Influence of thermal damage on the physical and mechanical properties of carbonate rocks

Sengun N.

ARABIAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES, vol.7, no.12, pp.5543-5551, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12517-013-1177-x
  • Page Numbers: pp.5543-5551


In this study, physical and mechanical properties of six carbonate rocks (two marbles, two low-porous limestones and two high-porous limestones) were studied under the influence of temperatures ranging from 105 to 600 A degrees C. It was found that the values of bulk density, P wave velocity, uniaxial compressive strength, modulus of elasticity, Brazilian tensile strength and Shore hardness decreased to different extent, whilst apparent porosity increased under the influence of heat up to 600 A degrees C. The results indicated a maximum decrease of 62-82 % in modulus of elasticity and the least reduction of 1.2-2.7 % in bulk density of carbonate rocks. Moreover, the uniaxial compressive strength, Brazilian tensile strength, P wave velocity and Shore hardness values decreased by 27-51, 28-75, 36-69 and 10-40 %, respectively. Moreover, increase in apparent porosity values of tested rocks with very high porosity was the least, whereas the apparent porosity values of low-porous rocks increased up to ten times of initial value.