Macroscopic interpretation of nano-scale scattering data in clay
Journal article, 2019

The potential of X-ray scattering measurements for monitoring changes on the nano-scale in fine-grained materials in their natural wet state is demonstrated with a series of feasibility tests on well-controlled, kaolin samples, i.e. water content, pH and loading history. The results indicate that subtle changes on the nanometric scale, especially the particle orientations, can be measured with high fidelity using a standard laboratory Small and Wide angle X-ray Scattering instrument. This opens up possibilities for future in-situ loading tests with simultaneous monitoring of the evolving changes of the fabric in fine-grained soils.

clay X-ray scattering

fabric/structure of soils



Georgios Birmpilis

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Reza Ahmadi-Naghadeh

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Jelke Dijkstra

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, GeoEngineering

Geotechnique Letters

2045-2543 (ISSN)

Vol. 9 4 355-360

Att fånga långsamt ändrande dynamisk respons av lösa jordar

Formas (2016-01070), 2017-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Environmental Sciences


Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory

Areas of Advance

Materials Science



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