In the rock mechanics lab, we use various laboratory instruments to study the physical properties of materials that are important to earth and planetary science. Primarily we study natural rocks, but soon we will also be working with ice. We have facilities for coring, sawing, and grinding of experimental samples. We have an adjacent machine shop as well as a central facility for more detailed jobs. We also now have access to a cold room for ice sample preparation and storage. Listed below are some of the custom machines that we use for our research. Follow the links to learn more about each one.

1.  Biaxial Deformation Apparatus

2.  Triaxial Deformation Apparatus

3.  Cryogenic Friction Apparatus