Authors:J. KŐmives, K. Tomor, J. Sztatisz, L. Lassu, and S. Gál
Changes in the water content of aluminium sulphate hydrate were investigated gravimetrically at room temperature in air with different relative humidities. The samples conditioned in this way were characterized by thermoanalytical (TG, DTG, DSC) and X-ray diffraction measurements. Industrial aluminium sulphate hydrate obtained by freezing the melt has a partly crystalline structure. After grinding, this material crystallizes during storage. This process requires a humid atmosphere; increasing relative humidity brings about more intensive crystallization.
The CISORP Water Sorption Analyser has been used to characterise a selection of solid samples at relative humidities from
0 to 100% and at ambient pressure. The analysis reveals many interesting features about the samples and shows the scope of
Hysteresis due to porosity and differences in the physical properties of similar chemical samples show up clearly in isotherm
curves. Kinetic curves reveal features such as the level of stability of dehydrated food products, changes in the hydration
states of salts, and the effect of adding powdered excipient on the water sorption behaviour of a pharmaceutical compound.
Kinetic curves were also used to compare the water sorption behaviour of two types of wood found inside a pine cone, and to
determine equilibrium moisture sorption by calculation.
It was shown that many samples take up moisture irreversibly under the experimental conditions such as amorphous sucrose and
other freeze-dried samples, as well as unstable crystalline forms of compounds. Wet samples such as soaked brick and archaeological
wood from a well dry out irreversibly even at 100% RH.
Recording isotherms at different temperatures allows the calculation of enthalpies of water sorption. If these are compared
with the enthalpy of water condensation the two processes can be compared quantitatively.
Authors:I. Bravo-Osuna, A. Muńoz-Ruiz, M. Jiménez-Castellanos, J. Ford, and M. Whelan
The use of modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the measurement of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in polymer-water systems presents several important problems. These include the presence of water evaporation endotherms, partial water evaporation during scanning, changes in pan integrity due to vapour pressure developing in the pan headspace during analysis, and possible interaction between water and polymer at high temperatures. As a result, in most of the cases, only apparent Tg values can be obtained. In this study, TMDSC and DSC were used to determinate the thermal behaviour of methylmethacrylate copolymer-water systems. The samples were previously equilibrated at different relative humidities (RH) from 0 to 97% RH. Three different pan arrangements were used. In addition, thermogravimetric analysis (TG) was carried out to determine the initial amount of water in the sample. None of the pan arrangements was entirely suitable for the study of these systems. When sealed pans were used, the plastification effect of water was observed. Some evidence of degradation was also observed in which water and methylmethacrylate appeared to play roles.
Authors:E.T. Stepkowska, J. Perez-Rodriguez, M. Aviles, M. Jimenez de Haro, and M. Sayagues
Specific surface, S, of CSH-gel particles of disordered layered structure, was studied by water sorption/retention in two cement pastes differing
in strength, i.e. C-33 (weaker) and C-43 (stronger), w/c=0.4. Hydration time in liquid phase was th=1 and 6 months, followed by hydration in water vapour either on increasing stepwise the relative humidity, RH=0.5→0.95→1.0 (WS) or on its lowering in an inverse order (WR). Specific surface was estimated from evaporable (sorbed) water
content, EV (110C), assuming a bi- and three-molecular sorbed water layer at RH=0.5 or 0.95, respectively (WS). On WR it was three- and three- to four-molecular (50 to 75%), respectively, causing a hysteresis
of sorption isotherm. At RH=0.5 the S increased with cement strength from 146 m2 g-1 (C-33, 1 m) to 166 m2 g-1 (C-43, 1 m) and with hydration time to 163 (C-33, 6 m) and to 204 m2 g-1 (C-43, 6 m). At RH=1.0 (and 0.95), higher S-value were measured but these differences were smaller: S amounted to 190-200 m2 g-1 in C-33 (1 and 6 m) and 198-210 m2 g-1 in C-43 (1 and 6 m). Thus no collapse occurred on air drying of paste C-43 (6 m).
Aerosol particles smaller than 1.8 m were size-fractionated with micro-orifice impactors at two urban sites near Washington, DC, and analyzed for 44 elements including, As, Se, Sb, and Zn, i.e., elements strongly associated with coal combustion, incineration, and regionally transported secondary aerosol, by Instrumental Neutron Activation. Size distribution parameters were determined nonparametrically and with a least-squares peak-fitting method using impactor calibration data. Geometric and fitted mass mean aerodynamic diameters typically differed by <10% and increased continuously with increasing relative humidity (RH) in the range 56 to 79%, but along different curves for samples influenced by local and distant sources. The geometric mass mean diameters for samples influenced by winds from the direction of local sources were uniformly smaller than those influenced by westerly winds bearing aerosol from distant, regional, sources. At 60% RH, gmmads were As, 0.30±0.03 and 0.46±0.04; Se, 0.33±0.06 and 0.54±0.04; Sb, 0.39±0.03 and 0.53±0.04; and Zn, 0.39±0.06 and 0.53±0.08; respectively.
