A description of a laboratory setup for ultrasonic measurements on rock samples and artificial materials subjected to varying temperature and pressure is given. The setup consists of three main units: a thermal unit designed to heat and maintain a predetermined temperature of the sample under study, a unit of uniaxial mechanical loading and an ultrasonic measurement unit. The design of the thermal unit is based on the use of semiconductor thermoelectric converters (TEC) based on the Peltier effect. The use of the latter allows the sample to be heated directly under the loading machine, while achieving relatively low inertia and level of acoustic noise. The temperature level is controlled by a closed feedback loop using thermistors located between the TEC and the surface of the heated sample. For effective heat exchange of TEC with the environment, combined water-air cooling is used. The thermal unit is controlled manually using a potentiometer block, or by means of control commands from a PC via the USB interface. Commercially available compact press GT 2.0.8-2 used as a mechanical loading unit. The ultrasonic measurement unit consists of a probe pulse generator, an ADC with a sampling frequency of up to 10 MHz, a pair of acoustic transducers with a resonant frequency of 500 kHz and a personal computer. The unit provides automatic determination of elastic waves propagation speed in samples, their spectral and energy characteristics in varying temperature and pressure conditions.

Acknowledgements: This work was done with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project No. 19-05-00152\19).

For citation: Nikolenko P. V., Shkuratnik V. L. Laboratory setup for ultrasonic testing of rock samples in variable temperature and pressure conditions. Gornyy informatsionno-analiticheskiy byulleten'. 2019;5:89-96. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-05-0-89-96.


Laboratory setup, thermobaric effects, rock samples, Peltier effect, ultrasound, control, stress state.

Issue number: 5
Year: 2019
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.02:539.2
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-05-0-89-96
Authors: Nikolenko P. V., Shkuratnik V. L.

About authors: P.V. Nikolenko, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Assistant Professor, e-mail:, V.L. Shkuratnik, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, e-mail:, National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», 119049, Moscow, Russia. Corresponding author: V.L. Shkuratnik, e-mail:


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