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Application of non-destructive methods for testing of index properties of gneissic rocks in large-scale geotechnical investigations

Show simple item record Samaradivakara, GVI 2011-06-23T05:45:15Z 2011-06-23T05:45:15Z
dc.description.abstract There is an abundance of gneissic rock formations found in Sri Lanka. Gneiss is a banded rock with fairly continuos segregation of different minerals. Foundations of most of the large-scale civil engineering structures are extended up to or into the fresh gneissic rocks. Especially, the foundation of dams, bridges and high rise buildings are extended into fresh rock. In such large-scale geotechnical investigations, boreholes are advanced up to the interested depth of exploration and rock coring is compulsorily done using rotary core drilling machines. Borehole logging is followed by arranging the laboratory testing programme for testing of soil and rock materials. Hence the identification of engineering behaviour of gneissic rocks at the detailed investigation stage is a prime necessity in such projects. Laboratory testing of a large number of rock samples is time consuming and expensive. The general practice of selection of representative rock samples on visual inspection followed by laboratory destructive testing may not lead to a precise interpretation of engineering properties of the entire subsurface rock strata. Non-destructive testing of gneissic rock is identified as a fast and effective method of selection of representative rock samples for a laboratory-testing programme. A 100m deep exploratory rock core of diameter 54mm was selected for this research. More than two hundred samples were prepared and subjected to three different nondestructive tests, followed by destructive tests. Depending on the results of the study, samples having distinct characteristics could easily be identified. In particular, the strata having low compressive strength were clearly identified and hence those samples could be specified for destructive tests. The findings of this research will be immensely helpful to organise laboratory testing programmes on rock samples effectively and economically especially in large scale geotechnical investigations.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Application of non-destructive methods for testing of index properties of gneissic rocks in large-scale geotechnical investigations
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MEng en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US 2004
dc.identifier.accno 82433 en_US

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