The Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center (RMERC), founded in 1964, provides research leadership in a broad range of scientific and engineering fields with emphasis on activities centered on or related to the mineral resource lease. 

The Center serves the mining and petroleum industries, the nuclear industry, geological science and engineering and the related wider industrial manufacturing community. 

A particular emphasis is to foster innovative and responsive research in rock physics and all fields of science and engineering that deal with rock, including energy production, mining, geology, geophysics, nuclear and related fields.

 Our current research is focused on three areas: 


Upcoming Events

Friday Graduate Gathering

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                   Rock Mechanics Facility            1006 Kingshighway


   25 April 2014

Title:   Effects of loading rate and water saturation on the behavior of Roubidoux sandstone

Abstract:     The experiment conducted in this research was to determine the behavior of a porous rock under an indenter. A tight quartzitic sandstone was subjected to a series of indentation tests, under both dry and saturated conditions. The test results were used to calcuate the mechanical specific energy and specific penetration. The porewater pressure evolution in the saturatefd sample was also monitored.

Presenter:  Azupuri A. Kaba   Master's student in Geological Engineering at MS&T, working with Dr. Leslie Gertsch in the area of Rock Excavation