SEM studies of stressed and irradiated Climax Stock quartz monzonite [report]

J.M. Beiriger, W.B. Durham
1984 unpublished
In an effort to find the mechanism by which gamma irradiation weakens the unconfined compressive strength of Climax Stock quartz monzonite (CSQM), sections of rock which had been irradiated and loaded to near failure were studied by scanning electron microscopy and compared to sections of rock which had been loaded but not irradiated. The quantities measured and compared were numbers and lengths of microfractures in the rock. We found that the crack parameters depended neither on irradiation
more » ... r on irradiation treatment nor even on stress history, except in one sample which actually failed. By comparison to cracks counted in other granites by other workers, the crack statistics on CSQM are much noisier and much less indicative of stress history. CSQM is structurally more heterogeneous than the other granites, which is probably the cause of the greater noise level.
doi:10.2172/59311 fatcat:sgwosxfoxrg23i7p4busj7wpti