via analogical reasoning. Students can be taught to make an analogy between situations that are more familiar or easier to understand and another situation where the same physics principle is involved but that is more difficult to handle. Here, we examine introductory physics students' ability to use analogies in solving problems involving Newton's second law. Students enrolled in an algebra-based introductory physics course were given a solved problem involving tension in a rope and were then asked to solve another problem for which the physics is very similar but involved a frictional force. They were asked to point out the similarities between the two problems and then use the analogy to solve the friction problem.

  7. TV Analog Station Transmitters

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    Department of Homeland Security — This file is an extract from the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) licensed by the Media Bureau. It consists of Analog Television Stations (see Rule Part47 CFR...

  8. Project Caesium - An ion exchange model for the prediction of distribution coefficients of caesium in bentonite

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    A surface chemical model is established to thermodynamically describe caesium sorption on bentonite. Caesium sorption is studied on Wyoming bentonite MX-80 in solutions of NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, CaCl2, NaNO3 and Ca(NO3)2 of concentrations varying between 0.025M and 1M, as well as in the weakly saline Allard groundwater and the strongly saline Aespoe groundwater. Based on these experiments it is shown that the sorption behaviour of caesium on bentonite can be described, within the experimental and model uncertainties, in terms of a one-site ion exchange model. The ion exchange constant for the replacement of Na+ on montmorillonite by Cs+ is logKex degrees = 1.6. The model predictions compare well with sorption data published in the open literature on both Wyoming bentonite MX-80 and other types of bentonite. For the analysis of diffusion experiments in compacted bentonite, the apparent diffusivity of tritiated water, HTO, is used as an analogue to estimate the pore diffusivity of Cs+. Since insufficient information is available at present to estimate the porosity actually available for diffusion in compacted bentonite, it is assumed that the diffusion porosity can be approximated by using the value of the bulk porosity. Under these circumstances, the cation ex change capacity (CEC) found to be available for the diffusing species in compacted bentonite corresponds to about 12% of the total CEC of bentonite. It is recognised that the errors made in the estimation of the pore diffusivity and of the diffusion porosity are contained in the reduction factor of the CEC. A discussion of the factors affecting the diffusivities of radionuclides and the problem of establishing consistent sets of diffusivity data is given in the Appendix. 33 refs, 7 figs, 12 tabs

  9. Characterization of organo-modified bentonite sorbents: The effect of modification conditions on adsorption performance

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Modification of clay was evaluated by two methods for removing an organic substance. • Surfactant cations and organosilanes were intercalated into the interlayer space. • The hydrophobic surface of adsorbents increased the retention of organic substances. • Clay grafted with vinyltrimethoxysilane showed the highest adsorption for aniline. - Abstract: The organic modification of a natural bentonite was evaluated using two methods: exchanging the interlayer cations by hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) and grafting with vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) and γ-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxysilane (TMSPMA) on montmorillonite surface. The physicochemical characterization of all materials was made by X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area techniques. HDTMA cations and organosilanes were intercalated into the interlayer space of montmorillonite, as deduced from the increase of the basal spacing. IR spectroscopy, TGA and BET area give evidence of successful organic modification. The studies show a decrease in the IR absorption band intensity at 3465 cm−1 with surfactant modification, and also a decrease of mass loss due to adsorbed water observed in two samples: the organoclay and functionalized bentonites, which are evidences of a lower interlayer hydrophilicity. The efficiency of aniline removal onto natural bentonite, organobentonite and functionalized bentonites from aqueous solutions was evaluated. Aniline sorption on natural bentonite was studied using batch experiments, XRD and IR spectroscopy. The hydrophobic surface of organobentonite and functionalized bentonites increased the retention capacity for nonionic organic substances such as aniline on bentonites. The sorption properties of modified bentonite, through different modification methods, enhanced the potential industrial applications of bentonites in water decontamination

  10. Characterization of organo-modified bentonite sorbents: The effect of modification conditions on adsorption performance

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    Parolo, María E., E-mail: maria.parolo@fain.uncoma.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas (PROBIEN), Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén 8300 (Argentina); Pettinari, Gisela R. [Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas (PROBIEN), Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén 8300 (Argentina); Musso, Telma B. [Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas (PROBIEN), Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén 8300 (Argentina); CONICET, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sánchez-Izquierdo, María P.; Fernández, Laura G. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén 8300 (Argentina)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Modification of clay was evaluated by two methods for removing an organic substance. • Surfactant cations and organosilanes were intercalated into the interlayer space. • The hydrophobic surface of adsorbents increased the retention of organic substances. • Clay grafted with vinyltrimethoxysilane showed the highest adsorption for aniline. - Abstract: The organic modification of a natural bentonite was evaluated using two methods: exchanging the interlayer cations by hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) and grafting with vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) and γ-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxysilane (TMSPMA) on montmorillonite surface. The physicochemical characterization of all materials was made by X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area techniques. HDTMA cations and organosilanes were intercalated into the interlayer space of montmorillonite, as deduced from the increase of the basal spacing. IR spectroscopy, TGA and BET area give evidence of successful organic modification. The studies show a decrease in the IR absorption band intensity at 3465 cm{sup −1} with surfactant modification, and also a decrease of mass loss due to adsorbed water observed in two samples: the organoclay and functionalized bentonites, which are evidences of a lower interlayer hydrophilicity. The efficiency of aniline removal onto natural bentonite, organobentonite and functionalized bentonites from aqueous solutions was evaluated. Aniline sorption on natural bentonite was studied using batch experiments, XRD and IR spectroscopy. The hydrophobic surface of organobentonite and functionalized bentonites increased the retention capacity for nonionic organic substances such as aniline on bentonites. The sorption properties of modified bentonite, through different modification methods, enhanced the potential industrial applications of bentonites in water decontamination.

  11. Analog circuits cookbook

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    Hickman, Ian

    2013-01-01

    Analog Circuits Cookbook presents articles about advanced circuit techniques, components and concepts, useful IC for analog signal processing in the audio range, direct digital synthesis, and ingenious video op-amp. The book also includes articles about amplitude measurements on RF signals, linear optical imager, power supplies and devices, and RF circuits and techniques. Professionals and students of electrical engineering will find the book informative and useful.

  12. Synthesis of Paclitaxel Analogs

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    Xu, Zhibing

    2010-01-01

    Paclitaxel is one of the most successful anti-cancer drugs, particularly in the treatment of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. For the investigation of the interaction between paclitaxel and MD-2 protein, and development of new antagonists for lipopolysaccharide, several C10 A-nor-paclitaxel analogs have been synthesized and their biological activities have been evaluated. In order to reduce the myelosuppression effect of the paclitaxel, several C3â ² and C4 paclitaxel analogs have been synth...

  13. Concrete/Febex Bentonite Interaction: Results On Short-Term Column Experiments

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    Escribano, A.; Turrero, M.J.; Torres, E.; Martin, P.L. [CIEMAT, Environmental Department, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2008-07-01

    Interaction between the alkaline pore fluids from the concrete engineered barriers and the bentonite at the repository conditions may generate products that can diffuse through the porous structure of the bentonite affecting their properties. A comprehensive study based on series of short term experiments is being performed to provide experimental evidences on the physical, chemical and mineralogical changes during the concrete-compacted bentonite interaction. Samples were analyzed by XRD, SEM-EDS and FTIR. Measurements of swelling capacity, specific surface area and chemical analysis for cation exchange capacity and soluble salts analyses were also performed. (authors)

  14. Long-term dissolution behavior of spent fuel in compacted bentonite and synthetic granitic groundwater

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    This contribution describes experimental work which aims to get the information on corrosion behaviour of Spent Fuel, and to obtain the release rate of radionuclides from the fuel within domestic bentonite and synthetic granitic ground water. Specimens of fuel with burn-up up to 39 GWd/tU, with and without bentonite, have been subjected to leaching. The effects of bentonite on the dissolution rate, and of structural materials, copper and stainless steel on caesium release have been identified and are reported. (author)

  15. The study on bentonite slurry grout with ethanol for fractured rock masses

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    The purpose of this paper is to propose the grouting material and method for fractured rock masses. So experimental study is executed in order to grasp that the properties of grouting material is stable and impermeable. In this study, experiments of hydraulic test and grouting injection test are performed on bentonite slurry mixes in the laboratory. From the results of the tests, a mixer of ethanol and bentonite is found to be very suitable for a grouting material. Also, dynamic grouting method is able to inject the concentrated bentonite slurry in the fractured aperture. (author)

  16. NBR/ORGANOMODIFIED BENTONITE INTERCALATED HYBRIDS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON THE TOUGHNESS OF PVC

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    Chang-jiang You; De-min Jia; Zeng-yong Zhen; Kui Ding; Song Xi; Hai-lin Mo; Yong-hua Zhang

    2003-01-01

    Hybrids of intercalative nitrile-butadiene rubber/organomodified bentonite (NBR/OMB) were prepared by the latex intercalation technique. Investigation of their mechanical properties and the microstructure of NBR/OMB showed that the organomodified bentonite is an effective toughener for NBR. Transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) tests showed that the NBR macromolecule could be intercalated into the galleries of bentonite.Incorporation of NBR/OMB hybrids as tougheners into poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) results in a substantial increase in the impact strength of PVC, but little decrease in its tensile strength and flexural strength, compared to the unmodified PVC.

  17. Concrete/Febex Bentonite Interaction: Results On Short-Term Column Experiments

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    Interaction between the alkaline pore fluids from the concrete engineered barriers and the bentonite at the repository conditions may generate products that can diffuse through the porous structure of the bentonite affecting their properties. A comprehensive study based on series of short term experiments is being performed to provide experimental evidences on the physical, chemical and mineralogical changes during the concrete-compacted bentonite interaction. Samples were analyzed by XRD, SEM-EDS and FTIR. Measurements of swelling capacity, specific surface area and chemical analysis for cation exchange capacity and soluble salts analyses were also performed. (authors)

  18. Study of Interaction between Fly Ash-cement and Bentonite Matrices

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the important factors characterizing the quality of sealing mixtures is strength, durability, compatibility and permeability. Experimental work was therefore conducted to assess the use of cement, fly ash, gravel and bentonite in the form of artificial self-hardening sealing mixture. The results of the work show a good compatibility between the bentonite and cement during its fly ash replacement. Compactness of the structure was confirmed by studying of permeability and SEM microscopy, which in the system of ash-cement-bentonite matrix allowed assessing successive microstructure development of hydrating gel.

  19. Modified bentonite as adsorbent and catalyst for purification of wastewaters containing dyes

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    Žunić Marija J.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Modification and characterization of bentonite from location Bogovina, Serbia was performed in order to obtain material applicable in wastewater purification. The <75μm bentonite fraction was used in organobentonite synthesis while the <2μm bentonite fraction, obtained by hydroseparation was used in pillaring procedure. Organo-modification of bentonite was performed with (1-hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br. Pillared bentonite was obtained using standard procedure. Al3+ and Fe3+ ions were incorporated in pillars in 4:1 ratio and applied as catalyst in catalytic wet peroxide oxidation. Differences in structure of starting and modified bentonites were established by XRD analysis and nitrogen physisorption on -196 °C. The (001 smectite peak around 2θ = 6° shifts during the modification process. The Na-exchange process lowered d001 from 1.53 nm (2θ = 5.78° for starting clay to 1.28 nm (2θ = 6.92°, but the clay retained its swelling properties. The pillaring process increased and fixed the basal spacing to 1.74 nm. Intercalation of HDTMA ions into smectite structure increased d001 to 2.00 nm for organobentonite. Specific surface area, SBET, was affected by particle size and type of modification. The samples with finer bentonite fraction had higher SBET due to increased smectite content. Na-exchanged bentonite samples had higher SBET value than starting clay samples of same granulation. Organomodification caused dramatic decrease in SBET value, while the pillaring process lead to an increase of SBET value. Adsorptive and catalytic purification of wastewaters containing dyes was tested using Acid Yellow 99 as a model dye. Na-exchanged bentonite had greater adsorption affinity for dye adsorption than raw bentonite owing to higher SBET. By organomodification this affinity was enhanced more than 70 times due to transition of bentonite surface from hydrophilic to organophilic. Al,Fe pillared bentonite was proven to be efficient in

  20. Removal of natural uranium from water produced in the oil industry using Algerian bentonite

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    Batch sorption experiments have been carried out to remove natural uranium (NORM) from water obtained together with crude oil and natural gas, using Algerian bentonites. The effect of some important factors such as S/L ratio, pH, initial concentration, particle size was evaluated and a kinetic study performed. The value of the distribution coefficient (Kd) at equilibrium for natural uranium varied from 30 to 600 cm3 x g-1 and 50 to 1100 cm3 x g-1 (∼ 10% margin error) using natural bentonite and drilling bentonite, respectively. The isotherms showed that the data are consistent with both Freundlich and Langmuir models. (author)

  1. Experimental study on self-healing of bentonite/sand mixtures in hydraulic permeability

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    Effects of gas permeation on the impervious characteristics of bentonite/sand mixtures were studied experimentally by conducting permeability tests with various fluids and microscopic observations. In this test, hydraulic permeabilities were measured before/after helium gas was applied to permeate through the mixtures. It was found that gas formed preferential paths to migrate through the mixtures, and that the bentonite/sand mixtures never deteriorated in impervious capacity because the paths were-filled with swelling bentonite in re-saturation. (author)

  2. Bentonite-stabilized CDA/CTA membranes for seawater desalination. Pt. 2

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    The bentonite-stabilized seawater desalination membranes developed at GKSS were characterized by two transport coefficients. Both the hydrodynamic permeability as well as the electro-mechanical coefficient were significantly changed after 2000 hours RO rest runs. Their alterations were interpreted - applying the fively-porous membrane model - as an increase of the diffusion potential and a decrease of the streaming potential. The salt diffusion coefficient was analysed to be diminished by about 10%. The lowest performance changes of the membranes with 1000 ppm bentonite dope, support the experimental findings of flux-stabilization of bentonite-containing CDA/CTA membranes, published previously. (orig.)

  3. Electrical Circuits and Water Analogies

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    Smith, Frederick A.; Wilson, Jerry D.

    1974-01-01

    Briefly describes water analogies for electrical circuits and presents plans for the construction of apparatus to demonstrate these analogies. Demonstrations include series circuits, parallel circuits, and capacitors. (GS)

  4. Thermo-hydro-geochemical modelling of the bentonite buffer. LOT A2 experiment

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    Sena, Clara; Salas, Joaquin; Arcos, David (Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona (Spain))

    2010-12-15

    The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and waste management company (SKB) is conducting a series of long term buffer material (LOT) tests at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory (HRL) to test the behaviour of the bentonite buffer under conditions similar to those expected in a KBS-3 deep geological repository for high level nuclear waste (HLNW). In the present work a numerical model is developed to simulate (i) the thermo-hydraulic, (ii) transport and (iii) geochemical processes that have been observed in the LOT A2 test parcel. The LOT A2 test lasted approximately 6 years, and consists of a 4 m long vertical borehole drilled in diorite rock, from the ground of the Aespoe HRL tunnel. The borehole is composed of a central heater, maintained at 130 deg C in the lower 2 m of the borehole, a copper tube surrounding the heater and a 100 mm thick ring of pre-compacted Wyoming MX-80 bentonite around the copper tube /Karnland et al. 2009/. The numerical model developed here is a 1D axis-symmetric model that simulates the water saturation of the bentonite under a constant thermal gradient; the transport of solutes; and, the geochemical reactions observed in the bentonite blocks. Two cases have been modelled, one considering the highest temperature reached by the bentonite (at 3 m depth in the borehole, where temperatures of 130 and 85 deg C have been recorded near the copper tube and near the granitic host rock, respectively) and the other case assuming a constant temperature of 25 deg C, representing the upper part of borehole, where the bentonite has not been heated. In the LOT A2 test, the initial partially saturated bentonite becomes progressively water saturated, due to the injection of Aespoe granitic groundwater at granite - bentonite interface. The transport of solutes during the bentonite water saturation stage is believed to be controlled by water uptake from the surrounding groundwater to the wetting front and, additionally, in the case of heated bentonite, by a cyclic evaporation

  5. Thermo-hydro-geochemical modelling of the bentonite buffer. LOT A2 experiment

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    The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and waste management company (SKB) is conducting a series of long term buffer material (LOT) tests at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory (HRL) to test the behaviour of the bentonite buffer under conditions similar to those expected in a KBS-3 deep geological repository for high level nuclear waste (HLNW). In the present work a numerical model is developed to simulate (i) the thermo-hydraulic, (ii) transport and (iii) geochemical processes that have been observed in the LOT A2 test parcel. The LOT A2 test lasted approximately 6 years, and consists of a 4 m long vertical borehole drilled in diorite rock, from the ground of the Aespoe HRL tunnel. The borehole is composed of a central heater, maintained at 130 deg C in the lower 2 m of the borehole, a copper tube surrounding the heater and a 100 mm thick ring of pre-compacted Wyoming MX-80 bentonite around the copper tube /Karnland et al. 2009/. The numerical model developed here is a 1D axis-symmetric model that simulates the water saturation of the bentonite under a constant thermal gradient; the transport of solutes; and, the geochemical reactions observed in the bentonite blocks. Two cases have been modelled, one considering the highest temperature reached by the bentonite (at 3 m depth in the borehole, where temperatures of 130 and 85 deg C have been recorded near the copper tube and near the granitic host rock, respectively) and the other case assuming a constant temperature of 25 deg C, representing the upper part of borehole, where the bentonite has not been heated. In the LOT A2 test, the initial partially saturated bentonite becomes progressively water saturated, due to the injection of Aespoe granitic groundwater at granite - bentonite interface. The transport of solutes during the bentonite water saturation stage is believed to be controlled by water uptake from the surrounding groundwater to the wetting front and, additionally, in the case of heated bentonite, by a cyclic evaporation

  6. Short and long-term behavior of compacted bentonite in contact with solutions of different salinities: a safety issue for the long-term closure of repositories for radioactive waste?

