Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Faculty of Mining, Petroleum & Geophysics Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran

2 School of Mining, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran.

4 Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy, Urmia University of Technology, Urmia, Iran.


One of the most crucial factors involved in the optimum design and cost estimation of rock sawing process is the rock abrasivity that could result in a significant cost increase. Various methods including direct and indirect tests have been introduced in order to measure rock abrasivity. The Schimazek’s F-abrasiveness factor ( ) is one of the most common indices to assess rock abrasivity.  is the function of three rock parameters including the Brazilian tensile strength ( ), median grain size ( ), and equivalent quartz content ( ). By considering its formulation, it has been revealed that the coefficient of each parameter is equal, which is not correct because each parameter plays a different role in the rock abrasion process. This work aims to modify the original form of  by introducing three correction factors. To calculate these correction factors, an integrated method based on a combination of the statistical analysis and probabilistic simulation is applied to a dataset of 15 different andesite rocks. Based on the results obtained, the values of -0.36, 0.3, and -0.89 are suggested as the correction factors of ,  and , respectively. The performance of the modified Schimazek’s F-abrasiveness factor ( ) is checked not only by the wear rate of diamond wire but also by the cutting rate of the wire sawing process of Andesite rocks. The results obtained indicate that the wear rate and cutting rate of andesite rocks can be reliably predicted using . However, it should be noted that this work is a preliminary one on the limited rock types and further studies are required by incorporating different rock types.


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