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 GEP  Vol.6 No.5 , May 2018
Geotechnical Behavior of Eastern Senegal Rock Mass Slopes by Geomechanical Classifications and Applications
Abstract: In Senegal, rock mechanic studies began in last four years and were a very new engineering domain. So, the first stage is to characterize geological materials. It is on this way that this work is done. This paper analyzes geomechanical parameters of sandstones of Dindifélo and basalt of Bafoundou belonging to the Proterozoic rocks domain of eastern Senegal. By Rock Mass Rating (RMR) and Geological Strength Index (GSI), sandstones of the Dindifello Cliff show fair to poor characteristics while basalts of the hills of Bafoundou are fair quality. In addition to the qualities of rock mass, Young moduli, uniaxial compressive strengths and tensile strength of rock mass are also defined using Rock Quality Designation (RQD) GSI, RMR. Hoek-Brown parameters m and a, depend both on the fracturation and the content fine in the rock. Values of mechanical parameters are different when deduced from RMR, GSI and from intact rock laboratory test. Those differences are due to variables taken account. The variation depends also on the quality of the rock. Statistical analysis shows possible unstabilities which depend on rock mass parameters but with acceptable probability of failure. Probability of failure is the highest when deducing from Mohr criterion than from Hoek-Brown criterion.
Cite this paper: Sarr, D. , Fall, M. , Sall, O. , Ngom, P. and Berthaud, Y. (2018) Geotechnical Behavior of Eastern Senegal Rock Mass Slopes by Geomechanical Classifications and Applications. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 6, 11-24. doi: 10.4236/gep.2018.65002.
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