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ISSN: 2168-9806

Journal of Powder Metallurgy & Mining

  • Research Article   
  • J Powder Metall Min 2017, Vol 6(3): 176
  • DOI: 10.4172/2168-9806.1000176

Investigations of Thermal Damage on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Gneiss Rock Specimen

Luc Leroy NM1,2*, Joseph NDOP1,3 and Bienvenu JM1
1Laboratory of Material Sciences, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé, , Cameroon
2School of Geology and Mining Engineering, University of Ngaoundéré, , Meiganga, Cameroon
3Douala Institute of Technology, , Douala, Cameroon
*Corresponding Author : Luc Leroy NM, Faculty of Sciences, Laboratory of Material Sciences, Department of Physics, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Tel: +237697419489, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 03, 2017 / Accepted Date: Aug 07, 2017 / Published Date: Aug 15, 2017

Abstract

The effect of thermal damage on the physical and mechanical properties of gneiss has been experimentally investigated. The cylindrical samples prepared from this rock were gradually heated to a specific temperature level of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 700, and 900°C and gradually cooled down to room temperature without causing thermal cracking in order to investigate the effect of thermal treatment on physical properties and mechanical properties. The mechanical tests conducted on the sample were the Brazilian test and the uniaxial compressive test. Microscopic analyses from thin section were done to better understand the reasons for the mechanical behavior observed from the mechanical test results. Our study confirms that the thermal treatment reduces the strength of gneiss and increases its porosity. Moreover, it is found that above 600°C of heating, gneiss rock specimens can loss 80% of its original mechanical performances. This is due to a micro crack network connection and their propagation. However between 300 and 400°C we observe an increase in the strength of gneiss. Microscopic examination shows the abundance of feldspar and pyroxene minerals in the gneiss, which in turn show high mineralogical phase changes at 300-400°C compared to change at temperatures above 400°C.

Keywords: Fneiss rock; Thin section; Porosity; Thermal damage; Tensile strength; Uniaxial compressive strength

Citation: Luc Leroy NM, Joseph NDOP, Bienvenu JM (2017) Investigations of Thermal Damage on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Gneiss Rock Specimen. J Powder Metall Min 6: 176. Doi: 10.4172/2168-9806.1000176

Copyright: ©2017 Luc Leroy NM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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