In situ testing of Gila Conglomerate with application to probabilistic slope stability
AuthorKidd, David Alan, 1956-
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AbstractIn this study the shear strength parameters for a consolidated, well-cemented boulder conglomerate at the Cyprus Miami Copper Mine are determined by a newly developed field test. The values obtained are used to investigate the probability of failure of pit slopes cut into the conglomerate. Any boulder conglomerate is impossible to test accurately with conventional laboratory techniques due to its large particle sizes and the destruction of cementation by conventional sampling methods. For these reasons a simple in situ test was developed which could be used in conjunction with laboratory techniques and analytical procedures to estimate the in situ strength properties of the Gila Conglomerate. The variability in the testing of the shear strength parameters of Gila Conglomerate make a probabilistic approach to design appropriate.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics