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High-resolution X-ray CT for 3D petrography of ferruginous sandstone for an investigation of building stone decay.

Authors
  • Cnudde, Veerle
  • Dewanckele, Jan
  • Boone, Matthieu
  • de Kock, Tim
  • Boone, Marijn
  • Brabant, Loes
  • Dusar, Michiel
  • de Ceukelaire, Marleen
  • de Clercq, Hilde
  • Hayen, Roald
  • Jacobs, Patric
Type
Published Article
Journal
Microscopy Research and Technique
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2011
Volume
74
Issue
11
Pages
1006–1017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/jemt.20987
PMID: 21381150
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Diestian ferruginous sandstone has been used as the dominant building stone for monuments in the Hageland, a natural landscape in east-central Belgium. Like all rocks, this stone type is sensitive to weathering. Case hardening was observed in combination with blackening of the exterior parts of the dressed stones. To determine the 3D petrography and to identify the structural differences between the exterior and interior parts, X-ray computed tomography was used in combination with more traditional research techniques like optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The 3D characterization of the ferruginous sandstone was performed with a high-resolution X-ray CT scanner (www.ugct.ugent.be) in combination with the flexible 3D analysis software Morpho+, which provides the necessary petrophysical parameters of the scanned samples in 3D. Besides providing the required 3D parameters like porosity, pore-size distribution, grain size, grain orientation, and surface analysis, the results of the 3D analysis can also be visualized, which enables to understand and interpret the analysis results in a straightforward way. The complementarities between high-quality X-ray CT images and flexible 3D software and its relation with the more traditional microscopical research techniques are opening up new gateways in the study of weathering processes of natural building stones.

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