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Sjostedt C.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Persson I.,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | Hesterberg D.,North Carolina State University | Kleja D.B.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | And 2 more authors.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta | Year: 2013

Complexation of iron by organic matter can potentially compete with toxic metals for binding sites. Iron(III) forms both monomeric and di/trimeric complexes with fulvic and humic acids, but the nature and extent of complexation with natural organic matter samples from soft-water lakes has not been extensively studied. The aim of this study was to determine the coordination of iron in complexes with organic matter in two soft-water lakes and in the surrounding Oe soil horizons. Iron K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy was performed on particles and large colloids (>0.45. μm) collected by in-line pre-filtration, and on smaller colloids isolated both on an AGMP-1 anion-exchange column and by concentration using 1000. Da ultrafiltration. The results showed that iron(III) was mainly present in monomeric complexes with organic matter, both in the lake water smaller colloids and in the soil samples. Evidence for iron(III) (hydr)oxides was found for the lake particles, in the ultrafiltration retentates, and in some of the soils. Overall, the results suggest that complexation of iron(III) to organic matter prevents hydrolysis into polymeric forms. Strong complexation of iron(III) would lead to competition with other metals for organic-matter binding sites. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Bjurstrom H.,AF Industry AB | Lind B.B.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Lagerkvist A.,Lulea University of Technology
Fuel | Year: 2014

Unburned carbon (UC) in 21 combustion residues from solid biofuels has been examined using several methods of analysis (including LOI and TOC) as well as micro-Raman spectroscopy. The concentration of unburned carbon in the residues varied over an order of magnitude and in several samples accounted for about 10% of the ash mass. It was observed that TOC had a poor correlation to organic carbon, especially for fly ashes. LOI at all tested temperatures showed a better correlation than TOC to the organic carbon content, whereas the TOC is better correlated to elemental carbon. LOI550 gave a larger variation and a less complete mobilisation of unburned carbon than LOI at 750 or 975 C did, but at the highest temperature metal oxidation was notably affecting the mass balance to the extent that some samples gained mass. For this reason, and of the temperatures tested, LOI750 seem to be the most stable indicator for organic remains in the incineration residuals. Most of the unburned carbon is elemental, and only slowly degradable, so the potential emissions of organic compounds from ashes should not be assessed by using a TOC test. The structure of the detected elemental carbon in UC is similar to that of activated carbon, which indicates a potentially large specific surface. This should be borne in mind when assessing the environmental impact of using ash for different purposes, including use as a construction material. Field studies are needed to verify the actual impact as it may depend on environmental conditions. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Gustafsson J.P.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Tiberg C.,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | Edkymish A.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Kleja D.B.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute
Environmental Chemistry | Year: 2011

Environmental contextLead(II) is a toxic metal pollutant with many anthropogenic sources. We show that lead(II) is bound more strongly to soil surfaces than previously understood. This knowledge may lead to better models for lead(II) dissolution from the soils, which will improve risk assessments for this metal. AbstractLead(II) adsorption to soil organic matter and iron (hydr)oxides is strong, and may control the geochemical behaviour of this metal. Here, we report the adsorption of Pb2+ (i) to 2-line ferrihydrite, and (ii) to a mor layer. The results showed that ferrihydrite has heterogeneous Pb2+ binding. Use of a surface complexation model indicated that ∼1% of the surface sites adsorbed Pb2+ more strongly than the remaining 99%. Although only one surface complexation reaction was used (a bidentate complex of the composition (≡FeOH)2Pb+), three classes of sites with different affinity for Pb2+ were needed to simulate Pb2+ binding correctly over all Pb/Fe ratios analysed. For the mor layer, Pb2+ sorption was much stronger than current models for organic complexation suggest. The results could be described by the Stockholm Humic Model when the binding heterogeneity was increased, and when it was assumed that 0.2% of the binding sites were specific for Pb. Use of revised model parameters for nine Vietnamese soils suggest that lead(II) binding was more correctly simulated than before. Thus, underestimation of lead(II) sorption to both (hydr)oxide surfaces and organic matter may explain the failure of previous geochemical modelling attempts for lead(II). © 2011 CSIRO.