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    Results of a 3 years study regarding the changes of MX-80 bentonite after reaction with solutions of different ionic strength and pH, occurring in repositories in granite, in clay and in salt formations are presented. Each solution reacted differently with the bentonite and affected differently the resulting mineralogy and swelling pressure (SWP). SWP were highest in contact with water (over 4 MPa), significantly lower in contact with low ionic strength solutions (around 2 MPa) and lowest in contact with high saline brines (mostly under 1 MPa). Alteration and partial dissolution of montmorillonite was observed. The Mg, Al and Si contents in the solutions increased with reaction time. Concomitantly in the octahedral layers of montmorillonite Mg was substituted by Al and the interlayer charge decreased. The correlation between the alteration process, the charge reduction and SWP is presented. The key for the observed mineralogical alteration may be the acidity of water in the interlayer space. This may explain why the alteration in compacted bentonite is faster than in the non compacted. All results can be explained by processes which lead to a pyrophyllitization/kaolinitization and Si-excess of the montmorillonite particles. These processes may lead in the long run to a significant or even total loss of swelling capacity of compacted bentonite, if high saline solutions and cement are involved. The slides of the presentation have been added at the end of the paper. (authors)

  7. A study on long term stability of bentonite. The preliminary study on the bentonite stability in the groundwater influenced by cementitious material

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    In the geological disposal concept of radioactive wastes, a kind of clay with sorption ability and low permeability, called bentonite, is envisaged as an engineered barrier system in the geological repository. Also, the cementitious material is envisaged as the backfill material in the vaults and the structure material of the vaults. The groundwater in contact with the cementitious material will promote hyperalkaline conditions in the repository environment and these conditions will affect the performance of the bentonite. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the interaction between the cementitious material and the bentonite for the evaluation of long term stability of the disposal system. In this study, for the identification and the investigation of the secondary minerals, the batch immersion experiments of the powder bentonite were carried out using synthetic cement leachates (pH=7, 12.5, 14) at 200degC. As the results, it was confirmed that Na as exchangeable cations in the bentonite can exchange relatively easily with Ca in the solution from the experiment results. And the ratio of cation exchange was estimated to be about 25% based on the amount of exchangeable cations Ca2+ between layers. Furthermore, it was concretely shown that the generation of analcime might be affected by the Na concentration from results of the solution analyses and a stability analysis of analcime using the chemical equilibrium model, in addition to the pH in the solution. (author)

  8. Nanocomposites of PP and bentonite clay modified with different surfactants

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    The aim of this work was the development of nano composites of polypropylene (PP) and national bentonite clay modified with different surfactants. The results of X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) showed that the organophilization process was effective. The surfactants led to a significant increase in the basal spacing of Brasgel PA clay. XRD results of the mixture PP/Brasgel PA clay modified with Praepagem WB surfactant indicated that a nanocomposite with intercalated structure was formed. When the Brasgel PA clay was modified with Praepagem HY surfactant, DRX results indicated that a micro composite was formed. Screw speed, clay content and PP viscosity had no influence on the XRD pattern of the obtained materials. (author)

  9. Sorption behaviour of caesium on a bentonite sample

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    Sorption of elements like Cs on clay is one of the principal processes delaying their release from deep repositories of nuclear wastes into the environment. The sorption processes taking place between non-purified natural clay material (bentonite) and synthetic groundwater (containing Ca, Mg, Na, K and carbonates) were therefore studied experimentally and modelled for Cs to determine whether thermodynamic computer codes capable of predicting the behaviour of this element in natural systems might be developed. The model used, based on the properties of a pure montmorillonite phase, incorporates the surface reactions for natural major ions and sorbing cations but does not have any adjustable parameters. The weight of each parameters used in the model is assessed. Surface reactions are classified as either major or minor, and a simplified model of Cs sorption that considers only the major processes is proposed. This simplified model might correspond to the less sophisticated thermodynamic model included in coupled geochemistry-transport models. (orig.)

  10. Sorption behaviour of caesium on a bentonite sample

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    Hurel, C. [Lab. de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement, UMR CNRS 5034, Univ. de Pau et des Pays de l' Adour, Helioparc Pau Pyrenees, Pau (France); GRECI, Univ. de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Moulin de la Housse, Reims (France); Marmier, N.; Fromage, F. [GRECI, Univ. de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Moulin de la Housse, Reims (France); Seby, F.; Bourg, A.C.M. [Lab. de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement, UMR CNRS 5034, Univ. de Pau et des Pays de l' Adour, Helioparc Pau Pyrenees, Pau (France); Giffaut, E. [ANDRA, Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Dechets Radioactifs, Chatenay-Malabry (France)

    2002-07-01

    Sorption of elements like Cs on clay is one of the principal processes delaying their release from deep repositories of nuclear wastes into the environment. The sorption processes taking place between non-purified natural clay material (bentonite) and synthetic groundwater (containing Ca, Mg, Na, K and carbonates) were therefore studied experimentally and modelled for Cs to determine whether thermodynamic computer codes capable of predicting the behaviour of this element in natural systems might be developed. The model used, based on the properties of a pure montmorillonite phase, incorporates the surface reactions for natural major ions and sorbing cations but does not have any adjustable parameters. The weight of each parameters used in the model is assessed. Surface reactions are classified as either major or minor, and a simplified model of Cs sorption that considers only the major processes is proposed. This simplified model might correspond to the less sophisticated thermodynamic model included in coupled geochemistry-transport models. (orig.)

  11. Backfilling of deposition tunnels: Use of bentonite pellets

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    The state of knowledge related to use of bentonite pellets as part of backfill or other gap filling components in repository applications is reviewed. How the pellets interact with adjacent sealing materials and the surrounding rock mass is a critical aspect in determining backfill behaviour. The key features and processes that determine how the pellet component of the KBS-3V deposition tunnel backfill will behave are discussed and recommendations related to what additional information needs to be developed are provided. Experiences related to pellet material composition, size, shape, placement options and more importantly, the density to which they can be placed all indicate that there are significant limitations to the achievable as-placed density of bentonite pellet fill. Low as-placed density of the pellet fill component of the backfill is potentially problematic as the outermost regions of tunnel backfill will be the first region of the backfill to be contacted by water entering the tunnels. It is also through this region that initial water movement along the length of the deposition tunnels will occur. This will greatly influence the operations in a tunnel, especially with respect to situations where water is exiting the downstream face of still open deposition tunnels. Pellet-filled regions are also sensitive to groundwater salinity, susceptible to development of piping features and subsequent mechanical erosion by through flowing water, particularly in the period preceding deposition tunnel closure. A review of the experiences of various organisations considering use of bentonite-pellet materials as part of buffer or backfill barriers is provided in this document. From this information, potential options and limitations to use of pellets or pellet-granule mixtures in backfill are identified. Of particular importance is identification of the apparent upper-limits of dry density to which such materials can to be placed in the field. These bounds will

  12. Hydrothermal stability of bentonite-based buffer materials

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    The reactions expected in bentonite-based buffer materials under conditions typical of a nuclear fuel waste disposal include mineral transformations (e.g. smectite to illite; smectite to zeolite) and a range of low-temperature cementation reactions. The probable extent and significance of these reactions are reviewed, and other reactions involving proposed filler sands are also examined briefly. The effects of mineral transformations on buffer performance will be insignificant if disposal vault temperatures do not exceed 100-120 degrees C and pH remains in the range 4 to 8. At pH > 9, zeolitization and silica dissolution may occur and buffer stability cannot be assured. The effects of cementation reactions may be significant, but are difficult to predict and require further investigation

  13. Properties of zeolite a synthesized by natural bentonite

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    Synthetic zeolite was prepared by using of natural bentonite from Kampo area and the application of detergent builder was investigated. The optimum synthetic condition was SiO2/Al2O3 = 2, Na2O/Al2O3 = 1, H2O/Al2O3 30 at 90 deg C for 3 hr and it was found by XRD analysis that the zeolite synthesized under this condition was type A. When the zeolite A synthesized under the optimum condition was contacted with 40 deg Dh CaCl2 solution at 30 deg C for 15 min, the cation exchange capacity was 264.9 mg CaO/g-zeolite. And the whiteness of the sample was 89% and the mean particle size was 9.95μm. (author)

  14. Characterization of Unye bentonite after treatment with sulfuric acid

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    Bulent Caglar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Unye bentonite was found to consist predominantly of a dioctahedral smectite along with quartz, tridymite, cristobalite, and minor fractions of feldspar and anatase. A considerable amount of Al was retained as a constituent in acid-resistant impurities following the decomposition of the montmorillonite via acid treatment at an acid/clay ratio of 0.4. These impurities were mesoporous with a maximum surface area of 303.9±0.4 m² g-1. A sharp decrease in the d001 lattice spacing of the montmorillonite to 15.33 Å reflected the reduction of the crystallinity in the activated products. In addition, the increase in the ease with which newly formed hydroxyl groups were lost paralleled the severity of the acid treatment.

  15. Backfilling of deposition tunnels: Use of bentonite pellets

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    Dixon, David (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (Canada)); Sanden, Torbjoern (Clay Technology AB (Sweden)); Jonsson, Esther (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Mangaement Co. (Sweden)); Hansen, Johanna (Posiva Oy (Finland))

    2011-02-15

    The state of knowledge related to use of bentonite pellets as part of backfill or other gap filling components in repository applications is reviewed. How the pellets interact with adjacent sealing materials and the surrounding rock mass is a critical aspect in determining backfill behaviour. The key features and processes that determine how the pellet component of the KBS-3V deposition tunnel backfill will behave are discussed and recommendations related to what additional information needs to be developed are provided. Experiences related to pellet material composition, size, shape, placement options and more importantly, the density to which they can be placed all indicate that there are significant limitations to the achievable as-placed density of bentonite pellet fill. Low as-placed density of the pellet fill component of the backfill is potentially problematic as the outermost regions of tunnel backfill will be the first region of the backfill to be contacted by water entering the tunnels. It is also through this region that initial water movement along the length of the deposition tunnels will occur. This will greatly influence the operations in a tunnel, especially with respect to situations where water is exiting the downstream face of still open deposition tunnels. Pellet-filled regions are also sensitive to groundwater salinity, susceptible to development of piping features and subsequent mechanical erosion by through flowing water, particularly in the period preceding deposition tunnel closure. A review of the experiences of various organisations considering use of bentonite-pellet materials as part of buffer or backfill barriers is provided in this document. From this information, potential options and limitations to use of pellets or pellet-granule mixtures in backfill are identified. Of particular importance is identification of the apparent upper-limits of dry density to which such materials can to be placed in the field. These bounds will

  16. Evaluation of impact strength of polyamide 6/bentonite clay nanocomposites

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    Nanocomposites of polymer/clay have had much attention in recent years, particularly those developed with layered silicates due to the need of engineering materials more efficient than pure polymers for certain applications. The level of exfoliation of layered silicates in crystalline structure of polymer matrices has been studied and has been observed that they affect the crystalline behavior and the physical and mechanical properties. In this study, nanocomposites of polyamide 6 were obtained by the melt intercalation method, using a regional bentonite modified with a quaternary ammonium salt in an amount of 3% by weight. XRD results showed that incorporation of salt among the layers of clay, making it organophilic and obtaining exfoliated and/or partially exfoliated structures. The impact properties of the nanocomposites showed inferior in relation to pure polyamide, in other words, lost of toughness. (author)

  17. Decontamination effectiveness of bentonite in pigs and sheep repeatedly contaminated with radiocesium

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    The investigations were conducted on 10 pigs and 10 sheep contaminated daily for 21 days with 137CsCl and fed twice a day a normal diet or the same diet supplemented with 10% of bentonite. The animals were killed at days 7, 14 and 21 of radiocesium administration and after cessation of the administration. The abomasum, liver, kidneys, lung, spleen, brain, heart, muscles, tongue and skin were sampled for radiometric determinations. The animals fed a bentonite-supplemented diet revealed substantially lower contents of Cs-137 as compared to the controls. The radioactivities of pig and sheep organs after 21 d Cs-137 administration were lower by about 67.5 and 81.3%, respectively, compared to the controls. The cessation of Cs-137 administration decreased organ radioactivities in bentonite-fed sheep and pigs by about 74.5 and 64.1%, respectively, compared to those in animals without bentonite. (author). 12 refs, 2 tabs

  18. EVALUATION OF THE BENTONITE CONTENT IN SPENT FOUNDRY SANDS AS A FUNCTION OF HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY COEFFICIENT

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    Full Text Available This study evaluates the relationship of the bentonite content and hydraulic conductivity coefficient (k of waste foundry sands in tests of hydraulic conductivity in a flexible wall permeameter. The test samples had concentrations of activated sodium bentonite and natural sodium bentonite between 4% and 15%. It was also analyzed chemically the liquid leachate (aluminum, barium, chromium, cadmium, lead, phenols, iron, fluoride, and manganese, following de standard tests of Standard Methods 3111 B e D for the determination of this components in liquid samples. The experiments were supplemented with cation exchange capacity analysis. The results indicate that the values of are is related to the content of bentonite in waste foundry sand and the percolation from this waste disposal.

  19. Swelling and hydraulic properties of Ca-bentonite for the buffer of a waste repository

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    Swelling and hydraulic tests were carried out to provide the information for the selection of buffer material in a radioactive waste repository. Ca-bentonite and de-ionized water were used for the tests. The swelling pressures of compacted bentonite were in the wide range of 0.7 Kg/cm2 to 190.2 Kg/cm2, and they largely increased with an increase in the dry density and bentonite content. However, the swelling pressures decreased with increasing the initial water content and beyond about 12 wt.% of the initial water content, leveled off to a nearly constant value. The hydraulic conductivities were lower than 10-11 m/s for the compacted bentonite with the dry density higher than 1.4 Mg/m3. They increased with increasing temperature in the range of 20 deg. C to 150 deg. C. (author)

  20. Practical and theoretical basis for performing redox-measurements in compacted bentonite. A literature survey

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    This report reviews the state-of-the-art with regard to redox measurements, especially in compacted water saturated bentonite, but also in natural systems like sediments and ground waters. Both theoretical and practical aspects of redox measurements are discussed, as well as some basic concepts like terminal electron-accepting processes (TEAPs) and oxidative capacity (OXC). The problems associated with the interpretation of measured electrode potentials are treated. Despite many practical and theoretical difficulties, redox measurements continue to be carried out by researchers all over the world. The over-all conclusion from the literature survey is that fruitful redox-measurements can be performed in compacted bentonite. Irrespective of whether the measured redox potentials are absolute or not, the use of electrodes provide a valuable tool for studying, e.g., long-term changes in the pore water of compacted bentonite and/or the diffusion of oxygen into a bentonite. (orig.)

  1. Temperature effects on geotechnical and hydraulic properties of bentonite hydrated with inorganic salt solutions

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    Rashid, H. M. A.; Kawamoto, K.; Saito, T.;

    2015-01-01

    © 2015, International Journal of GEOMATE. This study investigated the combined effect of temperature and single-species salt solutions on geotechnical properties (swell index and liquid limit) and hydraulic conductivity of bentonite applying different cation types, concentrations, and temperatures...

