School of GeoSciences

GREAT Cell Sample Preparation

200mm diameter and length GREAT cell samples require unique sample preparation technologies to ensure the samples are prepared to the tolerances of ISRM 1972 with regards to square, straight, parallel ends.

Great Core trimming

These technologies have been developed at Edinburgh University and include:

  • 200mm Hilte diamond tipped core trimmer, which is capable of being deployed in the field to take direct outcrop samples.
  • Large diameter Clipper saw
  • Rock turning rig to ensure the sample diameter is exactly 193.75.
  • End facing grinder rig to create a completely flat end surface with a tolerance of approximately 0.06-0.1 mm across the 196 mm diameter.

 

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

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