Effect of water saturation on strength and deformability of building calcarenite stones: Correlations with their physical properties

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Title: Effect of water saturation on strength and deformability of building calcarenite stones: Correlations with their physical properties
Authors: Rabat Blázquez, Álvaro | Cano, Miguel | Tomás, Roberto
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Terreno y sus Estructuras (InTerEs)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil
Keywords: Calcarenite | Building stones | Water saturation | Physical properties | Mechanical properties
Knowledge Area: Ingeniería del Terreno
Issue Date: 30-Jan-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Construction and Building Materials. 2020, 232: 117259. doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117259
Abstract: Stone construction elements are frequently in moist environments or in direct contact with water. Design and test standards have traditionally ignored the water impact on rock materials. However, several studies have shown that moisture can cause drastic strength reductions and deformability increase in some sedimentary rocks. For that reason, the main objectives of this work are: a) to quantify and understand the influence of water saturation on strength and deformability of four porous calcarenite building stones widely used in SE Spain; b) to establish correlations between physical and mechanical properties of these rock materials in dry and saturated states and c) to compare the results with previous findings. The results showed a very significant reduction of mechanical properties such as unconfined compressive strength, Young’s modulus and point load strength index when these stones undergo saturated. In addition, significant correlations between physical properties (density, porosity, P wave velocity and dynamic elastic parameters) and the mentioned mechanical properties were established in dry and saturated conditions. Additionally, relationships among the mechanical properties of stones in both states are also proposed.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Transferencia del Conocimiento of the University of Alicante through Predoctoral grant FPUUA53-2018 and the projects UAUSTI18-21 and UAEEBB2018-09.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/98090
ISSN: 0950-0618 (Print) | 1879-0526 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117259
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117259
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