Investigation into relations between physical and electrical properties of rocks and concretes

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Sertçelik İ., Kurtulus C., Sertçelik F., Pekşen E., Aşcı M.

JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICS AND ENGINEERING, vol.15, pp.142-152, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1742-2140/aa87ca
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.142-152
  • Keywords: ultrasonic pulse velocity, uniaxial compressive strength, electrical resistivity, chargeability, UNIAXIAL COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH, P-WAVE VELOCITY, LIMESTONE
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


The physical and electrical properties of natural rocks, namely limestone, sandstone, amphibolite, arkose, schist, granite, basalt, and concrete were investigated in order to characterize the relationships between these properties. The measurements were conducted on 96 cylindrical specimens of limestone, sandstone, amphibolite, arkose, schist, granite, basalt, and 14 cubic concrete samples. Strong correlations between ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV), uniaxial compressive strength (UCS), electrical resistivity, and chargeability were confirmed. High correlation coefficients were observed among the properties, varying between 0.53 and 0.92 for all the rocks and concrete. Test results show the following relations among the corresponding parameters: the UPV increases with the increase in UCS, resistivity decreases with the decrease in chargeability for all rocks and concrete, and the electrical resistivities of rock and concrete decrease with the increase in chargeability.