Specialized Testing at The Geotechnical Research Centre


The GRC performs various specialized tests in addition to those listed. Enquiries are welcomed.

  • Triaxial k-testing
  • Harvard miniature compaction
  • Cation exchange capacity
  • Grainsize analysis
  • Clay content only (hydrometer)
  • Relative density (specific gravity)
  • Atterberg limits
  • Consolidation test
  • Direct shear (one pass)
  • Standard proctor
  • Modified proctor
  • CIU Triaxial test with stress-strain and Mohr circle plots
  • CID Triaxial test with stress-strain
  • Moisture contents
  • Unconfined compression
  • Laboratory vane test
  • Major element analyses by XRF
  • X-ray powder diffraction
  • Porewater chemistry of Cations (Na, K, Mg and Ca) and Anions (Cl and SO4) plus pH and Salinity
  • Porewater chemistry of Cations (Na, K, Mg and Ca) and Anions (Cl and SO4) plus pH and Salinity
  • Quantitative mineralogy
  • Qualitative mineralogy
  • Flexible wall permeability (for barrier materials only)
  • Deionized distilled water leach tests (all materials- included ICP analysis of leachate)
  • Complex permittivity test
  • Zeta potential test (for surface change of soils)

The GRC performs various specialized tests in addition to those listed.


Special Tests on Rock


The following list is types of tests offered:

  • Simple shear tests on rock joint with roughness angle measurement.
  • Uniaxial compression tests on rock or concrete/rock contact at dam/foundation interface.
  • Free swell test on shales and shaly rocks.
  • Semi-confined swell test for stress-dependent swelling.
  • Null swell test for suppression pressure of rock or concrete expansion under AAR reaction.
  • Calcite content test.
  • Salinity of pore fluid in rock.


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Western University
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B9 Tel: 519-661-3344
Updated June 14, 2013 by cquintus
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