  2. RECEIVING FUNCTIONAL FEED ADDITIVE ON THE BASIS OF BENTONITE CLAYS AND CAROTENE CONTAINING RAW MATERIALS

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this article we have shown the results of studying of biologically active connections in bentonite clays, carotene containing raw materials for the purpose of receiving functional feed additive for agricultural birds

  3. Hydraulic permeability of bentonite-polymer composites for application in landfill technology

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    Dehn, Hanna; Haase, Hanna; Schanz, Tom

    2015-04-01

    Bentonites are often used as barrier materials in landfill technology to prevent infiltration of leachates to the natural environment. Since decades, geoenvironmental engineering aims at improving the hydro-mechanical performance of landfill liners. Various studies on the permeability performance of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) show effects of non-standard liquids on behaviour of Na+-bentonite regarding its sealing capacity. With increasing concentration of chemical aggressive solutions the sealing capacity decreases (Shackelford et al. 2000). An opportunity to improve the hydraulic permeability of the bentonites is the addition of polymers. The changes in hydraulic permeability performance of polymer treated and untreated bentonites while adding chemical aggressive solutions were studied by several authors. Results obtained by Scalia et al. (2014) illustrate that an increase in permeability can be prevented by adding polymer to Na+-bentonite. On the other hand, Ashmawy et al. (2002) presented results on the incapability of several commercial bentonite-polymer-products. The objective of this study is to characterize the influence of polymer addition on hydraulic performance of Na+-bentonite systematically. Therefore, the influence of 1% polymer addition of cationic and anionic polyacrylamide on the swelling pressure and hydraulic permeability of MX 80 bentonite was investigated. Preparation of bentonite-polymer composites was conducted (1) in dry conditions and (2) using solution-intercalation method. Experiments on hydraulic permeability were carried out using distilled water as well as CaCl2-solution. References Ashmawy, A. K., El-Hajji, D., Sotelo, N. & Muhammad, N. (2002), `Hydraulic Performance of Untreated and Polymer-treated Bentonite in Inorganic Landfill Leachates', Clays and Clay Minerals 50(5), 546-552. Scalia, J., Benson, C., Bohnhoff, G., Edil, T. & Shackelford, C. (2014), 'Long-Term Hydraulic Conductivity of a Bentonite-Polymer Composite Permeated

  4. Digital and analog communication systems

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    The book presents an introductory treatment of digital and analog communication systems with emphasis on digital systems. Attention is given to the following topics: systems and signal analysis, random signal theory, information and channel capacity, baseband data transmission, analog signal transmission, noise in analog communication systems, digital carrier modulation schemes, error control coding, and the digital transmission of analog signals.

  5. Analogical Reasoning in Geometry Education

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    Magdas, Ioana

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    The analogical reasoning isn't used only in mathematics but also in everyday life. In this article we approach the analogical reasoning in Geometry Education. The novelty of this article is a classification of geometrical analogies by reasoning type and their exemplification. Our classification includes: analogies for understanding and setting a…

  6. Electrical analogous in viscoelasticity

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    Ala, Guido; Di Paola, Mario; Francomano, Elisa; Li, Yan; Pinnola, Francesco P.

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, electrical analogous models of fractional hereditary materials are introduced. Based on recent works by the authors, mechanical models of materials viscoelasticity behavior are firstly approached by using fractional mathematical operators. Viscoelastic models have elastic and viscous components which are obtained by combining springs and dashpots. Various arrangements of these elements can be used, and all of these viscoelastic models can be equivalently modeled as electrical circuits, where the spring and dashpot are analogous to the capacitance and resistance, respectively. The proposed models are validated by using modal analysis. Moreover, a comparison with numerical experiments based on finite difference time domain method shows that, for long time simulations, the correct time behavior can be obtained only with modal analysis. The use of electrical analogous in viscoelasticity can better reveal the real behavior of fractional hereditary materials.

  7. An Evaluation of Models of Bentonite Pore Water Evolution

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    The determination of a bentonite pore water composition and understanding its evolution of with time underpins many radioactive waste disposal issues, such as buffer erosion, canister corrosion, and radionuclide solubility, sorption, and diffusion, inter alia. The usual approach to modelling clay pore fluids is based primarily around assumed chemical equilibrium between Na+, K+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ aqueous species and ion exchange sites on montmorillonite, but also includes protonation- deprotonation of clay edge surface sites, and dissolution-precipitation of the trace mineral constituents, calcite and gypsum. An essential feature of this modelling approach is that clay hydrolysis reactions (i.e. dissolution of the aluminosilicate octahedral and tetrahedral sheets of montmorillonite) are ignored. A consequence of the omission of clay hydrolysis reactions from bentonite pore fluid models is that montmorillonite is preserved indefinitely in the near-field system, even over million-year timescales. Here, we investigate the applicability of an alternative clay pore fluid model, one that incorporates clay hydrolysis reactions as an integral component and test it against well-characterised laboratory experimental data, where key geochemical parameters, Eh and pH, have been measured directly in compacted bentonite. Simulations have been conducted using a range of computer codes to test the applicability of this alternative model. Thermodynamic data for MX-80 smectite used in the calculations were estimated using two different methods. Simulations of 'end-point' pH measurements in batch bentonite-water slurry experiments showed different pH values according to the complexity of the system studied. The most complete system investigated revealed pH values were a strong function of partial pressure of carbon dioxide, with pH increasing with decreasing PCO2 (log PCO2 values ranging from -3.5 to -7.5 bars produced pH values ranging from 7.9 to 9.6). A second set of calculations

  8. Highly compacted bentonite: a self-healing substance for nuclear waste isolation

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    Granular Na bentonite acquires considerable microstructural homogeneity through water and particle redistribution processes. This yields a very low permeability and thus excellent barrier functions in repositories. This self-healing property also means that large bentonite volumes tend to reach a homogeneous condition. Thus, local voids or inhomogeneities produced, for instance, by minor displacement of the surrounding rock will be healed. The swelling potential also means that a perfect contact is established between the clay barrier and the rock

  9. Removal of formaldehyde from aqueous solution by adsorption on kaolin and bentonite: a comparative study

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    Salman, Muhammad; Athar, Makshoof; SHAFIQUE, Umer; Rehman, Rabia

    2012-01-01

    The adsorption of formaldehyde on bentonite and kaolin was studied in batch mode. Parameters like adsorbent dose, pH, contact time and agitation speed were investigated. Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isotherms were employed for describing adsorption equilibrium. The maximum amounts of formaldehyde adsorbed (qmax), as evaluated by Langmuir isotherm, were 3.41 and 5.03 milligrams per gram of ground kaolin and bentonite, respectively. The study results led to the conclusion that kaol...

  10. An investigation on physical properties of polyethylene composite with bentonite, kaolin and calcium carbonate additives

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    Karabeyoğlu, Sencer S.; , Nurşen Öntürk

    2014-01-01

    Bentonite, Kaolin, Calcium carbonate easily obtained in nature as mineral products are widely used in plastics industry for additive materials. In this study, Bentonite, Kaolin, and Calcium carbonate minerals were compounded with polyethylene matrix used in specific rates. Prepared compounds melted in sheet metal molds and cooled down under appropriate conditions. Thus, production of composite material was achieved. Hardness, water absorption, and physical properties of manufactured composite...

  11. Surface Modification of Bentonites. II. Modification of Montmorillonite with Cationic Poly(ethylene oxides)

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    Dau, Jörn; Lagaly, Gerhard

    1998-01-01

    Surface modification of clay minerals has become increasingly important for optimizing the practical application of bentonites, kaolins, and clays. We describe the reaction of montmorillonite, an important mineral in bentonites, with cationic poly(ethylene oxides). Poly(ethylene oxides), PEOs, with molecular masses between 1550 and 35000, were modified by substituting the OH end groups by bromine, then replacing Br by trimethylammonium (TMA) groups. Mono-endcapped PEOs were prepared from poly...

  12. Adsorption of and acidic dye from aqueous solution by surfactant modified bentonite

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    The aim of this paper is to study the adsorption of an acidic dye S. Y. 4 GL (i.e: Supranol yellow 4GL) from aqueous solution on inorgano-organo clay. Bentonite is a kind of natural clay with good exchanging ability. By exchanging its inter lamellar cations with Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and hydroxy aluminic or chromium poly cations, the properties of natural bentonite can be greatly improved. (Author)

  13. Research program to study the gamma radiation effects in Spanish bentonites

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    The engineering barrier of a radioactive waste underground disposal facility, placed in a granitic host rock, will consist of a backfill of compacted bentonite blocks. At first, this material will be subjected to a gamma radiation field, from the waste canister, and heat from the spent fuel inside the canister. Moreover, any groundwater that reaches the repository will saturate the bentonite. For these reasons the performance of the engineered barrier must be carefully assessed in laboratory experiments. (Author)

  14. The effect of pore structural factors on diffusion in compacted sodium bentonite

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    Four kinds of diffusion experiments; (1) through-diffusion (T-D) experiments for diffusion direction dependency to compacted direction, (2) in-diffusion (I-D) experiments for composition dependency of silica sand in bentonite, (3) I-D experiments for initial bentonite grain size dependency, and (4) I-D experiments for the effect of a single fracture developed in bentonite, were carried out using tritiated water (HTO) to evaluate the effect of pore structural factors on diffusion. For (1), effective diffusivities (De) in Na-bentonites, Kunigel-V1 and Kunipia-F, were measured for densities of 1.0 and 1.5 Mg.m-3 in the axial and perpendicular directions to compacted one. Although De values in Kunigel-V1 for both directions were similar over the density, De values for perpendicular direction to compacted one in Kunipia-F were higher than those for the same direction as compacted one. For (2), apparent diffusivities (Da) in Kunigel-V1 with silica sand were measured for densities of 0.8 to 1.8 Mg.m-3. No significant effect of the mixture of silica sand was found. For (3), Da values for densities of 0.8 to 1.8 Mg.m-3 were measured for a granulated Na-bentonite, OT-9607. However, no effect of initial bentonite grain size was found. For (4), Da values in Kunigel-V1, in which a single fracture was artificially reproduced and immersed in distilled water, were measured. No effect of the fracture on Da was found. Based on this, it may be said that the composition of smectite in bentonite affects the orientation property of clay particle and also affects diffusion. Furthermore, a penetrated fracture formed in bentonite is restored for a short while and does not affect diffusion. Copyright (2001) Material Research Society

  15. Investigation of Co(II) sorption on GMZ bentonite from aqueous solutions by batch experiments

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    In this study, a local bentonite from Gaomiaozi county (Inner Mongolia, China) was converted to Na-bentonite and was characterized by FTIR and XRD to determine its chemical constituents and micro-structure. The removal of cobalt from aqueous solutions by Na-bentonite was investigated as a function of contact time, pH, ionic strength, foreign ions and temperature by batch technique under ambient conditions. The results indicated that the sorption of Co(II) was strongly dependent on pH. At low pH, the sorption of Co(II) was dominated by outer-sphere surface complexation or ion exchange whereas inner-sphere surface complexation was the main sorption mechanism at high pH. The Langmuir, Freundlich, and D-R models were used to simulate the sorption isotherms of Co(II) at the temperatures of 293.15, 313.15 and 333.15 K, respectively. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔG0, ΔS0, ΔH0) of Co(II) sorption on GMZ bentonite calculated from the temperature-dependent sorption isotherms indicated that the sorption of Co(II) on GMZ bentonite was an exothermic and spontaneous process. The Na-bentonite is a suitable material for the preconcentration and solidification of Co(II) from aqueous solutions. (author)

  16. Study of combined effect of proteins and bentonite fining on the wine aroma loss.

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    Vincenzi, Simone; Panighel, Annarita; Gazzola, Diana; Flamini, Riccardo; Curioni, Andrea

    2015-03-01

    The wine aroma loss as a consequence of treatments with bentonite is due to the occurrence of multiple interaction mechanisms. In addition to a direct effect of bentonite, the removal of aroma compounds bound to protein components adsorbed by the clay has been hypothesized but never demonstrated. We studied the effect of bentonite addition on total wine aroma compounds (extracted from Moscato wine) in a model solution in the absence and presence of total and purified (thaumatin-like proteins and chitinase) wine proteins. The results showed that in general bentonite alone has a low effect on the loss of terpenes but removed ethyl esters and fatty acids. The presence of wine proteins in the solution treated with bentonite tended to increase the loss of esters with the longest carbon chains (from ethyl octanoate to ethyl decanoate), and this was significant when the purified proteins were used. The results here reported suggest that hydrophobicity can be one of the driving forces involved in the interaction of aromas with both bentonite and proteins. PMID:25665100

  17. Adsorption of dye from wastewater using chitosan-CTAB modified bentonites.

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    Guo, Jianzhong; Chen, Shunwei; Liu, Li; Li, Bing; Yang, Ping; Zhang, Lijun; Feng, Yanlong

    2012-09-15

    Dyeing wastewater removal is important for the water treatment, and adsorption is an efficient treatment process. In this study, three modified bentonites, chitosan modified bentonite (CTS-Bent), hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) modified bentonite (CTAB-Bent), and both chitosan and hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide modified bentonite (CTS-CTAB-Bent) were prepared and characterized by FTIR and XRD analysis. Batch experiments were conducted to evaluate the adsorptive removal of weak acid scarlet from aqueous phase using modified bentonites under different conditions. The results show that the adsorption capacity of weak acid scarlet onto natural bentonite was low (4.9%), but higher for 1CTS-Bent and 1CTS-10CTAB-Bent. The optimal conditions for weak acid scarlet adsorption were 1% chitosan, 10% CTAB, at 80°C and reaction time 2.5h. The best removal efficiency was ∼85%, and the adsorption capacity of weak acid scarlet was around 102.0mg g(-1), much higher than that of commercial activated carbon (27.2mg g(-1)). These results suggest that 1CTS-10CTAB-Bent is an excellent adsorbent for effective weak acid scarlet removal from water. The adsorption isotherms of weak acid scarlet were investigated. It was found that Langmuir and Temkin models fitted the data very well (R(2)>0.99). PMID:22738850

  18. Monitoring of bentonite pore water with a probe based on solid-state microsensors

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    Repositories for the disposal of radioactive waste generally rely on a multi-barrier system to isolate the waste from the biosphere. This multi-barrier system typically comprises Natural geological barrier provided by the repository host rock and its surroundings and an engineered barrier system (EBS). Bentonite is being studied as an appropriated porous material for an EBS to prevent or delay the release and transport of radionuclides towards biosphere. The study of pore water chemistry within bentonite barriers will permit to understand the transport phenomena of radionuclides and obtain a database of the bentonite-water interaction processes. In this work, the measurement of some chemical parameters in bentonite pore water using solid-state microsensors is proposed. Those sensors are well suited for this application since in situ measurements are feasible and they are robust enough for the long periods of time that monitoring is needed in an EBS. A probe containing an ISFET (ion sensitive field effect transistor) for measuring pH, and platinum microelectrodes for measuring conductivity and redox potential was developed, together with the required instrumentation, to study the chemical changes in a test cell with compacted bentonite. Response features of the sensors' probe and instrumentation performance in synthetic samples with compositions similar to those present in bentonite barriers are reported. Measurements of sensors stability in a test cell are also presented

  19. EFFECT OF BENTONITE ON SKIN WOUND HEALING: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY IN THE RAT MODEL

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    S. H. Emami-Razavi

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Wound healing in the skin depends upon the availability of appropriate trace metals as enzyme cofactors and structural components in tissue repair. The present study is a part of a series of experimental investigations to examine the influence of Bentonite on skin wound healing. Surgically induced skin wounds in 48 young adult male rats were exposed topically to Bentonite (12 round wound and 12 incisional wound and control wounds (12 round wound and 12 incisional wound received de-ionized water only. Skin wounds (round and incisional treated with Bentonite exhibited no significant difference in margins with erythema and edematous changes. Scab and wound debris was more extensive and persisted for at least 7 days after surgery in control group (P < 0.05. Skin wounds exposed to Bentonite exhibited a mild retarded re-epithelialization, the treatment wounds were characterized by a prominent central mass of inflammatory cells, cell debris and wound exudate. The intense infiltrate of lymphocytes, macrophages, monocytes and fibroblasts extended from the wound margin into the region of the panniculus carnosus muscle and hypodermis. Vascular dilatation and dermal oedema were prominent features of these wounds. External utilization of Bentonite for wound healing is safe and feasible, and we finalized that macroscopic healing of wound that treated by Bentonite was superior versus control group.

  20. The influence of the addition of polymers on the physico-chemical properties of bentonite suspensions

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    Stojiljkovic S.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite clays have many applications in industries ranging from construction to cosmetics. Addition of polymers can profoundly influence the properties of bentonite suspensions and we now describe the influence of a range of different polymers. Whereas polyvinyl pyrolidone and soy isolate only slightly influenced the pH and the electrical conductivity of bentonite polymers in suspension, Carbopol solution caused decreases in both pH and electrical conductivity. As expected, strong electrolytes like sodium chloride caused big changes in the electrical conductivity of the suspensions. When the temperature of the bentonite suspensions was increased, the pH was almost unchanged, but the electrical conductivity increased. Bentonite treated with polymer suspensions can be used in purifying polluted water; for example, our results suggest that high pH caused by phosphorous salts can be addressed using bentonite modified with Carbopol. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije: Stanisa Stojiljkovic, Vojkan Miljkovic, Goran Nikolic, Ivana Savic and Ivan Savic, TR 34020, Danijela Kostic 172047 and Biljana Arsic 174007

  1. Fundamental study on anisotropy of diffusion and migration pathway in compacted bentonite

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    SEM observations for micropore structure in compacted bentonite and through-diffusion experiments for non-sorptive tritiated water (HTO) were conducted to evaluate the anisotropy of diffusive pathway in compacted bentonite used as a buffer material in the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. The SEM observations and thorough-diffusion experiments were conducted for axial and perpendicular directions to the compacted direction of bentonite as a function of bentonite's dry density. Two types of Na-bentonites, Kunigel-V1 and Kunipia-F with different smectite contents were used in both experiments. No orientation of clay particles was found for low-smectite content Kunigel-V1, while layers of clay particles orientated in the perpendicular direction to compacted direction were observed for Kunipia-F with approximately 100 wt% smectite content. This tendency is in good agreement with that for HTO's effective diffusivities obtained from diffusion experiments, indicating that smectite content in bentonite affects the orientation properties of clay particles and diffusive pathway. (author)

  2. [Study on performance of double mineral base liner using modified bentonite as active material].