Xu J.,Lulea University of Technology | Kleja D.B.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Biester H.,TU Braunschweig | Lagerkvist A.,Lulea University of Technology | Kumpiene J.,Lulea University of Technology
Chemosphere | Year: 2014

Feasibility of soil washing to remediate Hg contaminated soil was studied. Dry sieving was performed to evaluate Hg distribution in soil particle size fractions. The influence of dissolved organic matter and chlorides on Hg dissolution was assessed by batch leaching tests. Mercury mobilization in the pH range of 3-11 was studied by pH-static titration. Results showed infeasibility of physical separation via dry sieving, as the least contaminated fraction exceeded the Swedish generic guideline value for Hg in soils. Soluble Hg did not correlate with dissolved organic carbon in the water leachate. The highest Hg dissolution was achieved at pH 5 and 11, reaching up to 0.3% of the total Hg. The pH adjustment was therefore not sufficient for the Hg removal to acceptable levels. Chlorides did not facilitate Hg mobilization under acidic pH either. Mercury was firmly bound in the studied soil thus soil washing might be insufficient method to treat the studied soil. © 2014 The Authors.


Von Hagke C.,Helmholtz Center Potsdam | Von Hagke C.,California Institute of Technology | Cederbom C.E.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Oncken O.,Helmholtz Center Potsdam | And 3 more authors.
Tectonics | Year: 2012

The evolution of the Central Alpine deformation front (Subalpine Molasse) and its undeformed foreland is recently debated because of their role for deciphering the late orogenic evolution of the Alps. Its latest exhumation history is poorly understood due to the lack of late Miocene to Pliocene sediments. We constrain the late Miocene to Pliocene history of this transitional zone with apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He data. We used laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry for apatite fission track dating and compare this method with previously published and unpublished external detector method fission track data. Two investigated sections across tectonic slices show that the Subalpine Molasse was tectonically active after the onset of folding of the Jura Mountains. This is much younger than hitherto assumed. Thrusting occurred at 10, 8, 6-5Ma and potentially thereafter. This is contemporaneous with reported exhumation of the External Crystalline Massifs in the central Alps. The Jura Mountains and the Subalpine Molasse used the same detachments as the External Crystalline Massifs and are therefore kinematically coupled. Estimates on the amount of shortening and thrust displacement corroborate this idea. We argue that the tectonic signal is related to active shortening during the late stage of orogenesis. © 2012. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.


Dahlin T.,Lund University | Lofroth H.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Schalin D.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Suer P.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute
Near Surface Geophysics | Year: 2013

Quick clay has a major impact on landslide risk and it is therefore of considerable interest to map its presence and extent. In Sweden, quick clay has been involved in most landslides in soft clay with serious consequences. The predominant method for detection of quick clay in Sweden has been to take undisturbed samples and to perform fall-cone tests on the clay in its undisturbed and remoulded state. Originally deposited in saltwater in a marine environment, the salt maintains the stability of the clay. When the salt is leached out, the clay can become quick. When salt is leached from clay of marine origin the resistivity increases. In this study the intention was to calibrate electrical imaging with cone penetration tests with resistivity measurements (CPTU-R) and measurement of the total penetration resistance, i.e. the total rod friction, together with both geotechnical and chemical analyses on specimens in the laboratory. The results show that electrical imaging can be used for separation of leached soil volumes in marine clays that may form quick clay, from those where the salt content remains too high for this. In the dry crust and thin weathered zone at the top, the resistivity is high but the clay is non-quick. Also soils with less clay content will have higher resistivity without being quick. The technique may thus be used as a screening tool in order to delimit areas where further investigations are needed from areas that do not require more attention. This has a potential of saving significant resources if used in a relatively early stage of the survey process. It can also increase the overall quality and reliability of the survey results. The induced polarization (IP) results are consistent and seem to be geologically realistic, and appear to contain additional information to the resistivity that is related to material or electrochemical properties, although it is not clear how due to lack of sufficiently detailed reference data. The electrical imaging gives a general picture of the variation in resistivity along soil sections. The CPTU-R gives variations at depth with very high vertical resolution in one specific location. There is generally good agreement between the models based on electrical imaging and the CPTU-R. The CPTU-R results may be used to calibrate the electrical imaging results with quick clay estimations based on rod friction. © 2013 European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.


