Theme 1 - Rock Mechanics and Rock Physics

General Information

Projects within this theme will typically involve a combination of practical work in the laboratory and interpretation of bore-hole geophysical data, but projects can also focus on either one of these. Sampling of data and rocks in the field will in some projects be necessary.

Projects will typically be integrated with ongoing research projects.

Depending on the skills and interest of the student, the laboratory work can focus on rock mechanical testing, rock physical characterisation, rock mechanical modelling or rock physical modelling.

We have or have access to rock mechanical testing equipment and equipment for rock physical characterisation: porosity/permeability, mercury injection, low-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, BET, electron microscope, electrical resistivity and ultrasonic velocities.

All kinds of minerals, soils and rocks can be involved: clay, shale, sand, sandstone, chalk, limestone, siliceous ooze, flint, granite and basalt.

Required Courses

In order to start up a project within this theme, a student must have completed at least two of the following courses:


Ida Lykke Fabricius
Professor, head of section
DTU Civil Engineering
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