Volume Changes of a Thixotropic, Sodium Bentonite Suspension during Sol-Gel-Sol Transition

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Science  13 Sep 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3585, pp. 1040-1041
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3585.1040


Dilatometric measurements during the sol-gel-sol transition of an air-free, thixotropic, sodium bentonite suspension revealed a reversible change in volume of about 2.4 X 10-4 percent. The volume of the suspension increased during gelation and decreased when the gel was subsequently liquified. This is taken as evidence of a progressive building up, during gelation, of a water structure less dense than normal.