Goransson G.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Larson M.,Lund University | Althage J.,DHI Water - Environment - Health
Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering | Year: 2014

Ship-generated waves were investigated in the Göta älv river, which is a major waterway on the Swedish west coast between the sea and Lake Vänern. Ships with a typical size of 85×15×5m(length×width×draft) travel at speeds between 5 and 10 knots, generating waves that cause sediment transport and erosion along the river bed and banks. Field measurements of the wave properties and turbidity were carried out during 17 ship passages, and comparisons were made with the most commonly used formulas for predicting ship waves. The formula proposed by the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses yielded the overall best agreement for the divergent (secondary) waves, whereas the drawdown (primary wave) could best be estimated from the vessel sinkage. The maximum recorded turbidity was mainly a function of the drawdown, and it could be well predicted from the parameterized bed shear stress. In conclusion, ship waves often induce bed and bank erosion in restricted waterways and, although simplistic formulas involve significant uncertainties, they are still useful tools for predictions. However, more studies are needed to determine the influence of a limited river cross section on the wave generation and the relationship between ship waves and sediment transport. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.


Suer P.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Andersson-Skold Y.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute
Biomass and Bioenergy | Year: 2011

The environmental consequences of soil remediation through biofuel or through dig-and-dump were compared using life cycle assessment (LCA). Willow (Salix viminalis) was actually grown in-situ on a discontinued oil depot, as a phytoremediation treatment. These data were used for the biofuel remediation, while excavation-and-refill data were estimated from experience. The biofuel remediation had great environmental advantages compared to the ex situ excavation remediation. With the ReCiPe impact assessment method, which included biodiversity, the net environmental effect was even positive, in spite of the fact that the wood harvest was not utilised for biofuel production, but left on the contaminated site. Impact from the Salix viminalis cultivation was mainly through land use for the short rotation coppice, and through journeys of control personnel. The latter may be reduced when familiarity with biofuel as a soil treatment method increases. The excavation-and-refill remediation was dominated by the landfill and the transport of contaminated soil and backfill. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Ahnberg H.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Holmen M.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Ground Improvement | Year: 2011

Soil stabilisation by deep mixing is performed to improve the strength and compression properties of soft soils. The determination of strength and of deformation moduli of stabilised soils in the laboratory can be performed in different ways. In addition to the unconfined compression test, which is the most common method for routine testing, seismic non-destructive methods may be employed. In order to evaluate strength parameters from these methods, correlations between the wave velocity and the undrained shear strength are required. At the Swedish Geotechnical Institute, the unconfined compression tests have routinely been preceded by shear wave velocity measurements with bender elements and resonant column free-free test to determine the shear wave and compression wave velocities in the same test specimens. This has allowed comparisons to be made of the results obtained with the two test methods. Fairly good and reliable relations between shear wave velocity and undrained shear strength have been established for stabilised clays of initial medium and high plasticity.


Josefsson S.,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | Arp H.P.H.,Norwegian Geotechnical Institute | Kleja D.B.,Swedish Geotechnical Institute | Kleja D.B.,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | And 2 more authors.
Chemosphere | Year: 2015

Oxygenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (oxy-PAHs) are a class of ubiquitously occurring pollutants of which little is known. They can be co-emitted with PAHs or formed from PAHs in the environment. The environmental fate and risk of oxy-PAHs are difficult to assess due to a lack of methods to quantify their pore water concentrations. One sampler that can be used to determine freely dissolved concentrations of organic contaminants is polyoxymethylene (POM). In this study, POM - water partition coefficients (KPOM) were determined for 11 oxy-PAHs. KPOM values of 8 PAHs with similar hydrophobicities as the oxy-PAHs were determined for comparison. Results showed that logKPOM values ranged from 2.64 to 4.82 for the PAHs (2-4 rings), similar to previously determined values. LogKPOM values for investigated oxy-PAHs ranged from 0.96 to 5.36. The addition of carbonylic oxygen on a parent PAH generally lowered KPOM by 0.5 to 1.0 log units, which is attributable to the presence of carbonylic oxygens increasing water solubility. The KPOM values presented here will facilitate simultaneous assessments of freely dissolved water concentrations of oxy-PAHs and PAHs in environmental media. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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