Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 265–273 | Cite as

Predicting the Uniaxial Compressive and Tensile Strengths of Gypsum Rock by Point Load Testing

  • M. Heidari
  • G. R. Khanlari
  • Mehdi Torabi Kaveh
  • S. Kargarian
Technical Note


Gypsum rock Uniaxial compressive strength Brazilian tensile strength Point load strength index 


  1. ASTM (1986) Standard test method of unconfined compressive strength of intact rock core specimens. D2938Google Scholar
  2. ASTM (2001a) 08 Standard test method for splitting tensile strength of intact rock core specimens. D3967. 95(a)Google Scholar
  3. ASTM (2001b) Standard method for determination of the point load strength index of rock. ASTM Standards on Disc 04.08. Designation D5731Google Scholar
  4. ASTM (2010) Standard test method for compressive strength and elastic moduli of intact rock core specimens under varying states of stress and temperatures D7012Google Scholar
  5. Barla M, Camusso M, Aiassa S (2006) Analysis of jacking forces during microtunnelling in limestone. Tunn Undergr Space Technol 21:668–683CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Bieniawski ZT (1975) The point load test in geotechnical practice. Eng Geol Sept 11:1–11CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Broch E, Franklin JA (1972) The point load strength test. Int J Rock Mech Min Sci 28:669–697Google Scholar
  8. Chau KT (1998) Analytic solutions for diametral point load strength tests. J Eng Mech ASCE 124(8):875–883CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Chau KT, Wei XX (2001) A new analytic solution for the diametral point load strength test on nite solid circular cylinders. Int J Solids Struct 23:1459–1481CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Irfan TY (1996) Mineralogy, fabric properties and classification of weathered granites in Hong Kong. Q J Eng Geol 29:5–35CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. ISRM (1981) Rock characterization, testing and monitoring, ISRM suggested methods. In: Brown ET (ed), Pergamon Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  12. ISRM (1978) Suggested methods for determining tensile strength of rock materials. Suggested method for determining indirect tensile strength by Brazilian test. Commission on Standardization of Laboratory and Field Tests. Z.T. Bieniawski and I. Haweks. Int J Rock Mech Min Sci Geomech Abstr 15:102–103Google Scholar
  13. ISRM (1985) Suggested method for determining point load strength. Int J Rock Mech Min Sci Geomech Abstr 22:51–60CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. James GA, Wynd JG (1965) Stratigraphic nomenclature of Iranian oil consortium agreement area. Am Assoc Petroleum Geol Bull 49(12):2182–2245Google Scholar
  15. Palchik V, Hatzor YH (2004) The influence of porosity on tensile and compressive strength of porous chalk. Rock Mech Rock Eng 37(4):331–341CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Pells PJN (1975) The use of the point load test in predicting the compressive strength of rock materials. Aust Geomech J 65(1):54–56Google Scholar
  17. Read JRL, Thornton PN, Regan WM (1980) A rational approach to the point load test. In: Proc. Aust.-NZ Geomechanics Conf. Wellington, vol 2, pp 35–39Google Scholar
  18. Setudehnia A, OB-Perry GT (1966) Geological map of Gachsaran, Iranian Oil Operating Companies (IOOC), 1,100,000Google Scholar
  19. Slinger F, Crichton RC (1959) The geology and development of Gachsaran field, southwest Iran. In: Proc. Fifth world petroleum Congo. Sec., vol 18, pp 349–375Google Scholar
  20. Sonmez H, Tuncay E, Gokceoglu C (2004) Models to predict the uniaxial compressive strength and the modulus of elasticity for Ankara agglomerate. Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci 41(5):717–729CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Sonmez H, Gokceoglu C, Medley EW, Tuncay E, Nefeslioglu HA (2006) Estimating the uniaxial compressive strength of a volcanic bimrock. Int J Rock Mech Min Sci 43(4):554–561CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Valley B, Suorineni FT, Kaiser PK (2010) Numerical analyses of the effect of heterogeneities on rock failure process. In: 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US Canada Symposium, pp 10–648Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Heidari
    • 1
  • G. R. Khanlari
    • 1
  • Mehdi Torabi Kaveh
    • 1
  • S. Kargarian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology, Faculty of SciencesBu-Ali Sina UniversityHamedanIran

Personalised recommendations