Authors:Young Cho, Wanno Lee, Kun Chung, Geun Choi, and Chang Lee
The seasonal variation of the 7Be activities in air and the size distribution of the 7Be aerosols were studied by using a continuous air sampler and a five stage cascade impactor. The mean monthly activity level
of 7Be at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) site varied from 0.5 to 4.8 Bq·m−3 and revealed a seasonal variation, in which the 7Be activity levels were high in winter and low in summer. The mass size distribution showed a bi-modal distribution with a
higher peak around 0.49 μm and a smaller peak between 3 μm and 7.2 μm. The activity median aerodynamic diameter (AMAD) decreased
with increasing ambient 7Be concentrations. The mean residence times by using a mean growth rate of 0.004 μm·h−1 were estimated to be 2.5–6.4 days. The AMAD has an increasing tendency with higher relative humidity. It seemed that the
high humidity condition facilitated the growth of the aerosol, resulting in increased deposition rates of the aerosols and
the low 7Be content in the surface air. The AMAD of the 7Be aerosols increased with an increasing temperature, but the temperature dependency of AMAD should be explained with geological
and meteorological conditions.
Authors:A. Ioannidou, E. Kotsopoulou, and C. Papastefanou
7Be activity concentrations were measured in the lower atmosphere at Thessaloniki, Northern Greece (40°38′N, 22°58′E) over
the year 2009, a year of a particular minimum of solar activity. The mean annual activity concentration of 7Be at that year was 6.01 mBq m−3. The variability of 7Be surface concentrations related to the solar cycle appeared to be deviated about 40% between the maximum and the minimum
values. A positive correlation (R = 0.97) was revealed between the activity concentrations of 7Be and the temperature, confirming that the increased rates of vertical transport within the troposphere, especially during
the warmer months, resulted in carrying down to the surface layer air masses enriched in 7Be. Relatively high values of 7Be activity concentrations were observed by increasing of the tropopause height. A negative correlation (R = −0.65) between the 7Be activity concentrations and the relative humidity was due to the condensation process in the lower atmosphere which resulted
in increased aerosol particle sizes with higher scavenging rates of aerosols and low activity concentrations of 7Be in the atmosphere. Influence of precipitation on the changes of 7Be activity concentrations was also observed.
The interaction between samples of metallic zinc and water vapour was studied gravimetrically, both in the absence and in
the presence of oxygen. The experimental total mass gain vs. time curves exhibited two plateaus, whose heights increased with,
elevations both of relative humidity and of temperature. The amount of product retained on the surface after desorption was
also determined as a function of time. The product was identified as hydrated zinc oxide. In the runs conducted without oxygen,
the retained product curves displayed a time delay with respect to the total mass gain curves. In the presence of oxygen,
however, there was practically only one chronogravimetric curve. This behaviour is interpreted on the basis of a common mechanism
involving the formation of an intermediate precursor oxide, which is more readily formed in the presence of oxygen than in
its absence. A set of mathematical equations was derived, from which the rate constants for both processes were obtained.
The second step was ascribed to a further weak adsorption of water.
The purpose of this study was to conduct a thermal analysis of the hydrolysis and degradation behavior of biodegradable polymers
and bio-composites at 50°C and 90% relative humidity (RH). With increasing hydrolysis time, the thermal stability and degradation
temperature of polybutylene succinate (PBS) slightly decreased. The glass transition temperature (Tg) and melting temperature (Tm) of PBS and the anti-hydrolysis agent treated PBS did not vary significantly with increasing hydrolysis time, whereas those
of the trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA)-treated PBS slightly increased. With increasing hydrolysis time, the storage
modulus (E’) values of the bio-composites decreased, whereas those of the TMPTA treated bio-composites slightly increased. Also, the
tan values of the anti-hydrolysis agent and TMPTA treated PBS-BF bio-composites were slightly lower than those of the non-treated
bio-composites, due to the reduction in their degree of hydrolysis. The tanδmax peak temperature (Tg) of the anti-hydrolysis agent treated bio-composites was not significantly changed, whereas that of the TMPTA treated bio-composites
The system of sulfoaluminate ferrite belite (SAFB) clinkers premixed with Portland cement (PC) in mass ratio 85:15 in combination
with hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) or polyphosphates(poly-P) was used for the syntheses of Macro-Defect-Free (MDF)
materials. The subsequent moisture treatment and thermal stability of these MDF materials were investigated. The effect of
individual humidity upon the evolution of mass is more intensive than the effects of composition of MDF materials or duration
of the original MDF material synthesis. Detailed values of mass changes at 100% relative humidity (RH) and under ambient conditions
are strongly affected by the nature of polymer used. A significant improvement of moisture resistance of MDF materials is
achieved when the materials are dried after 24 h of finishing the pressure application. In the inter-phase section of MDF
material samples, the content ofC-(A,F)-S hydraulic phases, mainly tetracalcium aluminate ferrite monosulphatehydrate (AFm) decomposing by 250°C and CaCO3 decomposing at 600–700°C increase after the moisture attack, while cross-links in AFm-like section with typical thermoanalytical
traces in temperature region 250–550°C remain intact.