The research related to mineral and rock durability consists in studying the relationship between the mineralogical and textural properties of rocks and their mid to long-term behavior in a construction context (cutslopes, embankments, aggregates, road pavements...). Those relationships are not evident, and the degradation processes occur in any type of geological formations, which involves a variety of lithologies and textures of a complexity that is not reflected in the simple terms used to designate them (i.e. claystones, siltstones, shales, basalts or granites). The approach usually involves 3 aspects: a) field work, in order to characterize the degree of durability and collect undisturbed samples; b) lab work, which includes mineralogical and petrographical studies through optical microscopes, X-ray diffraction, X- ray fluorescence, porosity determination... which are faced with durability analysis (slake durability test, micro-deval); c) office work, to interpret data and find the key mineralogical factors that influence rock durability, and correlate them with their physical properties. 

Talus C 25 Mostreig Cata C 25 Mostreig

Weathered cutslope showing exposedrock bolts.

     Sampling at the C-25 road.


Selected projects

 2008-2009 - Investigación sobre la degradación de taludes en rocas blandas. Fundación Bosch i Gimpera


Selected publications

Corominas, J.; Martínez-Bofill, J.; Soler, A (2015) A textural classification of argillaceous rocks and their durability. Landslides, 12, 669-687. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-014-0520-y