Aeonian Brick Stabilizer is an Ion Exchange Resin (IER). It is differentiated from normal chemical stabilizers due to the use of water-soluble sulphonated oils. These sulphonated oils are weak organic bases, and when combined with a strong sulphuric acid, forms into a weaker species, resulting in a weaker acid with useful properties. These oils are very effective as soil electrolytes because of their high chemical stability, great affinity to ringed structures and associated metal ions, and also for their powerful ionizing capability.
When Aeonian Brick Stabilizer is sprayed on clay in the presence of water, H ions are released which are highly stable, have a double ringed structure and a compact size. These ions travel through the clay lattice from several inches to several feet.
The basic chemical reaction in the clay platelet is a change in particle charges that releases free water in the lattice. A secondary benefit is a realignment of the overall structure of the lattice. This change in particle charge and destruction of the capillaries and voids, allows the treated soil mass to resist the re-introduction of water.
Clay particles contain an excess of negative ions. The ions, like platelets along the lineal surfaces of the clay, readily polarize water molecules and bond with the positively charged hydrogen. Aeonian Brick stabilizer possesses an enormous potential for ionic exchange. It activates water’s H+ ions and (OH)-, causing a vigorous exchange of electrical charges with the clay particles. Water bound to clay, breaks its electrochemical bonds and drains away through gravity, evaporation and compaction. Aeonian Brick Stabilizer permanently neutralizes the sites on the clay platelets that otherwise attract and bind with water. Once absorbed water separates in this irreversible process, clay particles compact through compression to create a highly dense mass, practically eliminating porosity, capillary and swell potential.
The cationic effect on the clay balances the overabundance of anionic sites on the platelets causing the platelets to attract each other instead of the water. During compaction, the platelets re-align; adding strength and stability to the brick, thus providing a permanent solution to the damaging effects of swell and consolidation associated with expansive clay in compressed earth bricks and even fired bricks.