Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 11, pp 3914–3922 | Cite as

Experimental characterization of the stress–strain behaviour of cemented paste backfill in compression

  • Mamadou FallEmail author
  • T. Belem
  • S. Samb
  • M. Benzaazoua


It is of great interest for economical and security reasons to understand the compressive properties of underground cemented paste backfill. In this paper, the stress–strain behaviours of cemented paste backfill (CPB) subjected to uniaxial compression and conventional triaxial tests are presented and discussed. The effect of CPB basic components, strength, ageing and confining pressure on the deformation behaviour of CPB are evaluated and discussed. The results show that the stress–strain behaviour of CPB is strongly influenced by the confinement, the age and strength of CPB, and its components. The increase in confining pressure leads to a change in the mode of failure, in the stiffness, and an increase in the strength.


Uniaxial Compressive Strength Peak Stress Triaxial Test Strain Behaviour Confinement Pressure 



The authors would like to acknowledge the IRSST (“Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en Sécurité du Travail”) and FUQAT for funding a part of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mamadou Fall
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. Belem
    • 2
  • S. Samb
    • 3
  • M. Benzaazoua
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.University of Quebec in Abitibi-TemiscamingueAbitibi-TemiscamingueCanada
  3. 3.École polytechnique de LausaneLausanneSwitzerland

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