An interlaboratory comparison of methods for measuring rock matrix porosity

Kari Rasilainen, Karl-Heinz Hellmuth, Liisa Kivekäs, Avner Melamed, Timo Ruskeeniemi, Marja Siitari-Kauppi, Jussi Timonen, Matti Valkiainen

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    An interlaboratory comparison study was conducted for the available Finnish methods of rock matrix porosity measurements. The aim was first to compare different experimental methods for future applications, and second to obtain quality assured data for the needs of matrix diffusion modelling. Three different versions of water immersion techniques, a tracer elution method, a helium gas through-diffusion method, and a C-14-PMMA method were tested. All methods selected for this study were established experimental tools in the respective laboratories, and they had already been individually tested. Rock samples for the study were obtained from a homogeneous granitic drill core section from the natural analogue site at Palmottu. The drill core section was cut into slabs that were expected to be practically identical. The subsamples were then circulated between the different laboratories using a round robin approach. The circulation was possible because all methods were non-destructive, except the C-14-PMMA method, which was always the last method to be applied. The possible effect of drying temperature on the measured porosity was also preliminarily tested. These measurements were done in the order of increasing drying temperature. If drying temperature had an effect on the measured porosity, it should therefore have been seen as a systematic change in the results. Based on the study, it can be concluded that all methods are comparable in their accuracy. The selection of methods for future applications can therefore be based on practical considerations. Drying temperature seemed to have very little effect on the measured porosity, but a more detailed study is needed for definite conclusions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages50
    ISBN (Print)951-38-4971-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Meddelanden - Research Notes


    • measurement
    • methods
    • comparison
    • experimentation
    • laboratories
    • rocks
    • granite
    • porosity
    • drying
    • temperature
    • quality
    • radioactive wastes


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