The Geotechnical Rock Testing Facility aims to investigate the mechanical and physical properties of near-surface rocks (less than 5 km deep) and building stones to the suggested ISRM (2007) and ASTM (1995) standards. The facility performs a range of classification (index), strength and deformation tests on core samples with diameters of 38 mm, 50 mm and 100 mm to ASTM (1995) standards.
Triaxial and uniaxial strength and deformation testing are conducted on samples with diameters of 38 mm, 50 mm and 100 mm in a 2 000 Kn or 4 500 kN load frame. For triaxial testing, Hoek-Franklin cells are used and the confining pressures and axial loads are controlled and logged independently. The triaxial and uniaxial deformation tests are undertaken using Vishay electrical strain-gauges, which monitor the axial and lateral strain through out the deformation test, and are digitally logged using the the Vishay System 5000 Strain Indicator and Recorder.
Intact rock testing undertaken at BGS's Geotechnical Rock Testing Facility includes:
Please contact Dr Helen Reeves for further information