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Rock characterisation

The NGL rock characterisation facility is one of the foremost geomechanics and rock physics laboratories in the world.

Rock characterisation

NGL’s rock characterisation facilities help to understand properties in rocks such as fluid flow, strength and the physical changes of the rock under different conditions.

Much of the equipment, including the autonomous and true triaxial cells, has been custom-designed by CSIRO researchers whose engineering proficiency has contributed to the development of this equipment over a period of 20 years. The in-house design means that the equipment is flexible and can be further adapted to suit the experiment requirements and clients’ needs.


Australian Resources Research Centre, Kensington, Perth


Linda Stalker

CCS applications

The rock characterisation equipment is used during site characterisation to better understand the capability of reservoirs to store CO2 and develop baseline data. It is also used once CO2 has been injected to monitor changes and movement of the injected CO2.

Other applications

The rock characterisation facilities are also useful for analysis in the following fields:

  • Oil and gas including oil field stability
  • Mining
  • Sand production predictions

Example Equipment

  • Autonomous triaxial stress cell (ATC)
  • Two True triaxial cell (TTSC) (one for sandstone, one for shale)
  • Medical CT scanner
  • Laser Ramen microspectrometer
  • Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer
  • Nanoindenter
  • NMR core holder
  • Geochemical Reactor
Australian Government Department of Education CSIRO The University of Western Australia Curtin University Western Australian Energy Research Alliance