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    Qu, Zhi-Hui; Zhao, Yong-Sheng; Wang, Tie-Jun; Ren, He-Jun; Zhou, Rui; Hua, Fei; Wang, Bing; Hou, Yin-Ting; Dai, Yun

    2009-06-15

    The absorbing capacity of clay,roasting bentonites by 450 degrees C and dual-cation organobentonites of the pollutions in landfill leachate was compared through static experiment, and investigations were conducted into availability of controlling the permeating of landfill leachate and feasibility of removing the main pollutants in leachate on the double mineral base liners of clay/roasting bentonites by 450 degrees C and clay/dual-cation organobentonites by using nice landfill leachate as the filter fluid. Experiment indicated that the adsorption equilibrium time of landfill leachate in clay, roasting bentonites by 450 degrees C and dual-cation organobentonites was 24 h; the absorbing capacity of roasting bentonites by 450 degrees C and dual-cation organobentonites was larger than that of clay. Simultaneous the penetration coefficients of the two liners were respective 1.31 x 10(-8) cm x s(-1) and 2.80 x 10(-8) cm x s(-1); Double mineral base liners of clay/roasting bentonites by 450 degrees C owned larger absorbing capacity of NH4+, however, double mineral base liners of clay/dual-cation organobentonites had strong absorbing capacity of organic pollutants and the attenuation rate of COD was 33.82% higher than the other. Conclusion was drawn that different types of modified bentonite should be chosen as "the active layer" according to different styles of landfill pollutants. PMID:19662882

  3. Salt content impact on the unsaturated property of bentonite-sand buffer backfilling materials

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    Zhang Ming [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang Huyuan, E-mail: p1314lvp@yahoo.com.cn [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Jia Lingyan; Cui Suli [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SWCC and infiltration process of bentonite-sand mixtures is researched. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The k{sub u} of bentonite-sand mixtures was evaluated as the buffer backfilling materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Salt content impacting on the unsaturated property of bentonite-sand materials is small. - Abstract: Bentonite mixed with sand is often considered as possible engineered barrier in deep high-level radioactive waste disposal in China. In the present work, the vapor transfer technique and water infiltration apparatus were used to measure the soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity (k{sub u}) of bentonite-sand mixtures (B/S) effected by salt content. Results show, the water-holding capacity and k{sub u} increase slightly with the concentration of Na{sup +} in pore liquid increasing from 0 g/L to 12 g/L, similar with the solution concentration of Beishan groundwater in China. Salt content in the laboratory produced only one order of magnitude increase in k{sub u}, which is the 'safe' value. The different pore liquid concentrations used in this study led to small differences in thickness of diffuse double layer of bentonite in mixtures, this might explain why some differences have been found in final values of k{sub u}.

  4. Influence of Water Salinity on the Hydraulic Conductivity of Compacted Bentonite

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    Cho, Won Jin; Kim, Jin Seop; Choi, Jong Won [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-12-15

    The influence of water salinity on the hydraulic conductivities of compacted bentonite with several dry densities were studied. The hydraulic conductivity increases with increasing salinity only when the dry density of bentonite is relatively low. The degree of increase becomes more remarkable at a lower dry density of bentonite. For bentonite with the density of 1.0 Mg/m{sup 3} and 1.2 Mg/m{sup 3}, the hydraulic conductivity of the 0.4 M NaCl solution increases up to about 7 times and 3 times, respectively higher than that of freshwater. However, for the bentonite with a dry density higher than 1.4 Mg/m{sup 3}, the salinity has an insignificant effect on the hydraulic conductivity, and the hydraulic conductivity is nearly constant within the salinity range of 0.04 to 0.4 M NaCl. The pre-saturation of the bentonite specimen with freshwater has no significant influence on the hydraulic conductivity.

  5. Occurrence of Fe–Mg-rich smectites and corrensite in the Morrón de Mateo bentonite deposit (Cabo de Gata region, Spain): A natural analogue of the bentonite barrier in a radwaste repository

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    Pelayo Bayón, Marta; García Romero, Emilia; Labajo Rodillana, Miguel A.; Pérez del Villar Guillén, L.

    2011-01-01

    The Morrón de Mateo bentonite deposit is being studied as a natural analogue of the thermal and geochemical effects on a bentonite barrier in a deep geological repository of high level radioactive wastes. This bentonite deposit and its host rocks were intruded by a rhyodacitic volcanic dome that induced a hydrothermal metasomatic process affecting the biocalcarenite beds close to the dome. In this work, the mineralogical and chemical features of the clay minerals of the hydrotherm...

  6. Study of Japanese and Serbia bentonite on the fraction of 137Cs from cement-ion exchange resins-bentonite clay mixture

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    Leaching tests in cement-ion exchange resins-bentonite matrix, were carried out in accordance with a method recommended by IAEA. The cement specimens were prepared from construction cement which is basically a standard Portland cement. The cement was mixed with saturated wet cation exchange resins, (100 g. of dry resins +100 g. of water containing 137Cs) and two bentonite clay, from Serbia, and another from Japan. After each leaching period the radioactivity in the leachant was measured. All results exhibit practically the same general characteristics. An enhanced initial period of leaching occurs during the first 25-30 days or so, followed by a distinct reduction in the leach rate which is broadly maintained up to the long period of leaching. The leach behaviour of cement-mortar materials can be explained as a combination of two processes: surface wash-off, which is not diffusion controlled, followed by a static diffusion stage. Enhanced initial period of leaching can be explained in terms of a rapid equilibrium being established between spaces present in the surface pores of the Portland cement and ions in solution in the leachant; hence the term wash-off. It is the second stage which is controlled by diffusion that dominates the long-term leaching behaviour of the material. We also prove that increasing amount of bentonite causes a significant reduction in the leaching rate, because of bentonite good sorption characteristics and ion selectivity. We showed that the bentonite from Serbia can successfully be used for the immobilisation of radioactive waste with same quality as Japanese bentonite

  7. Characterization of natural organic matter in bentonite clays for potential use in deep geological repositories for used nuclear fuel

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    Highlights: • We studied the composition of natural organic matter in bentonite clay. • Biomarker results indicate a predominance of plant-derived organic matter. • Aromatic and aliphatic compounds were observed in NMR spectra. • Degradation ratios suggest that organic matter is highly altered. • The natural organic matter in bentonite clay is predominantly recalcitrant. - Abstract: The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is developing a Deep Geological Repository (DGR) to contain and isolate used nuclear fuel in a suitable rock formation at a depth of approximately 500 m. The design concept employs a multibarrier system, including the use of copper-coated used fuel containers, surrounded by a low-permeability, swelling clay buffer material within a low permeability, stable host rock environment. The natural organic matter (NOM) composition of the bentonite clays being considered for the buffer material is largely uncharacterized at the molecular-level. To gain a better understanding of the NOM in target clays from Wyoming and Saskatchewan, molecular-level methods (biomarker analysis, solid-state 13C NMR and solution-state 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)) were used to elucidate the structure and sources of NOM. Organic carbon content in three commercially available bentonites analyzed was low (0.11–0.41%). The aliphatic lipid distribution of the clay samples analyzed showed a predominance of higher concentration of lipids from vascular plants and low concentrations of lipids consistent with microbial origin. The lignin phenol vanillyl acid to aldehyde ratio (Ad/Al) for the National sample indicated an advanced state of lignin oxidation and NOM diagenesis. The 13C NMR spectra were dominated by signals in the aromatic and aliphatic regions. The ratio of alkyl/O-alkyl carbon ranged from 7.6 to 9.7, indicating that the NOM has undergone advanced diagenetic alteration. The absence lignin-derived phenols commonly observed in CuO oxidation

  8. Effect of pH, ionic strength and fulvic acid on the sorption and desorption of cobalt to bentonite

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    Humic substances and bentonite have attracted great interest in radioactive waste management. Here the sorption of cobalt on bentonite in the presence and absence of fulvic acid (FA) under ambient conditions was studied. The effects of pH, ionic strength, FA and solution concentrations on cobalt sorption to bentonite were also investigated using batch techniques. The results indicate that the sorption of cobalt is strongly dependent on pH and is independent of ionic strength under our experimental conditions. Surface complexation is considered the main mechanism of cobalt sorption to bentonite. In the presence of FA, little effect of FA on cobalt sorption was found at pH8. The addition sequences of FA/Co2+ to the bentonite suspension on the sorption of cobalt to FA-coated bentonite were also studied. The results indicated that the sorption is not influenced by the addition sequences. Some possible mechanisms are discussed

  9. The Optimization of Aniline Adsorption from Aqueous Solutions by Raw Bentonite and Bentonite Modified with Cationic Surfactants Using the Taguchi Model

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    Full Text Available Introduction & Objectives: Aniline is an organic compound widely used in various industries. The release of this compound has had various environmental impacts. Thus, the assessment of efficient and practical methods for the removal of aniline from wastewater of these industries is remarkable. Taguchi model is a model for the analysis of experiments, that predicts both the effects of each factors and the optimum level of them using a certain number of experiment. The purpose of this study was the optimization of aniline adsorption on the raw and modified bentonite with a cationic surfactant using Taguchi model. Materials & Methods: In this experimental study, the raw bentonite and modified bentonite was prepared in a few steps. Then, 4 main factors (i.e. pollutant concentration, contact time, pH, and adsorbent dosage on 4 levels were selected by Matrix L16 trials and the experiments were conducted in this matrix. The factors were also ranked based on the R-value. Then , the data were analyzed with Minitab 17 software. Finally, the adsorption of aniline on raw and modified bentonite was determined in optimal conditions. Results: The optimization of adsorption process using Taguchi model showed that the factors of importance for optimizing respectively were: contact time of 360 minutes, pH =10 pH, ani-line initial concentration of 300 mg/L and adsorbent dosages of 40 g/L. The maximum ad-sorption of aniline onto raw bentonite and modified bentonite with cationic surfactant in op-timal conditions were determined 81.86 and 8.75, respectively. The results revealed that Freundlich isotherm and pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided a better ?t to the ex-perimental data. Conclusion: The results showed that the bentonite modified with cationic surfactant is efficient in the removal of aniline. At the same time, since bentonite is cheap and easily accessible ,it is considered a desirable adsorbant. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2015; 22 (1:55-64

  10. Unexpected effect of drying method on the microstructure and electrocatalytic properties of bentonite/alpha-nickel hydroxide nanocomposite

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    Nunes, Cícero V.; Danczuk, Marins; Bortoti, Andressa A.; Gonçalves, Josué M.; Araki, Koiti; Anaissi, Fauze J.

    2015-11-01

    The degree of crystallinity, morphology and electrochemical properties of a nanocomposite formed by stabilized alpha-Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles and bentonite nanoflakes is strongly influenced by the vacuum drying process, either at room temperature or by freeze-drying (lyophilization). Alpha-Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles induced the formation of intercalation nanocomposites exhibiting higher structural organization than in the precursor clay. Also, lyophilization process preserved the structure of the nanocomposites in aqueous suspension and/or induced the disaggregation of nanoflakes, producing materials with lower degree of crystallinity, larger interlamellar distances and electrochemically more active than those obtained by conventional vacuum drying. In fact, the lyophilized materials exhibited more than twice as large density of current for electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol (37 against 14 mA cm-2) indicating its potentiality for development of sensors and fuel cells.

  11. 29Si solid state NMR investigation of pozzolanic reaction occurring in lime-treated Ca-bentonite

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    Lime is widely used as additive to improve the mechanical properties of natural soil used in earthworks. However, the physico-chemical mechanisms involved are yet not well understood. In order to develop and optimize this treatment method, a better understanding of the interaction between lime and the minerals of the soils, in particular clay minerals, is required. In this study, Ca-bentonite was treated with 2, 5 and 10 wt.% of lime during 1 to 98 days. Modifications in the Si local environment were then monitored by solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to investigate the pozzolanic reaction. All the soil mineral phases contribute to the release of Si and to the pozzolanic reaction, with a rapid and total consumption of Si-polymorph and an exacerbated dissolution of montmorillonite. Mechanism of C–S–H formation, function of the Ca content in the system, was found to match the sorosilicate-tobermorite model described in cement systems.

  12. Quantum Analog Computing

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    1998-01-01

    Quantum analog computing is based upon similarity between mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics and phenomena to be computed. It exploits a dynamical convergence of several competing phenomena to an attractor which can represent an externum of a function, an image, a solution to a system of ODE, or a stochastic process.

  13. Towards analogy in toponyms

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    Cluj : Mega, 2013 - (Felecan, O.), s. 379-383 ISBN 978-606-543-343-4. [Name and Naming /2./ Onomastics in Contemporary Public Space. Baia Mare (RO), 09.05.2013-11.05.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP406/12/P600 Institutional support: RVO:68378092 Keywords : onomastics * toponyms * analogy Subject RIV: AI - Linguistics

  14. Experimental study on self-healing of bentonite/sand mixtures and its impact on hydraulic permeability

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    The effects of gas permeation on the hydraulic permeability of bentonite/sand mixtures were studied experimentally by conducting permeability tests with various fluids and by microscopic observations. In these tests, hydraulic permeabilities were measured before and after helium gas was applied to permeate the mixtures. Although gas formed preferential migration paths through the mixtures, the imperviousness of the bentonite/sand mixtures to the tested fluids never deteriorated because the paths became filled by swelling bentonite on re-saturation

  15. A meta-analysis of water quality and aquatic macrophyte responses in 18 lakes treated with lanthanum modified bentonite (PHOSLOCK®)

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    Spears, Bryan M.; Mackay, Eleanor B.; Yasseri, Said; Gunn, Iain D.M.; Waters, Kate E.; Andrews, Christopher; Cole, Stephanie; de Ville, Mitzi; Kelly, Andrea; Meis, Sebastian; Moore, Alanna L.; Nurnberg, Gertrud K.; van Oosterhout, Frank; Pitt, Jo-Anne; Madgwick, Genevieve

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    Lanthanum (La) modified bentonite is being increasingly used as a geo-engineering tool for the control of phosphorus (P) release from lake bed sediments to overlying waters. However, little is known about its effectiveness in controlling P across a wide range of lake conditions or of its potential to promote rapid ecological recovery. We combined data from 18 treated lakes to examine the lake population responses in the 24 months following La-bentonite application (range of La-bentonite loads...

