|The Geotechnical Laboratory is equipped for mechanical testing and in-situ monitoring. It is also provided with software for geotechnical analyses. The Geotechnical Laboratory is one of the only two laboratories in the world that manufactures tensiometers for direct measurement of negative pore water pressure down to -2000 kPa.
The laboratory testing equipment includes:
(i) standard apparatuses (direct shear boxes, triaxial cells, oedometer apparatuses);
(ii) specially designed devices for soil suction measurement (filter paper boxes, tensiometers, psycrometers);
(iii) unique apparatuses for testing unsaturated soils under atmospheric conditions (osmotic oedometer; osmotic shear box, suction-monitored triaxial cell);
(iv) apparatus for measurement of shear and compression wave velocity in triaxial cell;
(v) specially designed apparatus for geotextiles testing.
The in situ monitoring equipment includes:
(i) inclinometer system,
(iii) water level indicator,
(iv) rain gauge,
(v) GSM station for wireless data transmission,
(vi) PC Station for real-time monitoring.
The software includes:
(i) Finite Element code for stability analysis in unsaturated soils;
(ii) Finite Element code for hydro-thermo-mechanical problems in unsaturated porous media;
(iii) Distinct Element Method code for 2-D analysis of particulate media.