Intact rock triaxial compression strength properties of Soma marls with calcite filled joints, in Turkey

EMİR E., Beyhan S.

European Rock Mechanics Symposium (EUROCK 2010), Lausanne, Switzerland, 15 - 18 June 2010, pp.67-68 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Lausanne
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-68
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


In mining projects, intact rock properties which are necessary for rock mass behavior can be determined by triaxial compression strength tests. Soma is one of the important coal basin where is 90km away from Manisa city in Turkey. In this basin, there are lots of open pits and underground coal mines. The marl formation of this area is the hangingwall of the main coal seam. This study is based on the concept of the intact rock properties' being representative for the marl rock mass. Soma marl includes calcite filled joints which are in different directions and 1-5 mm thickness. In this study, while these joints are not being as weakness planes, rather than considering these joints as discontinuities, it is suggested to take them into account in intact rock structure. As a conclusion, following intact rock properties were proposed for Soma region marl: as 86.82 MPa for the uniaxial compression strength, as 11.01 for the Hoek-Brown material constant, as 17.13 MPa for the cohesion and as 43.99 degrees for the internal friction angle.