GEOLABS Laboratory Expansion

Geolabs Limited have recently implemented their laboratory expansion which has included the next phase of their advanced testing capabilities, with more Anisotropic CAU/CAD triaxial equipment featuring local strain and shear wave velocity measurements as well as Resonant Column (GDSRCA), Direct and Cyclic Simple Shear (EMDCSS) and Continuous Rate of Strain Consolidation (CRS) test facilities. This recent expansion reinforces Geolabs commitment to continuously evolving and innovating to ensure that they provide the widest range of soil and rock testing resources to all their clients in both the commercial and research sectors at their Birmingham and Watford UKAS accredited laboratories.

Geolabs & GDS

GDS Instruments have worked with Geolabs on many projects over the last few 20 years and more recently on their laboratory expansion.“Geolabs Limited have worked in close collaboration with GDS Instruments for over 20 years. GDS have always delivered us with high quality test equipment, whether it be standard or bespoke. Their valuable advice and guidance has been key in ensuring that the test equipment and procedures we receive meet with our client’s requirements and project specifications.” John Masters, Director, Geolabs Ltd

Recent additional to the laboratory include...

Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) Oedometer:
 Pore pressure measurement at the base of the specimen and the ability to saturate the specimen under a back pressure allow a continuous, rather than incremental, determination of consolidation parameters throughout the loading up to a maximum stress of 25 MPa at 50 mm diameter.

Direct Simple Shear (EMDCSS): Teflon-coated highly polished rings confine the specimen radially while the 5000 Hz closed-loop control of height ensures a constant volume for the measurement of shear modulus at up to 5 cycles/second.

Resonant Column (GDSRCA): Powerful rare earth Neodymium magnets combined with sophisticated electromagnetic coils and accelerometers allow precise control of strain and measurement of the resonant frequency of soil and weak rock specimens over a range of strains.

Advanced Triaxial Testing: Closed-loop computer-controlled load frames and flushable mid-height pore pressure transducers permit stress paths to be accurately applied in anisotropic as well as isotropic conditions, with piezo bender elements and local strain gauges facilitating a wide range of stiffnesses to be determined in different orientations.

Rowe (Hydraulic) Cells: The myriad of different drainage options including radial and vertical, under either free or equal strain, and with the capability of direct measurement of permeability all with the measurement of pore pressure are particularly suited for investigating the anisotropic properties of laminated materials.