Synchrotron Based Transmission X-ray Microscopy Reveals Smectite Fine Structure in an Aqueous Environment

The unusual behaviour of smectites, the ability to change volume when wetted (swelling) or dried (shrinking), make soil containing smectites very unstable and hazardous for the building industry due to foundation movement and poor slope stability. These macroscopic properties are dominated by the structural arrangement of its finest fraction. In this work… CONTINUE READING