Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Hudec, P.





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This study investigates the influence of the internal structure, water and rock pore surface interaction on water absorption rates and on the rock behavior under confined stress. Tests were performed on 44 samples of different rock types consisting mostly of carbonate rocks (limestones and dolomites), with three sandstones, two marbles, shale, granite, and a syenite. Most of the rock samples were collected in the active quarries throughout eastern and southern Ontario. Rock cores with a diameter of 19 mm and a height of 4.5 mm were used in the experiments. Grain size, water absorption, water adsorption and density were established in preliminary tests. A second set of experiments consisted of determination of the capillary rise rate and total immersion saturation rate. Results from this research and results from previous studies on the same rocks set performed by Rigbey (1980), Ondrasik (1996), Pour Molk Ara (in progress) were subjected to a wide variety of statistical analysis. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Earth Sciences. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .D36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0663. Adviser: P. P. Hudec. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.