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An investigation into the influence of size on the mechanical properties of aggregates

Étude de l'influence de la taille des granulats sur leurs propriétés mécaniques


Tests have been carried out according to British Standard BS 812-1975 on non-standard and standard size aggregates to study the influence of aggregate size on mechanical properties. Dolerite, granite, limestone aggregates of different sizes have been tested. No basic relations have been found between elongation index, IE, and flakiness index, IF, and the different aggregate sizes. Aggregate impact value, AIV, aggregate crushing value, ACV, and 10 per cent fines loads, however, are aggregate size dependent. Tests on larger aggregate sizes give higher test values, whereas tests on smaller aggregate sizes give lower values than test results for standard size aggregates. For each rock type there is a different set of sieve sizes, from those recommended in BS 812-1975, which give the same values as the standard sieve sizes. Additionally, relations have been determined for the mechanical test results for the different size aggregates.


Des essais ont été réalisés selon la norme britannique BS 812-1975 sur des granulats à granularité normalisée ou non pour étudier l'influence de la taille des granulats sur leurs propriétés mécaniques. Des granulats doléritiques, granitiques et calcaires de granularités variées ont été soumis aux essais. Aucune corrélation n'a été trouvée entre l'indice d'allongement IE et d'aplatissement IF et les différentes classes granulaires. Par contre, les coefficients de résistance aux chocs AIV, de résistance au broyage ACV et l'essai des 10% de fines dépendent de la taille des granulats. Les valeurs obtenues sur des granulats plus grossiers sont plus élevées alors que celles obtenues sur des granulats plus fins sont plus basses que celles obtenues sur les granulats normalisés. Pour chaque type de roches on utilise un jeu de tamis différent de ceux recommandés dans la norme BS 812-1975 mais qui donnent les mêmes valeurs que la gamme de tamis normalisée.

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Turk, N., Dearman, W.R. An investigation into the influence of size on the mechanical properties of aggregates. Bulletin of the International Association of Engineering Geology 38, 143–149 (1988).

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  • Rock Type
  • Aggregate Size
  • Crushed Rock
  • Sieve Size
  • Aggregate Impact