American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Appraisal of Thermal Properties of Mud in the Ariake Sea, Japan

M. Azizul Moqsud, Shigenori Hayashi, Yan Jun Du and Daisuke Suetsugu

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2008.129.135

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 2

Pages 129-135

Abstract

In order to explore the thermal properties of the Ariake Sea mud and to find out the affecting factors which affect these values, a portable thermal properties analyzer was used. Thermal conductivity, thermal resistivity, thermal diffusivity and volumetric heat capacity of the mud samples collected from both the tidal flat and inside the deep sea were measured in the laboratory. The thermal properties of mud collected from tidal flat showed a different trend from the mud collected from inside the sea due to the enough exposure to the sunlight and vigorous exchange of sea water in the tidal flat. Thermal conductivity of the Ariake mud was reduced 85-90% after it was oven dried and was increased up to 30% after the ignition loss test. Thermal resistivity of the Ariake mud increased dramatically after oven dried and it was less affected by the organic matter content. Thermal diffusivity was decreased 10-30% after oven dry however it increased up to 40% after the ignition loss test. The volumetric heat capacity of the Ariake mud was reduced up to 90% and increased 40% after the oven dry and ignition loss, respectively.

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© 2008 M. Azizul Moqsud, Shigenori Hayashi, Yan Jun Du and Daisuke Suetsugu. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.