Correlation between slake durability and rock properties for some carbonate rocks

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The paper reports a study to assess the relationship between slake durability indices and uniaxial compressive strength, Schmidt hardness, P-wave velocity, modulus of elasticity, effective porosity, water absorption and dry and saturated unit weight for seven types of carbonate rocks obtained from south west Turkey. It was found that the dry unit weight, saturated unit weight and Schmidt hardness gave the best relationship with first cycle slake durability (r = 0.99) while uniaxial compressive strength has a strong relationship with fourth cycle slake durability (r = 0.94). The results showed little difference in the correlation coefficients obtained after the fourth cycle. It is concluded that, for the rocks studied, the first and fourth cycles provide sufficiently good data on the durability for preliminary engineering/design works and that the second to fourth cycle results could be estimated using the first cycle slake durability index (r = 0.99-0.97).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbonates
  • Rock properties
  • Slake durability
  • Uniaxial compressive strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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