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Properties of Tuff

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Thermal and physical properties of Tuff. Properties of Tuff </>
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Properties that are measurable or whose values describe a state of a physical system of Tuff. Physical Properties of Tuff
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Measure of ease with which a smooth surface of a rock can be scratched, or of its resistance to abrasion. It is measured on Moh’s Hardness scale. Hardness
4-6
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Size of individual mineral crystals in Tuff. Grain Size
Fine Grained
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Cracking or breaking of Tuff. Fracture
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Uneven fracture is a rough surface or one with random irregularities.Uneven
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Color of Tuff when powdered. Streak
White
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Porosity of Tuff is the quality of being porous, or full of tiny holes. Porosity
Highly Porous
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Interaction of light with the surface of Tuff. Luster
Vitreous to Dull
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Resistance applied by Rocks to break under compression. Compressive Strength
243.80 N/mm2
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Forms due to deformation and metamorphism in Tuff. Cleavage
Not Available
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Ability to absorb energy and plastically deform without fracturing. Toughness
Not Available
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Ratio of density of Tuff to the density of reference rock. Specific Gravity
2.73
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Degree to which light can pass through a rock. Transparency
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A rock is said to be opaque if it blocks all the rays of light to pass through it.Opaque
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Degree of compactness of a rock. Density
1-1.8 g/cm3
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Properties which describe the response of a rock on the application of heat. Thermal Properties of Tuff
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Amount of heat per unit mass required to raise the temperature by one degree Celsius. Specific Heat Capacity
0.20 kJ/Kg K
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Resistance offered by Tuff against deformation, wear, scratch and heat. Resistance
  • Heat Resistant
  • Impact Resistant
  • Pressure Resistant
  • Wear Resistant
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Tuff Properties

Tuff properties are essential when it comes to identification of rocks. The study of properties of Tuff rock is done by Mineralogists to determine the identity of rock. Some of the properties of Tuff include: Hardness, Color, Fracture, Luster, Compressive Strength etc. Tuff is Fine Grained. As compared to other rocks, Tuff is more porous and its density is 1-1.8 g/cm3. Get to know more about physical properties of Tuff and thermal properties of Tuff.

Physical Properties of Tuff

Physical properties of rocks are used to identify the type of rocks and to discover more about them. There are various physical properties of Tuff like Hardness, Grain Size, Fracture, Streak, Porosity, Luster, Strength etc which defines it. The physical properties of Tuff rock are vital in determining its Tuff Texture and Tuff Uses.

Hardness and Strength of Tuff

The physical properties of Tuff depend on its formation. Physical properties of rocks play an important role in determining its applications in various fields. Rocks are rated on the on the Moh's Hardness Scale which rates the rocks on the scale from 1 to 10. Rocks with hardness 1-3 are soft rocks from 3-6 are medium hardness rocks and 6-10 are hard rocks. The hardness of Tuff is 4-6 whereas its compressive strength is 243.80 N/mm2. Streak is the color of rock when it is crushed or powdered. The streak of Tuff is white whereas its fracture is uneven. Luster of Tuff is the interaction of light with the surface of Tuff. Luster of Tuff is vitreous to dull. Tuff cleavage is not available. The specific gravity of Tuff is 2.73. Tuff is opaque in nature whereas its toughness is not available. You can also know all the list of rocks in Opaque Rocks, Translucent Rocks and Transparent Rocks.

Thermal properties of Tuff

Check out more about What Is Tuff and its thermal properties. Thermal properties of Tuff play an important role in geology. Specific heat capacity, resistance offered by the rock to heat, water, pressure etc. are some of the thermal properties of Tuff.

Specific Heat Capacity of Tuff

Specific heat capacity is defined as the heat capacity per unit mass of rock. Specific heat capacity or specific heat is one of the important properties of Tuff. The specific heat capacity of Tuff is 0.20 kJ/Kg K. Properties of Tuff also include resistance of Tuff to heat, water, pressure, impact etc. It helps in determining the parameters to which Tuff offers resistance. If we talk about Tuff resistance, Tuff is heat resistant, impact resistant, pressure resistant, wear resistant.