Geological and Engineering Geology Studies for EL-Burullus Power Plant Area, Kafr EL-Sheikh-Egypt

Document Type : Original Article


1 Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Civil Department, High Institute for Engineering and Technology, Al-Behira, Egypt.


This work aims to evaluate the engineering geological characteristics and hazards for the EL-Burullus Power Plant area. The values of effective diameter (D 10) are between 0.059m and 0.206mm, the coefficient of uniformity (Cu) is between 2.509mm and 8.417mm, the coefficient of curvature (Cc) is between 0.920mm and 3.901mm; friction angle ranged from 34° to 35.5°, bearing capacity is between 3.59 1Kg/cm² and 4.5 Kg/cm², the moisture content is between 30.22% and 57.20%, L.L is between 37.85% and 79.51%, P.L conclusions are between 19.55% and 28.25%, S.L is between 8.52% and 10.39% and free swelling conclusions are between 70% to 105%. Chemical analysis for samples reveals that the average of sulfate (So3) is 7526.5 ppm, the average of chlorides C (Cl) is 74900.5 ppm and the average of PH is 7.65. Most of the samples are highly aggressive. The calculated data of radioactivity reveal that, the values of the Raeq varied from 102.296 to 27.255 Bqkg-1with an average of 64.775 Bq kg-1. The highest limits eff. is 56.599 μSvyr-1, and the lowest is 17.245 μSvyr-1 with a mean average of 36.922 μSvyr-1. The results are less than the worldwide average. The average of the external hazard is 0.174. All conclusions are less than Unity recommends. So that the study area is safe from radiation.


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