The Dielectric Constant Measurement technique (DCM) is a fast, easy and cheap method to determine the amount of swellable clay minerals within a sample and indirectly the angle of internal friction. This knowledge is of crucial importance for drilling progress, wellbore and caprock stability, as well as the frackability of unconventionals, because the presence of clay minerals with interstitial water lowers the strength of a rock significantly.
In September 2019 the Swiss National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA) commisioned Gesteinslabor with UCS, Brazilian and triaxial tests on neighbouring rocks of the Opalinus Clay - the rock which will host Switzerland's future facilities for nuclear waste disposal.
Gesteinslabor receives funding grant for the development of a novel test rig to determine capillary threshold pressure with hydrogen
Gesteinslabor receives funding from BMWi for the development of a new test rig. With this funding, our company will open up a new business field in renewable energies by implementing an innovative technology to determine the capillary threshold pressure with hydrogen on cap rock of underground gas storage facilities.