Ors Istok

Postgraduate research student

Academic and research departments

Department of Physics, Soft Matter Group.


Peter McDonald, Ors Istok, Magdalena Janota, Agata Gajewicz-Jaromin, David Faux (2020)Sorption, anomalous water transport and dynamic porosity in cement paste: a spatially localised 1H NMR relaxation study and a proposed mechanis, In: Cement and Concrete Research Elsevier

The link between anomalous water sorption and dynamic porosity in cement pastes is explored using spatially resolved GARField 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation analysis. A model is developed in which the effective capillary diffusion coefficient is dependent on the instantaneous pore size distribution. This and earlier data show changes in pore size distribution resultant from changes in saturation that do not occur instantaneously with changes in degree of saturation. Therefore, it is assumed that the pore size distribution is always relaxing exponentially towards a (saturation de pendent) equilibrium. It follows that the diffusivity is sample history (i.e.time) dependent as well as saturation dependent. This is sufficient to ex plain anomalies in rapid capillary water sorption. The same concepts are applied to slow drying. In this case, porosity changes occur on a timescale much shorter than drying so the system is always in dynamic equilibrium and anomalies are therefore not seen.

Ors Istok, P.J. McDonald, D.A. Faux, A.M. Gajewicz-Jaromin (2019)Sorption Measurements in Cement Paste using GARField MR Imaging, In: Richard J Ball, Barrie Dams, Veronica Ferrandiz-Mas, Xinyuan Ke, Kevin Paine, Mark Tyrer, Peter Walker (eds.), Proceedings 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference 2019pp. 1-235 University of Bath