School of GeoSciences

Unconfined Loading Rig

The Unconfined Loading Rig was designed and built to develop understanding of the processes involved during creep and deformation in large (200mm diameter) rock samples under load.

The Unconfined Loading Rig is designed to look at creep and deformation in large (200mm diameter) rock samples, in particular the creep of salts for energy storage in salt caverns.

 

Unconfined fracturing Rig

The Unconfined Loading 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

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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

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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