The laboratory specializes in measurement of geomechanical properties
(e.g., compressibility, shear strength, permeability) on sediments
and rocks. The laboratory contains a constant-rate-of-strain
consolidation system, a stress path triaxial system, and a permeameter
system (all by GEOTAC) for measurements up to 5 MPa. Higher stress
(up to 60 MPa) triaxial, consolidation, and permeability experiments
can be completed by our Instron 50 kip load frame with (donated
by ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company) with MTS Flextest controllers.