Clay Microstructure by Richard H. Bennett, Matthew H. Hulbert (auth.)

By Richard H. Bennett, Matthew H. Hulbert (auth.)

Plan of overview This overview of clay microstructure is aimed toward the various crew of execs who proportion an curiosity within the homes of fine-grained minerals in sediments. over the past numerous a long time, individuals of this workforce have integrated geologists, soil scientists, soil engineers, engineering geologists, and ceramics scientists. extra lately, it has integrated major numbers of marine geologists and different engineers. all of the disciplines has constructed particular recommendations for investigating homes of clay sediments that experience confirmed to be fruitful in answering questions of critical curiosity. wisdom of clay microstructure-the cloth of a sediment and the physico­ chemical interactions among its components-is basic to these types of disciplines (Mitchell 1956; Lambe 1958a; Foster and De 1971). Clay cloth refers back to the spatial distribution, orientations, and particle-to-particle relatives of the forged debris (generally these below three. nine /Lm in dimension) of sediment. Physico-chemical interac­ tions are expressions of the forces among the debris. during this evaluate, we hint the old improvement of lower than­ status clay microstructure through discussing key medical papers released ahead of 1986 on physico-chemical interactions in high quality­ grained sediments and on clay textile. because the improvement follows an complicated course, the present view of clay microstructure is summarized. This precis contains a dialogue of the current country of data, the observations made thus far, and the proof which are now established.

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They concluded that clay particles are shaped like leaves or plates, and are formed into groups of parallel particles. They called a sediment with the particles in parallel array a Tactoide. Terzaghi (1925) developed Ehrenberg's proposal and presented a schematic of the fabric of clays deposited in the presence of electrolyte (honeycomb) and in the absence of electrolyte (single-grain structure). , chemical constitution, temperature, dielectric constant). Water close to the clay particles was assumed to be important in determining the properties of clay masses (Sorby 1908).

The layers are held together in manners that are characteristic of the particular clays. In kaolinite, they are held together by hydrogen bonding between hydroxyl groups of one layer and adjacent oxygens of the next layer. In muscovite, the negatively charged layers are held together by electrostatic attraction to potassium ions located between them. In all cases, van der Waals forces are significant in holding the layers together. The strength of the bonding between layers differs markedly from one clay mineral to another; therefore the responses of various clay minerals to changes in the physico-chemical environment also differ.

The first investigations of clay minerals using the electron microscope were carried out by Eitel et al. (1939, Eitel and Schusterius 1940), but they were concerned primarily with the sizes and shapes of the very small particles rather than the depositional fabric. Hast (1947) also employed the transmission electron microscope in the study of clays. Although Hast concentrated on techniques, he noted that clay consists of small planar crystals, such as rounded plates, and these plates are placed one upon the other, with a slight displacement of each.

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