Comparative study on porosity in fine- and coarse-grained Boom Clay samples (Mol-Dessel reference site, Belgium)

Susanne Hemes, Guillaume Desbois, Janos L. Urai, Mieke De Craen, Miroslav Honty

Research outputpeer-review


The porosity of clay-rich materials is well known for bulk samples, but the direct characterization of pore morphologies at nm-scale in very fine-grained samples is difficult due to sample preparation. In this study, the combination of Broad-Ion-Beam (BIB) cross-sectioning and SEM-imaging was used to produce high quality, polished cross-sections and image pores down to a few nm in size. Three samples of Boom Clay from the Mol-Dessel reference site for radioactive waste disposal (Mol-1 borehole, Belgium) were investigated and compared with regard to their porosity and grain-size.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages46
StatePublished - Feb 2011

Publication series

NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie

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