Determination of the distribution of consolidants and interpretation of mercury porosimetry data in a sandstone porous network using LSCM

Karima Zoghlami, David Gómez-Gras

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Abstract

Knowing the 3D distribution of a consolidant within the porous network of a rock is essential for understanding the porosity quantitative data obtained by mercury porosimetry and for observing the effect of consolidants on pore interconnection. In this work, we show for the first time that the distribution of consolidant in the porous network can be determined using laser scanner confocal microscopy (LSCM). Results indicate that consolidants are concentrated in pore throats of less than 40 μm diameter, affecting both the porous interconnection and the circulation of fluids. LSCM allowed demonstration of the fact that the increase in microporosity detected by mercury porosimetry is due to the development of fissures within the consolidants. No consolidant that produces this kind of fissure can be used in the consolidation of building stones, since it would increase microporosity and, in consequence, vulnerability to weathering agents. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-275
JournalMicroscopy Research and Technique
Volume65
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004

Keywords

  • 3D distribution
  • Consolidants
  • LSCM
  • Porous network
  • Sandstones

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