Soil and Rock Mechanics Laboratory

The soil and rock mechanics laboratory at DTU is equipped to carry out tests for soil and rock material classification, for the determination of soil/rock elastic properties and stiffness, shear/compressive strength, permeability and the estimation of electric and temperature effects.

The following lists contain the main tests that can take place in the laboratory:

Laboratory Tests on Soil

  • Soil classification
  • Oedometer tests – incremental loading
  • Direct simple shear tests (DSS) (monotonic and cyclic)
  • Triaxial tests (monotonic and cyclic, drained and undrained)
  • Permeability tests

Laboratory Tests on Rock Cores

  • Rock classification, poroperm, BET and mercury injection
  • Index tests
  • Uniaxial compression test
  • Triaxial test (Hoek cells)
  • MTS Triaxial system
  • Sound velocity measurements
  • Electrical resistivity
  • Wettability and fluid distribution
  • Rock permeability
  • Water injection tests
  • Specially designed tests for rock cores, various pore fluids, etc.
  • High-temperature tests


Katrine Alling Andreassen
Assistant Professor
DTU Civil Engineering
+45 45 25 17 81


Irene Rocchi
Assistant Professor
DTU Civil Engineering
+45 45 25 19 16