RESERVE ESTIMATION OF LATE MIOCENE INJANA CLAYSTONE BEDS FOR PORTLAND CEMENT AND BRICK INDUSTRY, MIDDLE OF IRAQ

  • Ali M. Awad Department of Geology, College of Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Salih Muhammad Awadh Department of Geology, College of Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Keywords: Reserve estimation, Portland cement, Brick, Injana claystone

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate the Late Miocene clay for manufacturing cement and bricks as an alternative to the recent clays from the agricultural land that are used typically for agricultural purposes. The claystone beds of the Injana Formation (middle of Iraq) was studied over 18 exposed sections, and sampled by using the trench sampling method. The industrial bed was determined as upper and lower beds. The upper industrial bed has different thicknesses varies from 1.0 m to 4.5 m, with an average of about 3.16 m and area of 576x106 m2.  The lower claystone bed ranges from 2.0 m to 4.0 m with an average of about 2.7 m, and area 453614x103 m2. The clay reserve is characterized by a total area 1,029,614x103 m2, total volume 3,044,917,800 m3, bulk density 1.68 gm/cm3, and the average of compressive strength 154 (Kg/cm²). The total volume of overburden and inner burden is 1364676 x103 m3 with stripping ratio of the overburden 0.3. The estimation of the reserve of the claystone beds is 5,663,547,108 tons using the GIS method and 5,694,522,037 tons by triangles methods and classified as a C1 class based on the Russian system.

Published
2020-04-29