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Geography Laboratories

Laithwaite Landslide Laboratory (Research)

Laithwaite Landslide Laboratory (Research)

This temperature and humidity controlled laboratory houses geotechnical characterisation and testing equipment and is used for research as well as undergraduate teaching and dissertation work. Our specialised equipment include: back pressure shear boxes, triaxial stress path cells, a virtual infinite stiffness (VIS) triaxial load frame with high-pressure cell, oedometers, an automatic gas displacement pycnometer, point load test apparatus, a landscape analogue model, cone penetrometers and laser diffraction particle size analysers. Within this laboratory is a climate controlled booth which strictly controls temperature and relative humidity and negates the effects of sample expansion and contraction caused by changes in atmospheric conditions. This is especially important in the testing of unsaturated soil samples. In addition, this laboratory is equipped with rock core cutters, abrasive wheels and high purity water (Elga).

Instruments

Who to Contact: Laboratories & Field Equipment

General Enquiries
gg-labs@durham.ac.uk

Frank Davies
Chief Technician
f.p.davies@durham.ac.uk
0191 33 41849

Eleanor Maddison
Deputy Laboratory Manager
e.j.maddison@durham.ac.uk
0191 33 41963

Laboratory Opening Hours

Monday - Friday

08:45 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:15