Testing of Salt-Contaminated Materials: Use of Aqueous Solutions for Control of Relative Humidity

    Volume 35, Issue 5 (September 2007)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Published Online: 22 May 2007

    Page Count: 4


    Gonçalves, T. Diaz
    Civil Engineer and Research Assistant, and Civil Engineer and Research Trainee, respectively, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Lisbon,

    Abreu, M. Marinho
    Civil Engineer and Research Assistant, and Civil Engineer and Research Trainee, respectively, National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Lisbon,

    (Received 28 December 2005; accepted 3 February 2007)

    Abstract

    Today, many kinds of laboratory tests are performed on salt-contaminated materials. In these tests the relative humidity is often controlled inside closed containers by means of selected salt solutions or pure water. This paper discusses the influence of the contaminant salts on the environmental conditions inside such containers. Two experiments were performed by monitoring the relative humidity and temperature when NaCl samples were kept over pure water. The results showed that the NaCl samples significantly disturbed the environmental conditions inside the containers. This indicates that methods of generating constant relative humidity by means of salt solutions or pure water can be inappropriate in the case of salt-contaminated materials. As a precautionary measure, monitoring of the environmental parameters inside the containers should be carried out.


    Paper ID: JTE100192

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE100192

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    Title Testing of Salt-Contaminated Materials: Use of Aqueous Solutions for Control of Relative Humidity
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