Estimating the Uniaxial Compressive Strength of Argillites Using Brazilian Tensile Strength, Ultrasonic Wave Velocities, and Elastic Properties

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modified from Iyare et al. 2020). a NHS7; b–f NHS1, NHS3, NHS4, and NHS14; g NHS13 and h NHS10. The lithofacies are color coded: Lithofacies a = green; Lithofacies b = red; Lithofacies c = black; and Lithofacies d = blue. Qz Quartz, Cm Chert matrix, Nc Nodular Chert, Op Oil particle, Ca Calcite filled fracture, CQ Calcite-Quartz matrix, Fo Oil-filled fracture, Os Oil stain, Fm Foraminifera, Bc Bioclasts (color figure online)

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Abbreviations

L:

Sample length

t:

Travel time

V p :

P-wave velocity

V s :

S-wave velocity

E s :

Static Young’s modulus

E d :

Dynamic Young’s modulus

v s :

Static Poisson’s ratio

v d :

Static Poisson’s ratio

Φ:

Porosity

ρB :

Bulk density

UCS :

Uniaxial compressive strength

TS :

Tensile strength

Si :

Silica

Cal :

Carbonate

Clay :

Clay

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We would like to thank the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago, Engineering Institute, Faculty of Engineering, and Campus Research and Publication Fund Committee, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, for funding this research.

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Iyare, U.C., Blake, O.O. & Ramsook, R. Estimating the Uniaxial Compressive Strength of Argillites Using Brazilian Tensile Strength, Ultrasonic Wave Velocities, and Elastic Properties. Rock Mech Rock Eng (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-020-02358-y

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Keywords

  • Uniaxial compressive strength
  • Brazilian tensile strength
  • P-wave and S-wave velocities
  • Elastic properties
  • Argillites