TECHNICAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

  • Electron microprobe analysis
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • 40Ar-39Ar geochronology
  • Numerical modelling for geomechanics (Map 3D, RocScience, Hasca)

DEPARTMENT OF MINING ENGINEERING

  • Rock strength testing (including Uniaxial, Triaxial, Brazilian, Point Load, Direct Shear tests)
  • In-situ 3-D Ground Stress Tensor Analysis (using CSIR overcoring method)
  • Backfill Analytical Design and Testing:
    • Strength,
    • Bulk density,
    • Moisture content,
    • Slump,
    • Percolation rate,
    • Grain size distribution,
    • Specific gravity/true solids density,
    • Blend analysis

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING (RMC)

  • Large-Scale Retaining Wall Test Facility (for testing full-scale conventional and geosynthetic-reinforced soil walls and slopes)
  • Shaking Table (to test soil-structure response under simulated earthquake loading)
  • Small-Scale Retaining Wall Test Facility (1/5-scale model testing of earth structures)
  • Temperature and Humidity Control Room (long-term creep and stress relaxation testing of polymeric materials)
  • In-soil testing of geosynthetics
  • Index tensile testing of geosynthetics

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING (Queen's University)

  • Large scale shear boxes
  • Large and conventional scale triaxial test facilities
  • Buried pipe testing cells: both hoop compression and biaxial loading
  • Large scale buried infrastructure test pit(service and ultimate load testing of shallow buried structures, and investigations of trenchless technologies)
  • Parallel plate loading of thermoplastic pipes
  • Manhole test cells
  • A variety of geosynthetic test equipment, including tests under high overburden pressure
  • Test facilities to evaluate geomembrane strength and durability
  • A video of test preparation in part of the large scale test pit is available