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Department of Earth Sciences

Laboratory of Geophysics, Geotechnics and Ore Treatment



The Laboratory of Geophysics, Geotechnics and Ore Treatment includes four laboratories, the Laboratory of Geophysics, the Laboratory Geotechnics, the Laboratory of Sample and Mineral Purification and the Laboratory of Ore Treatment.

The Laboratory of Geophysics provides support in Applied Geophysics to students, teachers and researchers from the DCT, the Geosciences Center and the Earth and Space Research Center, the Mechanical Engineering Center and society in general. The Laboratory of Geophysics of the Department of Earth Sciences of FCTUC is a space where experimental activities related to the master's classes are developed, as well as research related to the development of master's and doctoral theses. The research work is carried out in the laboratory, in simulation tanks of geological structures where electrical resistivity techniques are applied, studding these models. However, the true "laboratory" of geophysical prospecting is in the field, where all methods and techniques can be applied to the most diverse areas of application of geophysical prospecting. These methods are always non-intrusive and non-destructive and their applications range from small structures (archeology) to large structures (regional geological structures).

The Laboratory of Geotechnics of the Department of Earth Sciences of the FCTUC is intended for experimental activities integrated in the master's degree in Geological and Mining Engineering, as well as enable scientific research of the teaching staff of the DCT, mainly of the group Geotechnologies of the Center of Geosciences of the University of Coimbra. Although essentially a didactic laboratory, it is also able to provide services to the community with the preparation of reports and opinions requested by companies, institutions and individuals. Its main work field is related to engineering geology and soil and rocks mechanics.

The Laboratory of Sample Preparation and Mineral Separation of the Department of Earth Sciences of the FCTUC aims to support research activities of the teaching and research staff of DCT, the students of the master's and doctoral programs, taught or supported by the DCT, and to the practical classes of the DCT’s degrees. The laboratory it is to be used by all the teachers and researchers, and it’s not related to a specific research group, as well as gives support to teachers from FCTUC and other universities with which we have collaboration.

The Laboratory of Ore Treatment of the Department of Earth Sciences of the FCTUC is dedicated to experimental activities integrated in the master's degree in Geological and Mining Engineering and PhD in Geotechnology (partnership between the University of Coimbra and the University of Aveiro) as well as Enable the scientific investigation of the teachers of the DCT, mainly from the group Geotechnologies of the Center of Geosciences of the University of Coimbra. Although essentially a didactic laboratory, it is also able to provide services to the community with the preparation of reports and opinions requested by companies, institutions and individuals. Its main work field is related to engineering geology and soil and ore treatment.



Contacts

        

Coordenator
General
Lídia Gil Catarino Emaillidiagil@dct.uc.pt Telefone(+351) 239 860 500
GeophysicsEduardo Ivo AlvesEmaillivo@dct.uc.ptTelefone(+351) 239 860 546
GeotechnicsLídia Gil CatarinoEmaillidiagil@dct.uc.ptTelefone(+351) 239 860 500
Sample Preparation
Maria Manuela da Vinha SilvaEmailmmvsilva@dct.uc.ptTelefone(+351) 239 860 556
Ore TreatmentFernando Pita Emailfpita@ci.uc.pt Telefone 
        

Provision of Services

  
GeophysicsGeophysical consulting applied to the exploration of geological resources, civil engineering, archeology and the environment, elaborating reports and requested opinions, planning Geophysical Prospecting campaigns and collecting, processing and interpretation of geophysical data.
Geotechnics

Consultancy, Studies, Reports and technical reports and Laboratory tests (soils, rocks and aggregates).

The partnerships established, namely with the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra and with the Geotechnical Laboratory of the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPNlabgeo), allow it to answer to a wide spectrum in the scope of Geotechnics.

Ore TreatmentThe Laboratory Ore Treatment of the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra provides services to the community, namely in the areas of consulting, studies, reports and technical reports, laboratory and field tests.
  

Equipament

  
GeophysicsThe Physics Laboratory has geophysical prospecting equipment for the application of the following methods: magnetic, electric, electromagnetic and seismic. Geonics EM 31, Geeonics VLF 16 and Geonics VLF 16 R, Differential GPS and topographic equipment, seismograph Seistronix RAS24 (P and S waves), Resistivity Meters ABEM SAS300B and Bison, Magnetometer Scintrex, Transient ElectroMagnetic TEM Fast 48, Informatic support for processing and interpretation of geological information and geophysics 2D/3D.
GeotechnicsSonometer, dust measurement, meteorological station, differential GPS, total station, deflectometer, radials, “Point Load”, lightweight dynamic penetrometer (LDP), Geogauge, CBR compacter, “Schmidt” hammer, ultrasound equipment (P and S waves), slake-durability test, Proctor test, Lambe Test, Los Angeles test, micro-Deval test, rock cut test, compression test (uniaxial and triaxle), traction test (Brazilian test), flexion test, rock deformation test, ornamental rock impact test, aggregate resistance to impact test.
Sample PreparationJaw crusher, ring mill, agate mill, hydraulic press with steel mortar, magnetic separator, water bath, binocular magnifier, vacuum pump, weighing scale, kiln, “hotte”.
Ore TreatmentMagnetic separator, flotation cells, jig concentrator, screening vibrators, separation table, jaw crusher, ring mill, agate mill, hammer mill
  

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