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Rock Mechanics Lab

Rock mechanics testingIn addition to the usual equipment for physical property testing (such as apparent bulk density, point load strength testing and Brazilian indirect tensile strength determination), the rock mechanics laboratory has two compression loading frames, including 880 kN and 4000 kN closed loop, electro-hydraulic stiff-testing machines and a 35 MPa capacity lateral pressure triaxial cell; direct shear testing equipment; laboratory sample preparation equipment including diamond saws for cutting rock blocks and cores, high capacity diamond drill and diamond lathing apparatus; and microseismic monitoring systems for acoustic emission and seismic wave velocity determination.   All equipment is available for teaching, research and commercial service applications.