  16. 3D Sedimentological and geophysical studies of clastic reservoir analogs: Facies architecture, reservoir properties, and flow behavior within delta front facies elements of the Cretaceous Wall Creek Member, Frontier Formation, Wyoming

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    Christopher D. White

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    Significant volumes of oil and gas occur in reservoirs formed by ancient river deltas. This has implications for the spatial distribution of rock types and the variation of transport properties. A between mudstones and sandstones may form baffles that influence productivity and recovery efficiency. Diagenetic processes such as compaction, dissolution, and cementation can also alter flow properties. A better understanding of these properties and improved methods will allow improved reservoir development planning and increased recovery of oil and gas from deltaic reservoirs. Surface exposures of ancient deltaic rocks provide a high-resolution view of variability. Insights gleaned from these exposures can be used to model analogous reservoirs, for which data is sparser. The Frontier Formation in central Wyoming provides an opportunity for high-resolution models. The same rocks exposed in the Tisdale anticline are productive in nearby oil fields. Kilometers of exposure are accessible, and bedding-plane exposures allow use of high-resolution ground-penetrating radar. This study combined geologic interpretations, maps, vertical sections, core data, and ground-penetrating radar to construct geostatistical and flow models. Strata-conforming grids were use to reproduce the observed geometries. A new Bayesian method integrates outcrop, core, and radar amplitude and phase data. The proposed method propagates measurement uncertainty and yields an ensemble of plausible models for calcite concretions. These concretions affect flow significantly. Models which integrate more have different flow responses from simpler models, as demonstrated an exhaustive two-dimensional reference image and in three dimensions. This method is simple to implement within widely available geostatistics packages. Significant volumes of oil and gas occur in reservoirs that are inferred to have been formed by ancient river deltas. This geologic setting has implications for the spatial distribution of

  17. Evaluation of long-term interaction between cement and bentonite for geological disposal (2) XAFS analysis of calcium silicate hydrate precipitates at cementitious and bentonite material interface

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Numerical analyses of the long-term alteration of the engineered barriers used for the disposal of TRU waste predicted precipitation of C-S-H minerals at the interface between the cementitious materials and the bentonite-based buffer. When the C-S-H precipitates at this interface, the diffusion coefficient in the engineered barriers will decrease, resulting in reduced mass transport, which feeds back to reduce the rate of subsequent alteration. The C-S-H predicted to form at the cement-bentonite interface could not be identified directly using conventional analytical tools, including XRD, due to its low crystallinity. The authors propose that XAFS analysis, which provides spectra sensitive to the valency and coordination of the element of interest regardless of its crystallinity, would be capable of characterizing the C-S-H. The presence of the C-S-H precipitated as a secondary mineral has already been confirmed by applying chemical and XAFS analyses to bentonite specimens collected from the compacted bentonite-cement interface. However, because of the limitations on the width of specimens that can be collected by cutting from block samples, i.e. approximately 1 mm, detailed concentration profiles could not be obtained for this secondary C-S-H. In this study, XAFS spectra of thin specimens were measured using an X-ray detector in order to obtain detailed concentration profiles for the C-S-H formed at the interface between the cementitious material and the bentonite-based buffer. The X-ray detector used in the XAFS analysis consists of 1024 photodiodes arranged in line with a 0.025 mm pitch (photodiode array; PDA). Ca-K-edge XAFS measurements were conducted at the Photon Factory of the KEK. The synchrotron was operated in top-up mode with 450 mA during the measurements. Specimens were taken from a contact sample of compacted bentonite (Kunigel V1; dry density of 1.6 g/cm3) and hardened OPC (w/c = 0.6) immersed in

  18. Evaluation of Chlorophyll Fluorescence and Biochemical Traits of Lettuce under Drought Stress and Super Absorbent or Bentonite Application

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    Akram Valizadeh Ghale Beig

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The effects of two superabsorbents (natural-bentonite and (synthetic-A 200 on the chlorophyll fluorescence index, proline accumulation, phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity and total carbohydrate in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. was evaluated. For this purpose, a factorial experiment using completely randomized design with superabsorbents at 3 levels (0, 0.15, 0.30 w/w%, drought stress at 2 levels (60 and 100% of field capacity and 4 replicates was conducted. Results showed that photosystem photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm II under drought stress (60% FC as well as lower levels of bentonite superabsorbent polymer reduced. The minimum and maximum proline content were obtained in 0.3% bentonite, 100% FC and 0 benetonite, 60% FC, respectively. The lowest and highest phenolic compounds was corresponded to the highest levels in both super absorbents and control respectively, so that the super absorbent and bentonite, reduced phenolic compounds by 62.65 and 66.21% compared to control. 0 and 0.15 wt % bentonite in high drought stress (60% FC showed the highest and 0.3 wt % bentonite and 100% FC attained the lowest level of antioxidant activity. Control bentonite treatment beds at 60% FC and beds containing 0.3 wt. % bentonite in 100% FC, showed the lowest and the highest total carbohydrate content respectively. Results of this study indicate that bentonite can reduce the negative effects of drought stress similar to artificial super absorbent.

  19. The adsorption characteristics and porous structure of bentonite adsorbents as determined from the adsorption isotherms of benzene vapor

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    LEPA STOJANOVSKA

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of benzene vapor on natural and acid activated bentonites was treated by the theory of volume filling of micropores. The micropore volume and characteristic values of the free energy of adsorption were determined from the adsorption isotherms. The Dubinin–Radushkevish–Stoeckli and Dubinin–Astakhov equations were used for this purpose. The results showed that natural bentonite has a more homogeneous micropore structure than the acid activated ones. The characteristic values of the free energy of adsorption for the natural bentonite were higher than those of the acid activated bentonite. This is due to differences in its structure and the pore size.

  20. Silurian bentonites in Lithuania: correlations based on sanidine phenocryst composition and graptolite biozonation – interpretation of volcanic source regions

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    Full Text Available Integrated correlation of bentonites (altered volcanic ashes and graptolite biozonation is presented. Detailed study of two Lithuanian drill core sections extended previous knowledge of the occurrence and composition of bentonites to the south. Identification of graptolite species allowed bentonites to be assigned their proper stratigraphical position. Silurian bentonites in Lithuania are mostly characterized by wide and very wide XRD 201 reflections of the main component of sanidine phenocrysts. Only fourteen of the 69 samples studied contained sanidine with a sharp reflection, which gave the best correlation potential. In the Lithuanian sections one bentonite was found in the Rhuddanian, five bentonites were recognized in the Aeronian, 17 bentonites in the Telychian, 26 in the Sheinwoodian, 10 in the Homerian and six in the Ludlow. All bentonites found in Lithuania are characterized by the main component of sanidine. A large number of Lithuanian bentonites are not known in Latvia and Estonia, indicating that volcanic ashes reached the East Baltic area from two source regions – the Central European and Norwegian Caledonides.

  1. Studies on dynamic compaction and hydraulic properties of Bentonite-based materials for geological disposal of radioactive wastes

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    As the safe disposal method of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants, there is the 'geological disposal' that buries the waste in the stable soil. For cushioning materials to be used for geological disposal, performances such as low permeability. self-sealing ability, and nuclide sorption ability are required, and bentonite has been picked up as a candidate for its main base material. This paper takes up granular bentonite and bentonite - silica sand mixed material as the bentonite-based materials used as cushioning materials for site application, and explains their dynamic compaction test and easy-to-use evaluation method. As for the granular bentonite, it was found that its compaction properties can be predicted from the plastic limit of pulverized sample of the original ore as a raw material for granular bentonite. As for bentonite - silica sand mixed material, the relationship between maximum dry density, optimum moisture content, and plastic limit showed a very good match between the measured results and calculated results. The permeability coefficient of granular bentonite can be predicted from the wet volume strain of montmorillonite, or the partial density of montmorillonite. As for the bentonite - silica sand mixed material, the permeability of Fe(III) type montmorillonite became significantly larger. (A.O.)

  2. Modified swelling pressure apparatus using vapor pressure technique for compacted bentonite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. bentonite. The compacted bentonite is found in unsaturated conditions before applying of swelling due to absorption. The behaviour of compacted bentonite is not consistent with the principle and concepts of classical, saturated soil mechanics. An unsaturated soil theoretical framework using soil water characteristic curve has been fairly established over the past several decades. The soil-water characteristic curve is a relationship between soil moisture and soil suction obtained by the axis translation technique, vapor pressure technique or osmotic suction control which is a key feature in unsaturated soil mechanics. The soil-water characteristic curve can be used for prediction of the shear strength, volume change and hydraulic conductivity. Cui et al. 2002 indicated soil-water characteristic curve of expansive clay soil in high soil suction ranges using osmotic suction technique. Tripathy et al. 2010 described the soil-water characteristic curve both using the axis translation technique and vapor pressure technique in the entire soil suction ranges. Nishimura and Koseki 2011 measured suction of bentonite applied high soil suction due vapor pressure using a chilled mirror dew point potentiometer (WP4-T of DECAGON Device). The bentonite with gravimetric water content of 18 % indicated soil suction of 2.8 MPa at least. It is predicted that suction efforts to swelling pressure and shear strength of unsaturated compacted bentonite. This study focuses on the influence of suction on both swelling pressure and shear strength of compacted bentonite. The soil-water characteristic curve (SWCC) tests were conducted for compacted bentonite using both axis-translation technique and vapor pressure technique. The SWCC had a range from 0 kPa to 296 MPa in suction. The compacted bentonite having two different soil suctions were prepared for swelling pressure tests. Newly swelling pressure testing apparatus was developed in order

  3. 23rd workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design

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    Baschirotto, Andrea; Makinwa, Kofi

    2015-01-01

    This book is based on the 18 tutorials presented during the 23rd workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design.  Expert designers present readers with information about a variety of topics at the frontier of analog circuit design, serving as a valuable reference to the state-of-the-art, for anyone involved in analog circuit research and development.    • Includes coverage of high-performance analog-to-digital and digital to analog converters, integrated circuit design in scaled technologies, and time-domain signal processing; • Provides a state-of-the-art reference in analog circuit design, written by experts from industry and academia; • Presents material in a tutorial-based format.

  4. Modelling bentonite pore waters for the Swiss high-level radioactive waste repository

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    The main objective of this investigation is to contribute to definition of representative compositions of bentonite pore waters in the near-field of the Swiss repository for high-level radioactive waste. Such compositions are necessary for determining the solubility limits of radionuclides for the safety analysis KRISTALLIN I. The model developed here is based on the premise, supported by experimental data, that the composition of bentonite pore waters is largely controlled by the dissolution or precipitation of reactive trace solids in bentonite. Selectivity constants for the exchange equilibria among Na-K, Na-Ca, and Ca-Mg were derived from water-bentonite interaction experiments performed for NAGRA by the British Geological Survey (BGS). An important parameter for the prediction of radionuclide solubilities is the oxidation potential of the bentonite water. Since the BGS experiments yielded no information on this, the oxidation potential had to be estimated from model assumptions. Bentonite pore waters were defined by computer simulation with the geochemical code MINEQL. They have been modelled in a closed system, i.e. assuming the bentonite, once it has reacted with a fixed volume of groundwater, does not exchange further chemical species with an external reservoir. No attempt was made to model the evolution of the pore water by simulating diffusive exchange processes. It can be anticipated that uncertainties in the concentrations of some major elements (e.g. Al, Si) will not significantly affect the calculated radionuclide solubilities. The latter will depend primarily on the concentrations of a few major ligands (OH-, Cl- and CO3-2) and, for multivalent elements, also on the oxidation potential of the solution. (author) 10 figs., 22 tabs., 40 refs

  5. Adsorption properties and porous structure of sulfuric acid treated bentonites determined - SHORT COMMUNICATION

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    SNEZANA BREZOVSKA

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available In a previous paper adsorption isotherms of benzene vapor on natural bentonite from Ginovci, Macedonia, and forms acid activated with 10 % and 15 % solutions of hydrochloric were interpreted by means of the Dubinin–Radushkevich–Stoeckli and Dubinin–Astakhov equations; the investigation has been continued with bentonites acid activated with 10 % and 15 % solutions of sulfuric acid where X-ray analysis indicates smaller structural changes. Using the above equations, the heterogeneity of the micropores and the energetic heterogeneity of the bentonites were determined from the differential distribution of the micropore volume with respect to the structural parameter of the equations characterizing the microporous structure and to the molar free energy of adsorption. Activated bentonites obtain bigger pores but also a certain quantity of new small pores appear during acid activation with the higher concentration of acid. The micropore volumes, determined from the adsorption of benzene vapor, of bentonites activated with 10 % and 15 % solution of hydrochloric acid (144.60 cm3 kg-1 and 110.06 cm3 kg-1, respectively, decrease in comparison with that of natural bentonite (162.55 cm3 kgv.1 In contrast, the values of the micropore volume for bentonities treated with 10 % and 15 % solutions of sulfuric acids increase (169.19 cm3 kg-1 and 227.74 cm3 kg-1. That is due to the difference in the structural changes occurring during activation with hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. The values of the free energy of adsorption of benzene vapor for natural bentonite are higher than those of the acid acitivated bentonities, what is in accordance with the structural and porosity changes.

  6. Engineered barrier experiments and analytical studies on coupled thermal - hydraulic - chemical processes in bentonite buffer material

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    It is anticipated that thermal - hydraulic - mechanical - chemical (THMC) processes will be coupled in the bentonite buffer material of a high-level radioactive waste repository. The main contributors to these processes are heat arising from the radioactive decay of the vitrified waste, infiltration of groundwater from the host rock and/or leachate from the cementitious component of the repository, and the consequent increase in swelling pressure and chemical reactions. In order to evaluate these coupled processes in the bentonite buffer material, it is necessary to take steps towards the development of a credible and robust THMC model. The current paper describes the measured data of an engineering-scale coupled THC process experiment and the calculated results of a THC model undergoing development. The coupled experiment used an electric heater, bentonite blocks and a mortar block, subjected to infiltrating water to simulate a high-alkaline porewater derived from the concrete tunnel support seeping into the bentonite buffer material under a thermal gradient provided by the vitrified waste. Temperature and water content of the bentonite buffer material were measured by several sensors continuously for several months. After this time, the buffer material was sampled. The results of mineral analysis of the samples suggested that the precipitate of amorphous hydrate with silica was found in the buffer material in contact with the mortar. The developing THC model simulated C-S-H gel precipitation as a secondary mineral in the exact same locality because of the solution being saturated with respect to portlandite and chalcedony, thereby providing some confidence in the chemical feature of the developing THC model. Some important issues in the future development of the model were also identified, including the concentration of porewater being influenced by vapor movement in the bentonite buffer material due to heating from the vitrified waste and geochemical reactions

  7. Sorption of Uranium(VI and Thorium(IV by Jordanian Bentonite

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    Full Text Available Purification of raw bentonite was done to remove quartz. This includes mixing the raw bentonite with water and then centrifuge it at 750 rpm; this process is repeated until white purified bentonite is obtained. XRD, XRF, FTIR, and SEM techniques will be used for the characterization of purified bentonite. The sorption behavior of purified Jordanian bentonite towards and Th4+ metal ions in aqueous solutions was studied by batch experiment as a function of pH, contact time, temperature, and column techniques at 25.0∘C and . The highest rate of metal ions uptake was observed after 18 h of shaking, and the uptake has increased with increasing pH and reached a maximum at . Bentonite has shown high metal ion uptake capacity toward uranium(VI than thorium(IV. Sorption data were evaluated according to the pseudo- second-order reaction kinetic. Sorption isotherms were studied at temperatures 25.0∘C, 35.0∘C, and 45.0∘C. The Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R sorption models equations were applied and the proper constants were derived. It was found that the sorption process is enthalpy driven for uranium(VI and thorium(IV. Recovery of uranium(VI and thorium(IV ions after sorption was carried out by treatment of the loaded bentonite with different concentrations of HNO3 1.0 M, 0.5 M, 0.1 M, and 0.01 M. The best percent recovery for uranium(VI and thorium(IV was obtained when 1.0 M HNO3 was used.

  8. Decontamination of cesium, strontium, and cobalt from aqueous solutions by bentonite

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    Khan, M.A. [Univ. of the Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan); Khan, S.A. [Government F.C. College, Lahore (Pakistan)

    1996-12-31

    Sorption studies of cesium, strontium, and cobalt (Cs, Sr, and Co) on bentonite under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, pH, sorbent and sorbate concentration, and temperature, have been performed. The sorption data for all these metals have been interpreted in terms of Freundlich, Langmuir, and Dubinin-Radushkevich equations. Thermodynamics parameters, such as heat of sorption {Delta}H{degrees}, free energy change {Delta}G{degrees}, and entropy change {Delta}S{degrees}, for the sorption of these metals on bentonite have been calculated. The value of {Delta}H{degrees} shows that the sorption of Cs was exothermic, while the sorption of Sr and Co on bentonite were endothermic in nature. The value of {Delta}G{degrees} for their sorption was negative, showing the spontaneity of the process. The maximum loading capacity of Cs, Sr, and Co were 75.5, 22, and 27.5 meq, respectively, for 100 g of bentonite. The mean free energy E of Cs, Sr, and Co sorption on bentonite was 14.5, 9, and 7.7 kJ/mol, respectively. The value of E indicates that ion exchange may be the predominant mode of sorption for these radionuclides. The desorption studies with 0.01 M CaCl{sub 2} and groundwater at low-metal loading on bentonite showed that about 95% of Cs, 85-90% of Sr, and 97% of Co were irreversibly sorbed. Bentonite could be effectively used for the decontamination of wastewater effluent containing low concentrations of radioactive nuclides of Cs, Sr, and Co. 16 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Force interactions between magnetite, silica, and bentonite studied with atomic force microscopy

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    Dobryden, I.; Potapova, E.; Holmgren, A.; Weber, H.; Hedlund, J.; Almqvist, N.

