Engineering Geological Properties of Some Domestic Marbles

국내산(國內産) 대리석(大理石)의 지질공학적(地質工學的) 특성(特性)

  • Cheong, Young Wook (Dept. of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering, Seoul National Univ.) ;
  • Chon, Hyo Taek (Dept. of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering, Seoul National Univ.)
  • 정영욱 (서울대학교 자원공학과) ;
  • 전효택 (서울대학교 자원공학과)
  • Received : 1990.10.23
  • Published : 1990.08.31


Mechanical, physical and petrographic properties of seventeen marble specimens collected from ten marble mines in Korea were investigated. Studied marbles were mainly composed of calcite, dolomite, and various amounts of serpentine, tremolite, olivine, quartz and opaque minerals. Complete and sutured textures were dominant. Compressive strength measured normal to the bedding plane is larger almost two times than that measured parallel to the bedding plane. From the results of Shore hardness test on marbles, water content was an important factor to decrease Shore hardness values. Engineering geological properties, especially, compressive strength, Young's modulus, wear resistance and water absorption could be controlled by the presence of quartz, and the type of marble texture. Water absorption-porosity, compressive strength-Young's modulus, and impact strength index-Los Angeles abrasion couples show good correlation. According to the comparative utility as commercial stone, it could be concluded that marbles from the Banglim mine, Songbo mine, Kwangdeok mine and Bongjeong mine were superior to that of other studied marbles.