Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 1711–1721 | Cite as

Correlation Between P-Wave Velocity and Physical–Mechanical Properties of Intensely Jointed Dolostones, Peloritani Mounts, NE Sicily

  • Giovanna PappalardoEmail author
Technical Note


Understanding the fracture influence on the P-wave velocity and physical–mechanical properties of brittle rocks is very useful for geotechnical characterization in a number of engineering problems, e.g., slope stability, dam foundations, underground excavations, geothermal reservoirs, oil recovery, and nuclear waste disposal. After long-term geological evolutions and complicated conformations over millions of years, rocks have been submitted to accumulated stresses and there are various discontinuities at different scales, from meso- and microcracks to large faults and folds (Xie et al. 2011), affecting the rock mass behavior. Therefore, rock mass characterization is fundamental for a good assessment of its engineering properties. Moreover, the characterization of the intact rock, through laboratory tests on rock specimens (elementary volume), can play a significant role for a careful characterization of the rock type. Several authors (Han et al. 1986; Gaviglio 1989; Shon 1998...


Jointed dolostone Peloritani Mounts Physical rock properties Uniaxial compressive strength P-wave velocity North-Eastern Sicily 



The author would like to thank the Editor-in-Chief, Giovanni Barla, for his valuable suggestions in the first review phase of the manuscript, the anonymous referees for their interest in the topic and advice, Simone Mineo for his help during the preparation and revision of the paper, and Stephen Conway for having read the manuscript and improved the written English.


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e AmbientaliUniversità di CataniaCataniaItaly

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