Soil Mechanics Laboratory

Function

The purpose of the laboratory is to facilitate high-level research and development work within the field of geotechnics and soil mechanics with emphasis on advanced soils laboratory testing, field testing and monitoring.  

The facility consists of standard and advanced soils laboratory testing equipment which facilitates triaxial stress path testing with local strain measurement, bender element testing, permeability testing, direct shear testing, ring-shear testing (in collaboration with Geoscience), Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) and incremental loading consolidation testing amongst others. 

Also, the laboratory facilitates the use of a range of numerical software including finite element software (Plaxis 2D) to allow in-depth modelling and analysis of soil-structure interaction. In connection to the soils laboratory, there is access to a range of standard field sampling, testing and monitoring equipment.

Research activities

  • Triaxial and consolidation tests to investigate the influence of time, strain rate and strain acceleration on the behaviour of clays.
  • Triaxial and consolidation tests to investigate the strength and deformation properties and stress-strain behaviour of high plasticity clays.
  • Field testing and monitoring of geotechnical structures incl. piled foundation and deep basement structures.
  • Finite-element modelling and analysis of soil-structure interaction in relation to piled foundations, deep basement structures, etc.
  • Development of high-precision soils testing equipment for measuring very small strains, radial strains and dynamic shear modulus using bender elements.

Use

The facility is used for research and teaching within the field of geotechnics and soil mechanics as well as for collaborative work with the industry. 

Aside from this, the facility is used commercially. Please use the contact information on the right to find out more.

If you are interested in establishing collaborative research projects, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Special expertise

Using the facility, the department has gained high-level experience in the following areas:

  • influence of time, strain rate and strain acceleration on the behaviour of clays
  • strength and deformation properties and stress-strain behaviour of high plasticity clays
  • triaxial stress path testing and equipment in general
  • monitoring of geotechnical structures