Faculty of Science
University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories
The University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories (UPGEL) is a flagship commercial laboratories group formed as a result of a Regional Growth Fund effort to create an easily accessible Environmental Technologies Hub in the Solent region. UPGEL consists of state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, supported by leading research groups. Below is a list of our commercially available facilities with links to their respective research groups.
Rock Mechanics Laboratory (RML)
Provides detailed reports on the mechanics of rocks under a large variety of simulated conditions. via the use of;
- High-force uniaxial and basic triaxial compression press with strain gauge and two-channel acoustic emission sensors used to identify compressive and elastic strength.
- “Harwood 1” and "Harwood 2" rock physics cells used to investigate P wave velocities and permeability.
- Brazilian Disc and shear box to identify tensile and sheer strength. As well as P+S wave transducers and oscilloscope to identify seismic P and S wave velocities.
The RML is supported by the University's Rock Mechanics research group. For more detailed information visit our Rock Mechanics Laboratory page.
Environmental Chemistry Analytical Laboratory (ECAL)
Tests for a wide variety of trace elements, pollutants and much more. Routine applications include the analysis of soils, sediments and waters (fresh/ground/marine/tap) for metals, nutrients and chlorophyll.
- Single and multi-elemental analysis using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
- Nutrient analysis using QuAAtro high resolution digital photometer as well as Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Total Inorganic Carbon (TIC) readings via CHN analyser
- Gas and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS+LC-MS) is also available.
For more information on ECAL's commercial services, please visit our dedicated ECAL page.
ECAL is supported by the University's Ecotoxicology and Environmental monitoring research group.
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