ENGINEERING PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED PROPERTIES OF UMM AL-JAMAL BASALTIC ROCKS, NE JORDAN

  • Qaher Al-Qadi Al-Qadi Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • Ahmad A. Al-Malabeh Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • Raja’ Hamed Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
  • Khaled Al-Zawahreh Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
Keywords: Um Al-Jamal, Basalt, Physical and mechanical properties, Constructions

Abstract

The main objective of this research is to study the engineering properties of Umm Al-Jamal basalt rocks. The basaltic rocks in Jordan are mainly of Tertiary - Quaternary age.

They occupy 18 % of Jordan.

 Physical and mechanical tests were done on samples of basaltic rocks of Umm Al-Jamal. Umm Al-Jamal basalt has consisted of eight thickly basaltic flows with a total thickness up to 300m. It was concluded that the physical-mechanical properties of the studied samples significantly influenced by their textures and hence the rock textures can be used as a preliminary predictive tool for assessing the performance of basalt in relation to specific manners and classified as 3-4 class type. They are characterized by high-density values and exhibit very low absorption percentages which fit well with the classification schemes of the international and local specification.

Published
2020-06-27