    2015-04-01

    Iron ore pellets consist of variety of mineral particles and are an important refined product used in steel manufacturing. Production of high-quality pellets requires good understanding of interactions between different constituents, such as magnetite, gangue residues, bentonite, and additives. Much research has been reported on magnetite, silica, and bentonite surface properties and their effect on pellet strength but more scant with a focus on a fundamental particle-particle interaction. To probe such particle interaction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) using colloidal probe technique has proven to be a suitable tool. In this work, the measurements were performed between magnetite-magnetite, bentonite-magnetite, silica-bentonite, and silica-magnetite particles in 1 mM CaCl2 solution at various pH values. The interaction character, i.e., repulsion or attraction, was determined by measuring and analyzing AFM force curves. The observed quantitative changes in interaction forces were in good agreement with the measured zeta-potentials for the particles at the same experimental conditions. Particle aggregation was studied by measuring the adhesion force. Absolute values of adhesion forces for different systems could not be compared due to the difference in particle size and contact geometry. Therefore, the relative change of adhesion force between pH 6 and 10 was used for comparison. The adhesion force decreased for the magnetite-magnetite and bentonite-silica systems and slightly increased for the magnetite-bentonite system at pH 10 as compared to pH 6, whereas a pronounced decrease in adhesion force was observed in the magnetite-silica system. Thus, the presence of silica particles on the magnetite surface could have a negative impact on the interaction between magnetite and bentonite in balling due to the reduction of the adhesion force.

  10. Effect of Different Levels of Kaolin, Bentonite and Zeolite on Broilers Performance

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    M. Safaei Katouli

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted to study the effects of different levels of kaolin, bentonite and zeolite on broiler performance in 6 weeks. Four hundred and forty eight day-old broilers of male Ross 308 strain were allocated to 7 treatments with four replications and 16 broilers in each. The experiment was carried out in a completely randomized design. Treatments were control and 1.5, 3% of kaolin, bentonite and zeolite. Treatments with 3% zeolite and bentonite was significantly (p<0.05 increased weight gain during the 1st and 6th weeks, 1.5% kaolin and zeolite, significantly (p<0.05 increased weight gain in 5th and 6th weeks compared to the control, respectively. Treatments 1.5% bentonite in 4th and 5th weeks and 1.5% zeolite and 3% bentonite in 5th week was significantly (p<0.05 increased feed intake compared to the control. Feed conversion ratio in diets with 3% kaolin in the 1st and 2nd weeks and 3% zeolite in the 1st week was significantly (p<0.05 improved compared to the control. There was no significant (p>0.05 differences in internal organs and fecal pH between trial groups and control. Fecal moisture in treatments with 1.5% kaolin, 3% bentonite and zeolite was significantly (p<0.05 different from control. Growth rate in treats containing 3% kaolin at 0-3 week and 1.5% zeolite, 1.5% kaolin and 3% kaolin, bentonite and zeolite at 0-6 week was more than control (p<0.05. The results demonstrated that adding silicate minerals in diet, improve performance of broiler chickens.

  11. Terrestrial Spaceflight Analogs: Antarctica

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    Crucian, Brian

    2013-01-01

    Alterations in immune cell distribution and function, circadian misalignment, stress and latent viral reactivation appear to persist during Antarctic winterover at Concordia Station. Some of these changes are similar to those observed in Astronauts, either during or immediately following spaceflight. Others are unique to the Concordia analog. Based on some initial immune data and environmental conditions, Concordia winterover may be an appropriate analog for some flight-associated immune system changes and mission stress effects. An ongoing smaller control study at Neumayer III will address the influence of the hypoxic variable. Changes were observed in the peripheral blood leukocyte distribution consistent with immune mobilization, and similar to those observed during spaceflight. Alterations in cytokine production profiles were observed during winterover that are distinct from those observed during spaceflight, but potentially consistent with those observed during persistent hypobaric hypoxia. The reactivation of latent herpesviruses was observed during overwinter/isolation, that is consistently associated with dysregulation in immune function.

  12. USW area analogs

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    Everett, Keith R.

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this project is to investigate the feasibility of and methodology for the development of a set of environmental analogs of operational Undersea Warfare (USW) areas within fleet training areas. It is primarily a discussion of the identification of parameters that characterize the tactical USW environment, prioritization of these parameters, identification of existing databases that contain these parameters and an outline of the processes required to extract the desired data fro...

  13. Analogy, Explanation, and Proof

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available People are habitual explanation generators. At its most mundane, our propensity to explain allows us to infer that we should not drink milk that smells sour; at the other extreme, it allows us to establish facts (e.g., theorems in mathematical logic whose truth was not even known prior to the existence of the explanation (proof. What do the cognitive operations underlying the (inductive inference that the milk is sour have in common with the (deductive proof that, say, the square root of two is irrational? Our ability to generate explanations bears striking similarities to our ability to make analogies. Both reflect a capacity to generate inferences and generalizations that go beyond the featural similarities between a novel problem and familiar problems in terms of which the novel problem may be understood. However, a notable difference between analogy-making and explanation-generation is that the former is a process in which a single source situation is used to reason about a single target, whereas the latter often requires the reasoner to integrate multiple sources of knowledge. This small-seeming difference poses a challenge to the task of marshaling our understanding of analogical reasoning in the service of understanding explanation. We describe a model of explanation, derived from a model of analogy, adapted to permit systematic violations of this one-to-one mapping constraint. Simulation results demonstrate that the resulting model can generate explanations for novel explananda and that, like the explanations generated by human reasoners, these explanations vary in their coherence.

  14. ADSL Analog Front End

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    Stojković, Nino

    2006-01-01

    In this paper the Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) analog front end (AFE) designs are described and compared. AFE is the part of ADSL modems most responsible for quality signal transmission over phone wires. It can be divided into the transmitting path (TX) circuitry, the receiving path (RX) circuitry and the hybrid network and transformer. The operations and realizations of each functional block are presented. There are the D/A converter, the filter and the line driver in the TX pat...

  15. Analog Signal Processing

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    Caloz, Christophe; Gupta, Shulabh; Zhang, Qingfeng; Nikfal, Babak

    2013-01-01

    Analog signal processing (ASP) is presented as a systematic approach to address future challenges in high speed and high frequency microwave applications. The general concept of ASP is explained with the help of examples emphasizing basic ASP effects, such as time spreading and compression, chirping and frequency discrimination. Phasers, which represent the core of ASP systems, are explained to be elements exhibiting a frequency-dependent group delay response, and hence a nonlinear phase resp...

  16. A Transiting Jupiter Analog

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    Kipping, David M; Henze, Chris; Teachey, Alex; Isaacson, Howard T; Petigura, Erik A; Marcy, Geoffrey W; Buchhave, Lars A; Chen, Jingjing; Bryson, Steve T; Sandford, Emily

    2016-01-01

    Decadal-long radial velocity surveys have recently started to discover analogs to the most influential planet of our solar system, Jupiter. Detecting and characterizing these worlds is expected to shape our understanding of our uniqueness in the cosmos. Despite the great successes of recent transit surveys, Jupiter analogs represent a terra incognita, owing to the strong intrinsic bias of this method against long orbital periods. We here report on the first validated transiting Jupiter analog, Kepler-167e (KOI-490.02), discovered using Kepler archival photometry orbiting the K4-dwarf KIC-3239945. With a radius of $(0.91\\pm0.02)$ $R_{\\mathrm{Jup}}$, a low orbital eccentricity ($0.06_{-0.04}^{+0.10}$) and an equilibrium temperature of $(131\\pm3)$ K, Kepler-167e bears many of the basic hallmarks of Jupiter. Kepler-167e is accompanied by three Super-Earths on compact orbits, which we also validate, leaving a large cavity of transiting worlds around the habitable-zone. With two transits and continuous photometric ...

  17. Internal stratification of two thick Ordovician bentonites of Estonia: deciphering primary magmatic, sedimentary, environmental and diagenetic signatures

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    Sven Siir

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Twenty-six samples from two major altered volcanic ash beds, Kinnekulle and BII Bentonite of the Kuressaare core section (K-3, Saaremaa Island, were explored to record the geochemical and mineralogical heterogeneity of beds. Signs of ash transport fractionation, redeposition of volcanic ash and diagenetic redistribution of material are described and interpreted. In authigenic mineralogy of the Kinnekulle Bentonite illite–smectite dominates with addition of K-feldspar at the margins. The BII Bentonite is composed of chlorite–smectite and illite–smectite. The stability of phenocryst compositions, including that of sanidine and biotite, indicates that both bentonites originate from a single eruption. The observed rather stable pyroclastic sanidine compositions in the cross section of bentonites confirm the reliability of sanidine-based fingerprinting of altered volcanic ash beds. Trace element distribution in bentonites and host rocks indicates that Zr, Ga, Rb, Nb, Ti and Th stayed largely immobile during volcanic ash alteration and reflect primary ash composition. However, some redistribution of Nb and Ti as well as Y has probably occurred near the contacts of bentonite with the host rock. More scattered grain size distribution and immobile element patterns of the Kinnekulle Bentonite support the idea that the primary ash bed had a heterogeneous composition and it was one of the biggest bentonites of the Phanerozoic and most likely records an extended volcanic event. Significant geochemical variations, including a high S content, near the upper and lower contacts of the Kinnekulle Bentonite and elevated Ca and P in host rocks of both bentonites suggest that the studied large ash-falls caused notable perturbations in shallow marine and early post-sedimentary environment.

  18. Spiral structure in galaxies: analogies

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    Kirkpatrick, R.C.

    1976-01-01

    The vortex analogy to galactic spiral structures is considered. Caution against carrying the analogy past its region of applicability is noted; and some experiments with vorticities are mentioned. (JFP)

  19. The Age of Analog Networks

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    Mattiussi, Claudio; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL); Marbach, Daniel; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL); Dürr, Peter; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL); Floreano, Dario; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

    2008-01-01

    A large class of systems of biological and technological relevance can be described as analog networks, that is, collections of dynamical devices interconnected by links of varying strength. Some examples of analog networks are genetic regulatory networks, metabolic networks, neural networks, analog electronic circuits, and control systems. Analog networks are typically complex systems which include nonlinear feedback loops and possess temporal dynamics at different timescales. When tackled b...

  20. Review of the properties and uses of bentonite as a buffer and backfill material

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    Research carried out by SKB on the use and behaviour of bentonite as a buffer and backfill material in a radioactive waste repository has been reviewed. The following research areas have been evaluated: mechanical properties; hydraulic and other transport properties; geochemical properties; thermal properties and resaturation; gas migration; manufacturing and emplacement procedures. This review has shown that SKB has carried out much pioneering and world-leading research on bentonite, particularly with regard to analogue studies, microtextural work and practical manufacturing and emplacement procedures. However, there are a number of subject areas which appear less well addressed than others which require further attention: The extrapolation of experimental results of the mechanical properties of bentonite to repository timescales and repository conditions should be investigated further. There is a need for detailed microstructural analysis of materials as part of experimental programmes. This would enable SKB to build confidence in the interpretations of results and reveal whether the mechanical processes occurring during experimentation truly reflect expectations of the performance of the repository. The large amount of experimental, theoretical, empirical datasets and computer models of the mechanical properties of bentonite need to be collated to form a database which is assessable and relevant to those involved in performance assessment calculations. At present, the valuable results of many excellent research projects on mechanical properties of bentonite buffer are not readily available. There seems to be a relatively poor understanding of the mechanisms of radionuclide diffusion through compacted bentonite. Other international work suggests that diffusion coefficients are much lower than those applied by SKB in its PA work. The importance of surface diffusion to describe diffusion in bentonite for certain chemical species ascribed by SKB is not reflected in

  1. Review of the properties and uses of bentonite as a buffer and backfill material

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    Savage, D.; Lind, A. [QuantiSci Ltd., Melton Mowbray (United Kingdom); Arthur, R.C. [QuantiSci lnc., Denver, CO (United States)

    1999-05-01

    Research carried out by SKB on the use and behaviour of bentonite as a buffer and backfill material in a radioactive waste repository has been reviewed. The following research areas have been evaluated: mechanical properties; hydraulic and other transport properties; geochemical properties; thermal properties and resaturation; gas migration; manufacturing and emplacement procedures. This review has shown that SKB has carried out much pioneering and world-leading research on bentonite, particularly with regard to analogue studies, microtextural work and practical manufacturing and emplacement procedures. However, there are a number of subject areas which appear less well addressed than others which require further attention: The extrapolation of experimental results of the mechanical properties of bentonite to repository timescales and repository conditions should be investigated further. There is a need for detailed microstructural analysis of materials as part of experimental programmes. This would enable SKB to build confidence in the interpretations of results and reveal whether the mechanical processes occurring during experimentation truly reflect expectations of the performance of the repository. The large amount of experimental, theoretical, empirical datasets and computer models of the mechanical properties of bentonite need to be collated to form a database which is assessable and relevant to those involved in performance assessment calculations. At present, the valuable results of many excellent research projects on mechanical properties of bentonite buffer are not readily available. There seems to be a relatively poor understanding of the mechanisms of radionuclide diffusion through compacted bentonite. Other international work suggests that diffusion coefficients are much lower than those applied by SKB in its PA work. The importance of surface diffusion to describe diffusion in bentonite for certain chemical species ascribed by SKB is not reflected in

  2. Evaluation of impact strength of polyamide 6/bentonite clay nanocomposites

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    Paz, Rene Anisio; Araujo, Edcleide Maria; Tomas Jeferson Alves; Amanda Damiao; Medeiros, Vanessa da Nobrega [Federal University of Campina Grande (CCT/UFCG), Campina Grande, PB (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias e Tecnologia; Pessan, Luiz Antonio [Federal University of Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Materials Engineering Department

    2012-07-15

    Nanocomposites of polymer/clay have had much attention in recent years, particularly those developed with layered silicates due to the need of engineering materials more efficient than pure polymers for certain applications. The level of exfoliation of layered silicates in crystalline structure of polymer matrices has been studied and has been observed that it affects the crystalline behavior and the physical and mechanical properties. In this study, nanocomposites of polyamide 6 were obtained by the melt intercalation method, using a Brazilian bentonite modified with a quaternary ammonium salt. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) results showed the incorporation of salt among the layers of clay, making it organophilic and that the nanocomposites presented exfoliated and/or partially exfoliated structures and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By thermogravimetry (TG), the results indicated that the presence of clay increased the thermal stability of polyamide 6. The impact properties of the nanocomposites showed inferior values in relation to the pure polyamide, in other words, decrease the toughness. (author)

  3. Evaluation of impact strength of polyamide 6/bentonite clay nanocomposites

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    Rene Anisio Paz

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites of polymer/clay have had much attention in recent years, particularly those developed with layered silicates due to the need of engineering materials more efficient than pure polymers for certain applications. The level of exfoliation of layered silicates in crystalline structure of polymer matrices has been studied and has been observed that it affects the crystalline behavior and the physical and mechanical properties. In this study, nanocomposites of polyamide 6 were obtained by the melt intercalation method, using a Brazilian bentonite modified with a quaternary ammonium salt. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD results showed the incorporation of salt among the layers of clay, making it organophilic and that the nanocomposites presented exfoliated and/or partially exfoliated structures and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. By thermogravimetry (TG, the results indicated that the presence of clay increased the thermal stability of polyamide 6. The impact properties of the nanocomposites showed inferior values in relation to the pure polyamide, in other words, decrease the toughness.

  4. Experimental Study on Volume Change Indices of Bentonite Soils

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    2007-01-01

    This paper reports experimental results regarding statically compacted clay specimens to study the volume change behavior of bentonites. The volume change indices such as the coefficients of compressibility, volume compressibility, and consolidation ( i. e.av , mv and cv respectively) and the saturated coefficient of permeability k at different surcharge pressures were determined with the commonly adopted procedures. The swell potentials, swelling pressures, different phases of the swollen specimens were analyzed for the volume change behavior during compression. Experimental results revealed that the swell potential is dependent on the initial dry density, the initial water content and the vertical pressure at which the clay specimens were allowed to swell. The swelling pressure was found to be similar for the specimens with varying water content, showing strong dependency on the initial void ratio. The compression indices ( viz. mv and av) of saturated specimens decreased with an increase in the vertical pressure. About 80% to 90% of the volume change occurred in the primary compression phase under any given vertical pressure. The coefficient of consolidation cv and the saturated coefficient of permeability k decreased with an increase in the vertical pressure.

  5. Thermal detoxification and bloating of chromium(VI) with bentonite

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    This study stabilizes and bloats Cr(VI)-sorbed bentonite by heating at high temperature. Cr leaching decreases with increasing temperatures. Heating the sample at 1100 oC results in a non-detectable Cr concentration in the leachate, equivalent to a Cr leaching percent less than 0.001% (i.e., Cr TCLP concentration -1 of leachate). Morphology observed with a scanning electron microscopy indicates the occurrence of sintering of the sample heated at 1100 oC. The heated samples also show the occurrence of a vesicant process at 1100 oC. X-ray absorption spectroscopy results indicate that heating at 500 oC for 4 h can convert approximately 87% Cr(VI) into Cr(III) that is negligibly toxic; Cr2O3 was detected to be the most abundant Cr species. After heating at higher temperatures, namely 900-1100 oC, almost all doped Cr(VI) is reduced to Cr(III) as inferred from the height of the pre-edge peak of XANES spectra and/or from XANES simulation.

