Suction and Collapse of Lumpy Spoilheaps in Northwestern Bohemia

  • Vladislava Herbstová
  • Jan Boháč
  • Ivo Herle
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 112)


Large spoilheaps of overburden from open-cast coal mining in Northwestern Bohemia offer a space for development. However, they exhibit unfavourable features such as collapse potential caused by the lumpy structure with high overall void ratios. Suction oscillations contribute to the structure degradation by the intervoids closure. The paper presents in-situ suction monitoring and laboratory investigation of the collapse potential of spoilheaps.

Key Words

lumpy structure intervoids closure suction collapse potential 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladislava Herbstová
    • 1
  • Jan Boháč
    • 1
  • Ivo Herle
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Engineering GeologyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institut for GeotechnikTechnical University DresdenDresdenGermany

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