WRc Test Pit

The facility has been used on projects looking at backfill compaction and structural performance of pipe and pipeline repair systems. The structure itself has also been used for performance testing of material and structures and for investigations relating to pipeline operatives.

Type of Facility

Comments: Rig can be used to mimic engineering site conditions and create a controlled scientific environment for testing. It can be used in conjunction with hydraulic jacks capable of exerting 30 tonnes of pressure.


Type of Technologies that can be tested


Availability For Use By Others

  • WRc can quote to carry out testing on behalf of users or suppliers, or can hire the rig to clients for their own tests or demonstrations with technical support as required.
  • Cost of Use By Others: Depends on type of testing and level of technical support required.
  • WillingnessTo Partner: Yes.
  • Mobile Pilot Plants: No.

Services and Capacity

  • Flow rate: 10m L x 4m W x 4m D. Back fill typically but alternatives available.
  • Power suplly: 240V mains and 3 phase 440V.

Status of the Facility

  • The facility is fully operational.

Access to Facility

  • Available to others.

Contact details

Address: WRc plc, Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8YF

Website: www.wrcplc.co.uk

Additional Assets


  • Private company

Funding Partners: No.

Regulatory issues / constraints


  • Limited discharge to environment

Comments: Water normally recycled though can be bled off / replenished.

Sponsored by: Scottish HydroNation