  6. Modelling the in situ performance of bentonite-sand buffer

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    In the Canadian nuclear fuel waste management concept, a number of engineered barriers, such as the bentonite-sand buffer which surrounds the waste container in the emplacement boreholes, are used to inhibit the transport of radionuclides. The buffer material is also required to effectively conduct heat from the fuel-waste containers to the surrounding rock. To a large extent, in situ buffer performance will depend on the degree of moisture within the buffer. The moisture content will in turn depend on temperature, temperature gradients, and buffer initial and moisture flux boundary conditions. Modelling of coupled heat and moisture transport in the buffer before resaturation is necessary to assess in situ buffer performance. This paper describes the results of a parametric study using the Philip and de Vries coupled heat and moisture transport model to assess the effects of variations in the moisture diffusivity parameters and the boundary conditions on buffer performance. The results show that the thermal performance of the buffer is affected by heat-induced moisture movement. In particular, the thermal vapor diffusivity, DTvap, has the most significant effect on thermal drying in a closed system. Work is currently underway to improve capability to model coupled heat and moisture transport in buffer. Laboratory experiments are in progress to more accurately define the moisture diffusivity parameters and the model is being modified to include the effects of boundary moisture fluxes and pressure potentials so that the resaturation process may be modelled

  7. Adsorption Properties of Bentonite with In Situ Immobilized Polyaniline Towards Anionic Forms of Cr(VI), Mo(VI), W(VI), V(V)

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    Kateryna RYABCHENKO; Elina YANOVSKA; Mariya MELNYK; Dariusz STERNIK; Olga KYCHKIRUK; Valentun TERTYKH

    2016-01-01

    A new composite material bentonite-PANI was synthesized by in situ immobilization of polyaniline (PANI) on the surface of natural mineral bentonite. It was established as a result of the modification of bentonite a surface area and an interlayer distance of mineral decrease and particles of bentonite transformed of irregular shape with different porosity on irregularly shaped particles of smaller size. It has been found that the total Cr(VI) ions extraction took place under the acid condition...

  8. Adsorption behavior of a textile dye of Reactive Blue 19 from aqueous solutions onto modified bentonite

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    The aim of this study is to evaluate adsorption kinetics, isotherms and thermodynamic parameters of Reactive Blue 19 (RB19) onto modified bentonite from aqueous solutions. The effects of pH, contact time, initial dye concentration and temperature were investigated in the experimentally. Natural bentonite was modified by using 1,6-diamino hexane (DAH) as a modifying agent. The characterization of modified bentonite (DAH-bentonite) was accomplished by using FTIR, TGA, BET and elemental analysis techniques. The optimum pH value for the adsorption experiments was found to be 1.5 and all the experiments were carried out at this pH value. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model agrees very well with the experimental results. Equilibrium data were also fitted well to the Langmuir isotherm model in the studied concentration range of RB19 at 20 deg. C. The results indicate that DAH-modified bentonite is a suitable adsorbent for the adsorption of textile dyes.

  9. Effect of bentonite on muscle radioactivity in pigs and sheep contaminated repeatedly with radiocesium

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    Twelve pigs and twelve sheep were contaminated daily with Cs-137 for 21 days. The animal feed was fortified with a 10% supplement of bentonite. Control and bentonite-fed animals were slaughtered 7, 14 and 21 days after contamination and 7 and 14 days after contamination ceased. Samples (1 g) collected from 6 various parts of muscles (joint, jam, sirloin, chuck, heart and tongue) were measured radiometrically. Pigs fed bentonite showed muscle Cs-137 levels reduced by 70.3, 70.9 and 71.6% after 7, 14 and 21 days, respectively, as compared to those in the controls. Sheep fed bentonite showed Cs-137 radioactivity decreased by 83.7, 88.9% after 7 and 14 days, respectively. When the contamination ceased the Cs-137 levels were reduced by about 80.4% and 83.7% after 7 and 14 days, respectively, compared to those in the controls. The marked reduction of radiocesium from pig and sheep tissues emphasized, from an economic point of view, the importance of bentonite use. (author)

  10. FACTORS AFFECTING THE HYDRAULIC BARRIER PERFORMANCE OF SOIL-BENTONITE MIXTURE CUT-OFF WALL

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    Takai, Atsushi; Inui, Toru; Katsumi, Takeshi; Kamon, Masashi; Araki, Susumu

    Containment technique using cut-off walls is a valid method against contaminants in subsurface soil and/or groundwater. This paper states laboratory testing results on hydraulic barrier performance of Soil-Bentonite (SB), which is made by mixing bentonite with in-situ soil. Since the bentonite swelling is sensitive to chemicals, chemical compatibility is important for the hydraulic barrier performance of SB. Hydraulic conductivity tests using flexible-wall permeameter were conducted on SB specimens with various types and concentrations of chemicals in the pore water and/or in the permeant and with various bentonite powder contents. As a result, hydraulic barrier performance of SB was influenced by the chemical concentration in the pore water of original soil and bentonite powder content. In the case that SB specimens have damage parallel to the permeating direction, no significant leakage in the SB occurs by the self-sealing property of SB. In addition, the hydraulic conductivity values of SB have excellent correlation with their plastic indexes and swelling pr essures, thus these properties of SB have some possibility to be indicators for estimation of the hydraulic barrier performance of SB.

  11. Photodegradation of Methylene Blue by TiO2-Fe3O4-Bentonite Magnetic Nanocomposite

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    Wei Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe3O4-bentonite nanoparticles have been prepared by a coprecipitation technique under a nitrogen atmosphere. An aqueous suspension of bentonite was first modified with FeCl2 and FeCl3. TiO2 was then loaded onto the surface of the Fe3O4-bentonite by a sol-gel method. After sufficient drying, the colloidal solution was placed in a muffle furnace at 773 K to obtain the TiO2-Fe3O4-bentonite composite. The material has been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM. Morphological observation showed that Fe3O4 and TiO2 nanoparticles had been adsorbed on the surface of bentonite nanoneedles. The material was then applied for the photodegradation of the azo dye methylene blue (MB. It was found that the removal efficiency of MB exceeded 90% under UV illumination, and that only a 20% mass loss was incurred after six cycles. The composite material thus showed good photocatalytic performance and recycling properties.

  12. Modeling cation diffusion in compacted water-saturated Na-bentonite at low ionic strength

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    Sodium bentonites are used as barrier materials for the isolation of landfills and are under consideration for a similar use in the subsurface storage of high-level radioactive waste. The performance of these barriers is determined in large part by molecular diffusion in the bentonite pore space. We tested two current models of cation diffusion in bentonite against experimental data on the relative apparent diffusion coefficients of two representative cations, sodium and strontium. On the 'macropore/nanopore' model, solute molecules are divided into two categories, with unequal pore-scale diffusion coefficients, based on location: in macropores or in interlayer nanopores. On the 'surface diffusion' model, solute molecules are divided into categories based on chemical speciation: dissolved or adsorbed. The macropore/nanopore model agrees with all experimental data at partial montmorillonite dry densities ranging from 0.2 (a dilute bentonite gel) to 1.7 kg dm-3 (a highly compacted bentonite with most of its pore space located in interlayer nanopores), whereas the surface diffusion model fails at partial montmorillonite dry densities greater than about 1.2 kg dm-3

  13. Microbial incidence on copper and titanium embedded in compacted bentonite clay

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    Persson, Joergen; Lydmark, Sara; Edlund, Johanna; Paeaejaervi, Anna; Pedersen, Karsten (Microbial Analytics Sweden AB (Sweden))

    2011-10-15

    The incidence of bacteria on metal surfaces was examined in an experimental setting simulating conditions of the proposed Swedish concept for disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Titanium and copper rods were embedded in compacted bentonite clay saturated with groundwater collected at a depth of 450 m. Bentonite blocks were exposed to an external flux of groundwater with or without added lactate or H{sub 2} for up to 203 days. Bacterial accumulation on metal rods and in the surrounding bentonite was analyzed using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR), with genetic markers for overall bacterial presence (16S rDNA) as well as specific for sulfate-reducing bacteria (apsA). Clay species composition was analyzed by cloning and sequencing 16S rDNA extracted from the clay. Results suggest limited bacterial accumulation on metal surfaces, amounting to a maximum of approximately 106 apsA copies cm-2, corresponding to a 3.7% coverage of metal surfaces. Bacterial species composition appeared to be a mix of species originating from the bentonite clay and from the added groundwater, including an apparently high proportion of sulfate-reducing bacteria. While titanium surfaces exhibited higher bacterial presence than did copper surfaces, neither the degree of bentonite compaction nor the addition of lactate or H{sub 2} appeared to have any effect on the bacterial incidence on metal surfaces

  14. THE IMPACT OF LABORATORY AIR TEMPERATURE AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY ON BENTONITE WATER ABSORPTION CAPACITY

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    Helena Strgar

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite, which is a mineral component of geosynthetic clay liners, has important physical and chemical properties that ensure very small hydraulic permeability. The main component of bentonite is a clay mineral called sodium montmorillonite whose very low permeability is due to its ability to swell. The deposits of bentonite are spread all over the world, however, only a very small number of those deposits satisfies all the quality and durability demands that must be met if the bentonite is to be used in the sealing barriers. Depending on the location of installation and their purpose, geosynthetic clay liners must meet certain requirements. Their compatibility with the prescribed criterion is confirmed through various laboratory procedures. Amongst them are tests examining the index indicators (free swell index, fluid loss index, and water absorption capacity. This paper presents results regarding the impact of laboratory air temperature and relative humidity of the testing area on the water absorption capacity. This is one of the criteria that bentonite must satisfy during the quality and durability control of the mineral component of geosynthetic clay liner (the paper is published in Croatian.

  15. Heat and Radiation Effects on Iodide Sorption by Surfactant Modified Bentonite (SMB)

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    Radioactive waste repository is designed using multiple barriers to prevent the release of radionuclides to environments. Bentonite has been used as engineering barrier in many countries. Although the bentonite is an effective sorbent for cationic radionuclides, it is not good for anions such as 129-I and 99-Tc because of negative surface charges over the pH. Radioactive iodine exists usually as anions such as iodate (IO3-) and iodide (I-) as stable iodine species in groundwater environments. Therefore, the iodine is one of the most difficult elements for its transport through engineering barrier (i. e., bentonite) to be controlled by sorption processes in the geological repository. We modified the bentonite using a cationic surfactant to enhance iodine sorption capability. The goal of this study is addressed to evaluate the effects of sorption of high heat and radiation on iodide sorption to surfactant modified bentonite (SMB) which can be used as engineering barrier in the repository. The iodide sorption on the SMBs was significantly affected by temperature conditions rather than radiation. As temperature increases, the iodide sorption decreases. Considering the similar sorption abilities between 100 and 200% SMBs, the 100% SMB is economical sorbent to apply for engineering barrier in a geological repository

  16. Polypropylene Fiber Amendments to Alleviate Initiation and Evolution of Desiccation Cracks in Bentonite Liners

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    Tuller, M.; Gebrenegus, T. B.

    2009-12-01

    Sodium saturated bentonite is a major constituent of compacted and geosynthetic liners and covers for hydraulic isolation of hazardous waste, playing a crucial role in protecting groundwater and other environmental resources from harmful landfill leachates. Due to favorable hydraulic properties (i.e., low permeability), large surface area and associated adsorption capacity for particular contaminants, and relative abundance and low cost, bentonite is the material of choice in many modern waste containment systems. However, long-term interactions between bentonite and waste leachate and exposure of bentonite to desiccative conditions may significantly deteriorate liner or cover performance and ultimately lead to failure of containment systems. In the presented study, the potential usefulness of polypropylene fiber amendments for preventing initiation and evolution of desiccation cracks, while maintaining acceptably low permeability under saturated conditions was investigated. Well-controlled desiccation experiments were conducted using initially saturated bentonite-sand mixtures that contained varying amounts of polypropylene fibers. Initiation and evolution of surface cracks were observed by means of X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT). Advanced image analysis techniques were employed to characterize and quantify 2-D and 3-D features of the evolving crack networks. Potential negative effects of employed additives on saturated hydraulic conductivity were determined with fully-automated Flexible Wall Permeametry (FWP).

  17. Modeling cation diffusion in compacted water-saturated sodium bentonite at low ionic strength.

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    Bourg, Ian C; Sposito, Garrison; Bourg, Alain C M

    2007-12-01

    Sodium bentonites are used as barrier materials for the isolation of landfills and are under consideration for a similar use in the subsurface storage of high-level radioactive waste. The performance of these barriers is determined in large part by molecular diffusion in the bentonite pore space. We tested two current models of cation diffusion in bentonite against experimental data on the relative apparent diffusion coefficients of two representative cations, sodium and strontium. On the "macropore/nanopore" model, solute molecules are divided into two categories, with unequal pore-scale diffusion coefficients, based on location: in macropores or in interlayer nanopores. On the "surface diffusion" model, solute molecules are divided into categories based on chemical speciation: dissolved or adsorbed. The macropore/nanopore model agrees with all experimental data at partial montmorillonite dry densities ranging from 0.2 (a dilute bentonite gel) to 1.7 kg dm(-3) (a highly compacted bentonite with most of its pore space located in interlayer nanopores), whereas the surface diffusion model fails at partial montmorillonite dry densities greater than about 1.3 kg dm(-3). PMID:18186346

  18. Role of bentonite colloids on europium and plutonium migration in a granite fracture

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    To establish when the presence of colloids can favour contaminant migration is a critical task for the performance assessment of a high level radioactive waste repository. In this study, the effects of the presence of bentonite colloids on the migration of highly sorbing elements, such as Eu and Pu, in a granite environment were investigated. Special efforts were made to quantify the filtration of bentonite colloids in this medium and to determine the experimental uncertainties that could bias the interpretation of the results. The migration of bentonite colloids in a granite fracture was studied in the laboratory by dynamic column experiments under low water flow rates (4-11 mL/h). The breakthrough curves of bentonite colloids always showed a peak in a similar position to conservative tracers, but the colloids recovery critically depended on their initial concentration and on the water flow rate. In the presence of colloids, the breakthrough curves of Eu and Pu always showed a peak in the same position as conservative tracers, thus indicating the migration of these radionuclides to be mostly colloid-driven. The recovery of Pu adsorbed onto the colloids was approximately that expected when the experimentally determined bentonite colloid filtration in the column was accounting for but the Eu recovery was always significantly lower

  19. Report on Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Laboratory Tests Performed by CIEMAT on Febex Bentonite 2004-2008

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    The results of the laboratory studies performed by CIEMAT with the FEBEX bentonite in the context of WP3.2 of the NF-PRO Project and of the Agreement ENRESA-CIEMAT Anexo V are presented and analysed in this report. They refer to the effect of the hydraulic gradient on the permeability of bentonite, the effect of the thermal gradient on the hydration kinetics of bentonite, and the repercussion of temperature on the hydro-mechanical properties of bentonite (swelling, permeability and water retention capacity). In all the cases the bentonite has been used compacted to densities expected in the engineered barrier of a high-level radioactive waste repository. The existence of threshold and critical hydraulic gradients has been observed, both of them dependent on bentonite density and water pressures. After more than seven years of hydration, the 40-cm high bentonite columns are far from full saturation, the thermal gradient additionally delaying the process, which is very slow. Temperatures below 100 degree centigrade slightly decrease the swelling and the water retention capacity of the bentonite and increase its permeability. The information obtained improves the knowledge on the behaviour of expansive clay and will help the development of constitutive models and the interpretation of the results obtained in the mock-up and the in situ tests. (Author) 35 refs

  20. Transport of heavy metals and chemical compatibility of hydraulic conductivity of a compacted sand-bentonite mixture

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    Nanthanit Charoenthaisong

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Clayey soils are usually used as barrier material in landfill liners because of its low hydraulic conductivity and high sorption capacity. Bentonite, which consists mainly of montmorillonite, has a high cation exchange capacity resulting in a high retention capacity of heavy metals. Sand is a permeable material but its hydraulic conductivity decreases significantly when mixed with bentonite. However, using a sand-bentonite mixture as landfill liners is questionable, because the hydraulic conductivity of the sand-bentonite mixture may increase when permeated with heavy metal solutions, which are normally found in landfill leachates. In this paper, transport of heavy metals through a compacted sand-bentonite mixture and its chemical compatibility were studied through the batch adsorption test, the column test, and the hydraulic conductivity test.Experimental results indicate that the sorption capacity of the bentonite, ranked in descending order, was Cr3+, Pb2+, Cd2+, Zn2+, and Ni2+, respectively. The diffusion coefficients of the sand-bentonite mixture were in the order of 10-5 cm2/s and the retardation factors were 130, 115, 111, and 90 for Pb2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, and Cd2+, respectively. The hydraulic conductivity of thesand-bentonite mixture was only compatible with a chromium solution having a concentration not greater than 0.001 M.

  1. Modelling the induced polarization of bentonite-sand mixtures. In : Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Induced Polarization

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    Leroy, Philippe; Ghorbani, Ahmad; Revil, André; Cosenza, P.; Okay, G.

