Scientific Testing and Research Facilities

Rock Mechanics Laboratory

Bespoke batch testing of rocks

Rock Mechanics Testing

We have a modern rock physics and rock mechanics suite capable of a wide range of testing on consolidated rock materials. Our capabilities include determination of:

  • UCS and triaxial strength
  • Shear strength
  • Permeability at shallow-to-mid-crustal simulated conditions
  • Seismic wave velocity
  • Sample recoring and sample preparation

Specialist consultancy

Based within the University, the laboratory is supported by our Rock Mechancics Research Group, giving you access to our specialists. You can find out more about the laboratory and the research group on the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website.

Rock Mechanics Laboratory brochure (PDF)KB

This laboratory is part of UPGEL

UPGEL - the University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories - support industry and academia in solving complex earth and environment-related problems. Our strength is a multi-disciplined approach to problem solving combined with a wide range of high-quality, managed testing equipment housed in one facility. Find out more about UPGEL.

Contact Us

To find out more, please contact us. Enquiries will be received by Peter Rowley (