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Fuzzy approach for preliminary design of weak rock slopes in lignite mines

Fuzzy approach for preliminary design of weak rock slopes in lignite mines Rock slope failure modes are either driven by structurally controlled mechanisms (planar, wedge, or toppling failure) or lean upon the highly jointed or weak rock mass (circular failure). Developing practical tools for preliminary slope design is a popular topic among geotechnical society. This study proposes a practical methodology to predict a safe overall slope angle for weak rock slopes of lignite mines. Rock mass rating (RMR) and slope mass rating (SMR) classification systems can be remarkably misleading for weak rocks. Fuzzy modification was proven to improve rock and slope quality predictions. In addition, structurally controlled failures can be estimated more precisely. Later, a popular slope performance chart of Bieniawski that is based on RMR was modified by the fuzzy approach, and the computer models of a weak rock mass failure in a Turkish lignite mine are presented. The modified methodology was proven to be better suited to the weak rock conditions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment Springer Journals

Fuzzy approach for preliminary design of weak rock slopes in lignite mines

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Earth Sciences; Geotechnical Engineering & Applied Earth Sciences; Geoengineering, Foundations, Hydraulics; Geoecology/Natural Processes; Nature Conservation
ISSN
1435-9529
eISSN
1435-9537
DOI
10.1007/s10064-017-1022-7
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Abstract

Rock slope failure modes are either driven by structurally controlled mechanisms (planar, wedge, or toppling failure) or lean upon the highly jointed or weak rock mass (circular failure). Developing practical tools for preliminary slope design is a popular topic among geotechnical society. This study proposes a practical methodology to predict a safe overall slope angle for weak rock slopes of lignite mines. Rock mass rating (RMR) and slope mass rating (SMR) classification systems can be remarkably misleading for weak rocks. Fuzzy modification was proven to improve rock and slope quality predictions. In addition, structurally controlled failures can be estimated more precisely. Later, a popular slope performance chart of Bieniawski that is based on RMR was modified by the fuzzy approach, and the computer models of a weak rock mass failure in a Turkish lignite mine are presented. The modified methodology was proven to be better suited to the weak rock conditions.

Journal

Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the EnvironmentSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 27, 2017

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