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Microcrack pattern propagations and rock quality designation of Batu Caves limestone


Mohd Pauzi, Nur Irfah and Omar, Husaini and Kim Huat, Bujang and Misran, Halina and Md Yusoff, Zainuddin (2011) Microcrack pattern propagations and rock quality designation of Batu Caves limestone. Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 16 (bund. F). pp. 591-604. ISSN 1089-3032


Microcrack pattern of limestone with various grade of natural weathering were studied to examine the microcrack initiation and propagations in relation to Rock Quality Designation (RQD) and shear strength parameters such as shear stress and normal stress. The degree of natural weathering were determined using Schmidt hammer test and it was found that as the weathering grade increased from grade I to grade IV, the microcrack length changed from ca. 500 μm to a longer length of ca. 800 μm. The increased in microcrack length were coupled with the increased in width of the cracks as observed using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Furthermore, it was suggested that the microcrack length of limestone is inversely proportional to RQD value with confidence level of 60%. However, the microcrack length of limestone was observed to be directly proportional with shear stress and normal stress with confidence level of 95% and 99% respectively.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
Keywords: Microcrack propagations of limestone; Rock quality designation; Grade of weathering; Scanning electron microscope
Depositing User: Muizzudin Kaspol
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 02:27
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 04:20
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/23224
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