Geotechnical properties of silica gels

Magued Iskander, Samer Sadek, Louis Ge

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Silica gel is a colloidal form of silica, which resembles coarse white sand. It is primarily used as a desiccant for packaging. When mixed with a pore fluid having a matched refractive index it resembles transparent sand. In this chapter, the physical, geotechnical, and dynamic properties of some silica gels are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModelling with Transparent soils
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9783642025006
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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