Microaggregate composition and other features of the loesses of Kryvyi Rih

Keywords: loess, fractal, granulometric composition, Kryvyi Rih


The study of the degradation of the properties of subsiding soils under the conditions of technogenesis led to the need for searching the relationship betweenchanges in the soil physical properties, deformability, strength and its dispersity. Many researchers focus on the influence of the soil microstructure and its changes on the processes of deformation and collapse. Current models of the distribution of particles and pores in various soil media, cavities of various origin and cracks are based on the theory of fractals. Techniques for a practical application of the theory to estimating the scope of work, calculating the indicators, and engineering-geological forecasting are being developed. The previous studies showed that the theory of fractals, applied to the investigation of subsidence degradation, allowed an assessment of deformations arising from the decomposition of microaggregates in loess deposits of the city of Dnipro. A long period analysis of changes in the properties of loess deposits on the territory of the city of Kryvyi Rih showed that the changes in physical properties and conditions had a regional character. The paper presents the results of experimental studies of the microaggregate composition of loess samples taken in the depth interval of 1 - 7 m in the zone of influence of Kryvyi Rih. The microaggregate composition was determined by the new method, which we tested while studying the loess of the city of Dnipro. The total number of particle size analyses performed was 128. The results of the analyses were used to estimate the fractal dimension of the function of particle distribution by volume. The values of the function vary slightly, but the nature of the changes differs depending on the method of sample preparation for the analysis and its dispersity. Strength indexes have been determined with Physical. It has been shown that there is a correlation between the content of fine particles and the values of limiting tangential stresses Indicators of the physical condition are the repressors of tangential stress values. According to the results of the correlation analysis, the values of the soil density, the upper and lower limits of plasticity, and the content of particles with a size of 0.05-0.001 mm and less than 0.001 mm were selected as repressors.

Author Biography

T. P. Mokritskaya
Oles Gonchar Dnipro National University


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How to Cite
Mokritskaya, T. (2019). Microaggregate composition and other features of the loesses of Kryvyi Rih. Journal of Geology, Geography and Geoecology, 28(1), 133-139. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.15421/111914