Correlation of mineralogical and textural characteristics with engineering properties of selected granitic rocks from Turkey

Tugrul A., Zarif I.

ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, vol.51, pp.303-317, 1999 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0013-7952(98)00071-4
  • Title of Journal : ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.303-317


Granitic rocks show a variety of engineering properties that may affect quarrying operations, tunneling, mining, slope stability and the use of rock as a construction material. The physical and mechanical properties are a function of the miaeralogical and textural characteristics of the rock. The purpose of this study is to apply correlation analysis to investigate the relationships between petrographical and engineering properties of granitic rocks. A variety of granitic rock samples from different parts of Turkey were subjected to petrographic studies. The same samples were then tested to determine specific gravity, dry and saturated unit weight, water absorption, effective and total porosity, sonic velocity, Schmidt hardness, point load strength index, uniaxial compressive strength, tensile strength and modulus of elasticity. The relationships between these properties and the pettrographical characteristics are described by simple regression analyses. The study revealed that the influence of the textural characteristics on the engineering properties appears to be more important than the mineralogy. It also determined that the types of contacts, grain (mineral) shape and size significantly influence the engineering properties of the granitic rocks. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.