Facilities


The UCSD geotechnical laboratories are fully equipped for educational purposes. Standard equipment includes standard index test, consolidation, hydraulic conductivity, direct shear, and triaxial shear equipment. Several uniaxial testing machines are available in the various structural engineering laboratories which can be used for triaxial testing of soils. The geotechnical laboratories also include a flow pump-controlled constant rate-of-strain (CRS) consolidometer suitable for high pressure testing, slurry consolidometers with double-ring bases for accurate hydraulic conductivity testing, and a bank of pressure panels for control of the various tests.  Three Harvard Apparatus flow pumps (Model 1477) are available for hydraulic conductivity testing and can be used with each consolidometer and triaxial cell.