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Comparison of laboratory methodologies for evaluating radiostrontium diffusion in soils: planar-source versus half-cell methods.
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PMID:  20850167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A planar-source method, initially designed to obtain diffusion coefficients in compacted clay, is adapted here to determine the apparent diffusion coefficient (D(a)) of radiostrontium in soils representative of the Spanish territory. Experiments were carried out by varying the moisture content (F(moist)), and bulk dry density (ρ(bulk)) of the soil samples, in order to study the influence of these soil packing parameters on D(a) values. The moisture in the soil samples was established as the percentage of occupancy of each soil's field capacity (OFC). For a similar OFC, D(a) values in the examined soils ranged by approximately one order of magnitude (e.g. from 6.2 × 10(-)(11) to 6.5 × 10(-)(12)m(2)s(-)(1), at 100% of OFC; from 3.0 × 10(-)(11) to 3.8 × 10(-)(12)m(2)s(-)(1), at 60% of OFC). For a given soil, D(a) values increased when water content was increased. F(moist), and tortuosity (τ) explained D(a) variability, with R(2) values usually over 0.9. However, no good simple or multiple regressions between the soil packing parameters and D(a) were obtained with the whole dataset of all soils, which indicated that soil sorption capacity affects the diffusion of reactive radionuclides in soils. The inclusion of calculated K(d) values in the multiple regressions improved the correlations in all cases. Finally, D(a) values were compared with those obtained by the application of a half-cell method. The values of D(a) obtained by the planar-source methods were systematically lower than the half-cell ones, with a good correlation between the D(a) derived from both methods (R(2)=0.98).
D Aldaba; M García-Gutiérrez; A Rigol; M Vidal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-09-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  408     ISSN:  1879-1026     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  2010-12-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5966-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Departament de Química Analítica, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1-11, E-08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Aluminum Silicates / chemistry
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Soil Pollutants / analysis,  chemistry*
Strontium Radioisotopes / analysis,  chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Aluminum Silicates; 0/Soil Pollutants; 0/Strontium Radioisotopes; 1302-87-0/clay

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