Nail penetration test for determining the uniaxial compressive strength of rock


Kayabali K., Selcuk L.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES, vol.47, no.2, pp.265-271, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2009.09.010
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.265-271

Abstract

We offer a new and practical index test method, the nail penetration test (NPT), to estimate the UCS of intact rocks, to be used as alternative to the point load test (PLT) or Schmidt rebound hammer test (SRH). The major tools used in the investigation include a gasnailer with 130 J power and its nails ranging from 25 to 60 mm in length. The study material covers 65 rock blocks of gypsum, tuff, ignimbrite, andesite, sandstone, limestone, and marble. For the NPT, five nail shots were performed on each block sample and the average value was obtained. Two to three uniaxial compression tests were carried out on each specimen. Ten impacts were applied on rock blocks by using both the L- and N-types of SRH. Regarding the PLT, either 10 axial or 10 block tests was applied on each rock type.