Taylor, Cripps and Clarke (University of Sheffield) have published a paper on the identification of pyrite induced heave using chemical and structural assessments. The authors consider the use of chemical and structural assessments to determine whether pyritic heave caused structural damage in a number of case studies.
The paper, titled “The identification of pyrite induced foundation heave by chemical and structural assessments” follows prior research on the in-situ investigation of pyritic fill by the authors:
Taylor, A.J., Cripps, J.C., and Clarke, S.D. (2015). The effect of temperature and moisture content on the behaviour of pyritic fill: development of an in situ monitoring system.… Read the rest
Mourice Czerewko (AECOM) and John Cripps (University of Sheffield) have published a paper on the investigation of pyrite heave affecting properties in Dublin, Ireland. The authors report on a case study from north Dublin, where pyrite bearing fill had been used below the new-build property floor slabs.
“Although structural damage caused by the expansion of bedrock and fills due to the presence of pyrite has been documented internationally since the 1960s, there is an apparent lack of awareness of the potential for these problems in the construction industry, particularly the domestic housing sector.
“BS 5930:2015 deals with the investigation of sites in order to assess their suitability for construction and to identify the characteristics of a site that affect the design and construction of the project. It also considers related issues including the environment and the security of adjacent land and property.”
“This is a full revision of the standard and introduces some principal changes…” [including] “…Compliance with BS EN 1997-1 and BS EN 1997-2 and related test standards…” [and] “…New information on geophysical surveying and ground testing and updated guidance on desk studies, field reconnaissance, ground investigations on contaminated ground and ground affected by voids.”
Guidance on sulfur-species
BS 5930:2015 provides considerable additional guidance on the presence and assessment of sulfur-species in geological materials compared to the 1999 version.… Read the rest