Quality Assessment of Geo-Materials for Coastal Structures (Yumurtalik, Turkey)

Özvan A., Dincer I., Acar A.

MARINE GEORESOURCES & GEOTECHNOLOGY, vol.29, no.4, pp.299-316, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/1064119x.2011.555699
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.299-316
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Rubble mound breakwater is one of the most important coastal engineering structures for shore and harbor protection. Standard rock quality evaluation processes were performed on massive basalt, vesicular basalt, crystallized limestone, and micritic limestone from southeast of Turkey. The rock types were evaluated within five different rock quality classification systems (CIRIA, CUR, CETMEF 2007; Lienhart 1998; Winkler 1986; Fookes et al. 1988; BS 812). The methods of CIRIA, CUR, CETMEF (2007) and Lienhart (1998) were shown to be more successful than other methods, which are insufficient to explain rock quality. Massive basalt and micritic limestone can be used as armourstone, filter layer, and core materials, but vesicular and crystallized limestone provided engineering requirements for only core materials. Vesicular basalt and crystalline limestone exhibited few poor features in terms of strength, such as iddingsite, stylolites, and micro cracks. These features can favorably affect rock strength, and oppositely affect rock quality.