The Quake Centre team and its industry partners are foreseeing, "A pivotal year for earth dam research in 2018," with the highly anticipated arrival of the new triaxial permeameter (TXP) device.
ARRIVAL OF THE TXP
The Quake Centre team and its industry partners are foreseeing, “a pivotal year for earth dam research in 2018,” with the highly anticipated arrival of the new triaxial permeameter (TXP) device.
“After more plot twists than could ever have been anticipated, we finally welcomed the TXP to the UC Geotech lab,” says UC Researcher, Dr. Kaley Crawford-Flett. “Now the true fun begins!”
Dr. Kaley Crawford-Flett provided some excerpts to explain the technical aspects of the TXP device capabilities;
“Along with the establishment of existing projects the major achievement from partner funding in the 2015-18 period has been the design and purchase of laboratory equipment which will be used to perform world-leading investigation of earth dam materials.
Specifically, 2018 will see the commissioning of the Quake Centre and Civil and Natural Resources Engineering triaxial permeameter (TXP) device, an internationally unique large scale laboratory device that will enable world-leading seepage testing of widely graded and problematic New Zealand soils. This is made possible specifically as a result of investments made by the asset owners to date.
The TXP research programme will develop world-leading expertise in the seepage performance of soils under seismic loading, and provide local support to assist with the management of critical infrastructure.” This is work that the Quake Centre Partners specifically wanted done.
Dr. Kaley Crawford-Flett and the Quake Centre team are extremely excited about the new research capabilities the TXP can provide and, “Would like to thank the Quake Centre hydropower partners, who provided the primary support to get this vision across the line.”
“We are also extremely grateful to the large a number of people within the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE) department and the wider UC, at every level, who pulled out all the stops to make this happen.”