    2014-01-01

    Spectral induced polarization (SIP) has become an increasingly popular geophysical method for hydrogeological and environmental applications. These applications include for instance the non-intrusive characterization of the textural and interfacial physicochemical properties of bentonites used as permeability barriers in landfills or to store various types of contaminants including radioactive wastes. Bentonites are mainly constituted of smectites, which have very high specific surface areas ...

  2. Model for diffusion and porewater chemistry in compacted bentonite. Experimental arrangements and preliminary results of the porewater chemistry studies

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    This report describes the progress of the experimental research on the porewater chemistry in bentonite. The research is part of the project Microstructural and chemical parameters of bentonite as determinants of waste isolation efficiency within the Nuclear Fission Safety Program organized by The Commission of the European Communities. The study was started by a literature overview on the properties of bentonite, porewater-sampling methods and obtained results. On the basis of the literature study, porewater extraction by squeezing seemed the most promising method for further development. The apparatus developed in this study consists of a pressing apparatus, which is used to create the necessary long-term compression, and of the compaction cell where porewater is separated from bentonite and collected in a syringe. The constant log-term force is maintained by a strong spring. An experimental study of solution-bentonite interactions was initiated. The parameters varied are the bentonite density, bentonite-water ratio, composition of the solutions, and the composition of bentonite. The report presents the experimental arrangements, the preliminary results for studying the evolution of water chemistry and the results of pre-modelling. (orig.) (27 refs.)

  3. CRIEPI's research results (2006-2011) and clarified future issues on alteration behavior of bentonite barrier by alkaline solutions

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    In radioactive waste disposal facilities, bentonite barrier would be altered by alkaline solutions which arise by leaching of cementitious materials. Consequently suitable properties of the bentonite barrier would be degraded for a long time period. In CRIEPI, the investigation on the alteration of the bentonite under alkaline conditions was started in 2006, and several CRIEPI reports have been published. Specifically, we have investigated the kinetics of montmorillonite dissolution, the mineralogical alteration of compacted bentonite (with high- and low-dry density) and the change of permeability of the compacted bentonite (with high- and low-dry density) during alteration under the alkaline conditions. Furthermore, stability of saponite, which has similar physical properties to the bentonite, under the alkaline conditions was also examined. In this report, we show the outline of those research results, and lay out the clarified future issues extracted from our results. Ten clarified future issues were divided three categories as follows: 1) the estimation of the alteration behavior of the bentonite by alkaline solutions, 2) the elucidation of the mechanism of physical properties (e.g., permeability, swelling properties and mechanistic properties) change of the compacted bentonites during alteration, and 3) the development of the model building and simulation technology concerning the change in physical properties during alteration under alkaline conditions. (author)

  4. A coupled THC model of the FEBEX in situ test with bentonite swelling and chemical and thermal osmosis

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    Zheng, L.; Samper, J.; Montenegro, L.

    2011-04-01

    The performance assessment of a geological repository for radioactive waste requires quantifying the geochemical evolution of the bentonite engineered barrier. This barrier will be exposed to coupled thermal (T), hydrodynamic (H), mechanical (M) and chemical (C) processes. This paper presents a coupled THC model of the FEBEX (Full-scale Engineered Barrier EXperiment) in situ test which accounts for bentonite swelling and chemical and thermal osmosis. Model results attest the relevance of thermal osmosis and bentonite swelling for the geochemical evolution of the bentonite barrier while chemical osmosis is found to be almost irrelevant. The model has been tested with data collected after the dismantling of heater 1 of the in situ test. The model reproduces reasonably well the measured temperature, relative humidity, water content and inferred geochemical data. However, it fails to mimic the solute concentrations at the heater-bentonite and bentonite-granite interfaces because the model does not account for the volume change of bentonite, the CO{sub 2}(g) degassing and the transport of vapor from the bentonite into the granite. The inferred HCO{sub 3}{sup -} and pH data cannot be explained solely by solute transport, calcite dissolution and protonation/deprotonation by surface complexation, suggesting that such data may be affected also by other reactions.

  5. Thermodynamic modelling of bentonite-groundwater interaction and implications for near field chemistry in a repository for spent fuel

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    Predictions of near field geochemistry are made using a thermodynamic model for bentonite/ground interaction. This model is a refinement and extension of the model developed by the senior author. It is based on recent experiments performed at high solid/water ratio and adapted to the Swedish type of HLW repository design. Thus, from the obtained experimental results on solution composition, the model includes chemical reactions resulting from both the impurities and the main clay fraction within the bentonite. Ion exchange reactions are treated both with and without the contribution of edge sites. Due to its thermodynamic basis, the model exhibits prediction capability over a wide range of conditions in terms of solid/water ratio. The modelling of repository conditions implies, due to the lack of experimental information, simplifications with regard to thermodynamic properties of the bentonite. This mainly involves the non-consideration of the temperature effects and of the acid/base properties of the solid. Nevertheless, our results yield insight into important processes affecting porewater chemistry. Thus, the model suggests that proton exchange reactions may exert a strong control on calcite dissolution within highly compacted bentonite. Estimations of chemical changes over time in the bentonite were done in the basis of a mixing tank model. These results indicate transformation of Na-bentonite to Ca-bentonite over time. The extent of this process, however, critically depends on the amount of carbonate present in the bentonite. (authors) (34 refs.)

  6. Report on Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Laboratory Tests Performed by CIEMAT on Febex Bentonite 2004-2008

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    Villar, M. V.; Gomez-Espina, R.

    2009-11-25

    The results of the laboratory studies performed by CIEMAT with the FEBEX bentonite in the context of WP3.2 of the NF-PRO Project and of the Agreement ENRESA-CIEMAT Anexo V are presented and analysed in this report. They refer to the effect of the hydraulic gradient on the permeability of bentonite, the effect of the thermal gradient on the hydration kinetics of bentonite, and the repercussion of temperature on the hydro-mechanical properties of bentonite (swelling, permeability and water retention capacity). In all the cases the bentonite has been used compacted to densities expected in the engineered barrier of a high-level radioactive waste repository. The existence of threshold and critical hydraulic gradients has been observed, both of them dependent on bentonite density and water pressures. After more than seven years of hydration, the 40-cm high bentonite columns are far from full saturation, the thermal gradient additionally delaying the process, which is very slow. Temperatures below 100 degree centigrade slightly decrease the swelling and the water retention capacity of the bentonite and increase its permeability. The information obtained improves the knowledge on the behaviour of expansive clay and will help the development of constitutive models and the interpretation of the results obtained in the mock-up and the in situ tests. (Author) 35 refs.

  7. Time evolution of the general characteristics and Cu retention capacity in an acid soil amended with a bentonite winery waste

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    Fernandez Calviño, David; Rodríguez-Salgado, Isabel; Pérez-Rodríguez, Paula;

    2015-01-01

    The effect of bentonite waste added to a "poor" soil on its general characteristic and copper adsorption capacity was assessed. The soil was amended with different bentonite waste concentrations (0, 10, 20, 40 and 80Mgha-1) in laboratory pots, and different times of incubation of samples were...

  8. Electromagnetotoroid Structures and their Hydrodynamic Analogs

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    Pinheiro, Mario J

    2012-01-01

    We introduce the concept of an electromagnetotoroid in astrophysics, and explore its role in polar jets. This model represents the onset of Abraham's force driven by some external source, for example, the infall of gas towards a star. The Abraham's force term is analogous to the Magnus force, and thus represents the formation of electromagnetic vortex structures in the fabric of space-time. In principle, the proposed toroidal field structure can also provide force spaceship propulsion.

  9. ESD analog circuits and design

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    Voldman, Steven H

    2014-01-01

    A comprehensive and in-depth review of analog circuit layout, schematic architecture, device, power network and ESD design This book will provide a balanced overview of analog circuit design layout, analog circuit schematic development, architecture of chips, and ESD design.  It will start at an introductory level and will bring the reader right up to the state-of-the-art. Two critical design aspects for analog and power integrated circuits are combined. The first design aspect covers analog circuit design techniques to achieve the desired circuit performance. The second and main aspect pres

  10. Discrete Calculus by Analogy

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    Izadi, F A; Bagirov, G

    2009-01-01

    With its origins stretching back several centuries, discrete calculus is now an increasingly central methodology for many problems related to discrete systems and algorithms. The topics covered here usually arise in many branches of science and technology, especially in discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and probability theory as well as in electrical engineering, but our viewpoint here is that these topics belong to a much more general realm of mathematics; namely calculus and differential equations because of the remarkable analogy of the subject to this branch of mathemati

  11. An analog electronic cochlea

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    Lyon, Richard F.; Mead, Carver

    1988-01-01

    An engineered system that hears, such as a speech recognizer, can be designed by modeling the cochlea, or inner ear, and higher levels of the auditory nervous system. To be useful in such a system, a model of the cochlea should incorporate a variety of known effects, such as an asymmetric low-pass/bandpass response at each output channel, a short ringing time, and active adaptation to a wide range of input signal levels. An analog electronic cochlea has been built in CMOS VLSI technolog...

  12. Analogical acts as conceptual strategies in science, engineering and the humanities

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    Winkler, V. M.

    1981-01-01

    The composing models which operate by means of analogy are identified. The importance of analogical acts in the prewriting stage of the composing process is discussed. The relations between analogical acts and concept formation are explored. A basic correspondence between the analogical thinking employed in successful learning and analogical thinking as a composing strategy is discussed. Teaching analogical acts as conceptual strategies for exploring problems and generating the form and content of discourse is presented in support of the contention that writing is a unique mode of learning.

  13. MX-80 Bentonite. Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical Characterisation Performed at CIEMAT in the Context of the Prototype Project

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    This document details the results of the thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) characterisation of the commercial MX-80 bentonite performed by CIEMAT from 2001 to 2004 in the context of a project carried out at the AEspoe Hard Rock Laboratory (Sweden), the Prototype Repository. The swelling pressure and the permeability of the bentonite compacted to different dry densities has been determined, as well as the influence of the permeant salinity on hydraulic conductivity. The influence of salinity on the retention capacity of the compacted bentonite has been studied. For that, a new methodology has been designed. Water retention curves have been determined at temperatures of 20 and 600C. Suction controlled odometer tests have been performed at 20oC. Finally, the behaviour of the MX-80 bentonite has been compared to that of the Spanish FEBEX bentonite. (Author) 13 refs

  14. Leachability of bentonite/cement for medium-level waste immobilisation

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    Hamlat, M.S.; Rabia, N. [Centre de Radioprotection et de Surete, Alger-Gare (Algeria)

    1998-12-31

    The release of radionuclides from Algerian bentonite/cement matrix has been measured experimentally using static and dynamic testing procedures. The waste forms were cement/sand and bentonite/cement matrices contaminated with Cs-137. To characterise radionuclide/waste form combination, two parameters, diffusion (D) and distribution coefficients ({alpha}) were used. (D) is an effective diffusion coefficient that describes the kinetic behaviour and is most easily determined using Soxhlet test, whereas, ({alpha}) describes the distribution of radionuclide between aqueous and solid phases at equilibrium and is best measured in static test. Leach rates obtained being very low. Distribution coefficient values have showed that the bentonite has relatively a high degree of fixation. It was concluded that the matrix under study seems play a role for the immobilisation. (orig.)

  15. Diffusion of Radionuclides in Bentonite Clay - Laboratory and in situ Studies

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    This thesis deals with the diffusion of ions in compacted bentonite clay. Laboratory experiments were performed to examine in detail different processes that affect the diffusion. To demonstrate that the results obtained from the laboratory investigations are valid under in situ conditions, two different kinds of in situ experiments were performed. Laboratory experiments were performed to better understand the impact of ionic strength on the diffusion of S2+ and Cs+ ions, which sorb to mineral surfaces primarily by ion exchange. Furthermore, surface related diffusion was examined and demonstrated to take place for Sr2+ and Cs+ but not for Co2+, which sorbs on mineral surfaces by complexation. The diffusion of anions in bentonite clay compacted to different dry densities was also investigated. The results indicate that anion diffusion in bentonite clay consists of two processes, one fast and another slower. We ascribe the fast diffusive process to intralayer diffusion and the slow process to diffusion in interparticle water, where anions are to some extent sorbed to edge sites of the montmorillonite. Two different types of in situ experiments were performed, CHEMLAB and LOT. CHEMLAB is a borehole laboratory, where cation (Cs+, Sr2+ and Co2+) and anion (I- and TcO4-) diffusion experiments were performed using groundwater from a fracture in the borehole. In the LOT experiments cylindrical bentonite blocks surrounding a central copper rod were placed in a 4 m deep vertical borehole. The borehole was then sealed and the blocks are left for 1, 5 or >> 5 years. When the bentonite was water saturated the central copper rod is heated to simulate the temperature increase due to radioactive decay of the spent fuel. Bentonite doped with radioactive Cs and Co was placed in one of the lower blocks. Interestingly, the redox-sensitive pertechnetate ion (TcO4-) which thermodynamically should be reduced and precipitate as TcO2 n H2O, travelled unreduced through the bentonite

  16. CHARACTERIZATION OF BENTONITE FOR ENGINEERED BARRIER SYSTEMS IN RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL SITES

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    Dubravko Domitrović

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Engineered barrier systems are used in radioactive waste disposal sites in order to provide better protection of humans and the environment from the potential hazards associated with the radioactive waste disposal. The engineered barrier systems usually contain cement or clay (bentonite because of their isolation properties and long term performance. Quality control tests of clays are the same for all engineering barrier systems. Differences may arise in the required criteria to be met due for different application. Prescribed clay properties depend also on the type of host rocks. This article presents radioactive waste management based on best international practice. Standard quality control procedures for bentonite used as a sealing barrier in radioactive waste disposal sites are described as some personal experiences and results of the index tests (free swelling index, water adsorption capacity, plasticity limits and hydraulic permeability of bentonite (the paper is published in Croatian.

  17. Rebounding process of moulding sands-thermal degradation of bentonite binding qualities

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    R. Dańko

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problems related to a gradual degradation of binding qualities of montmorillonite, the main component of foundry bentonites, are presented in the paper. This degradation is caused by high temperatures originated from liquid metal influencing moulding sands. Laboratory measurements of an active binding agent content in classic moulding sands prepared with two types of bentonite and subjected to a controlled heating to high temperatures – were performed. These laboratory examinations were compared to industrial tests, in which a temperature distribution was being determined in several places in the thickness of the casting ingot mould for 24 hours from the moment of pouring liquid metal. On the basis of the performed examinations, the method allowing to determine optimal additions in the rebounding process of the tested bentonites was developed.

  18. Effect of sodium dodecyl sulfate on flow and electrokinetic properties of Na-activated bentonite dispersions

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    E Günıster; S İşçı; A Alemdar; N Güngör

    2004-06-01

    The present study reports the effect of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS, C12H25 OSO3Na) upon the electrokinetic (electrophoretic mobility, zeta potential) and rheological (viscosity, yield value) properties of the Ca-bentonitic clay found in Turkey and its Na-activated form. The SDS dispersant was added in different concentrations in the range of 1 × 10-5-5 × 10-2 mol/l. The results show that the viscosity and zeta potential values of bentonite dispersion are affected by the addition of anionic surfactant. The obtained data are analysed by considering the kind of exchangeable cations. Thixotropic property effect was observed in bentonite dispersions.

  19. Effect of bentonite on radiation induced dissolution of UO{sub 2} in an aqueous system

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    Barreiro Fidalgo, Alexandre, E-mail: alebf@kth.se; Sundin, Sara, E-mail: saramara@kth.se; Jonsson, Mats, E-mail: matsj@kth.se

    2014-04-01

    In order to elucidate the impact of bentonite on the process of radiation induced oxidative dissolution of UO{sub 2} in an aqueous system, the dissolution of U(VI) and consumption of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} over time has been studied. In addition, γ-irradiation experiments were performed to study a more relevant and complex system, serving as a comparison with the previously stated system. In both cases, the experiments revealed that the presence of bentonite in water could either delay or prevent in part the release of uranium to the environment. The cause is mainly attributed to the scavenging of radiolytic oxidants rather than to the adsorption of uranium onto bentonite.

  20. Influence of ionic strength on the viscosities and water loss of bentonite suspensions containing polymers

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    Luciana Viana Amorim

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available A study was made of the influence of ionic strength (S on the apparent (AV and plastic (PV viscosities and water loss (WL of sodium bentonite suspension with polymers. Na-bentonite was dispersed in water (4.86% w/w of different ionic strengths (S = 0.0, 0.015, 0.030 and 0.045 M followed by the addition of polymer. Three polymer samples were studied, i.e., low viscosity carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC BV, polyanionic cellulose (PAC, and partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM. The results indicated that the presence of salts and increased salinity greatly influence the apparent and plastic viscosities and water loss of bentonite suspensions with polymer.