School of GeoSciences

Unconfined Fracture Rig

The Unconfined Fracture Rig was designed and built to develop understanding of the processes involved during hydraulic fracturing on large scale samples.

The unconfined fracturing rig is designed to create hydraulic fractures in large (200mm diameter) rock samples

 

Unconfined fracturing Rig

The Unfonfined Fracturing Rig is rated to provide:

  • 200mm diameter and length samples
  • up to 700 bar load
  • Up to 70MPa injection pore fluid pressure
  • Up to 60oC rock temperature.
  • Up to 60oC injection gas temperature
  • Pore pressure measurement and logging.
  • Gas sampling by Hiden HPR20 mass spectrometer.

 

The team within the Applied Geoscience Laboratory welcomes scientific collaboration and are always happy to discuss new projects and experimental designs.  Please contact:

Dr. Katriona Edlmann

Chancellor's Fellow in Energy

  • School of Geosciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Grant Institute,
The King's Buildings,
James Hutton Road,

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH9 3FE

Dr. habil. Christopher I McDermott

Reader in Hydrogeology and Coupled Process Modelling

  • School of Geosciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Grant Institute,
The King's Buildings,
James Hutton Road,

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH9 3FE

Dr. Andrew Fraser-Harris

Post Doctoral Researcher

  • School of Geosciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Grant Institute,
The King's Buildings,
James Hutton Road,

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH9 3FE

And for technical support please contact:

Alexander Lightbody

Technical Officer

  • School of Geosciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Grant Institute,
The King's Buildings,
James Hutton Road,

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH9 3FE