The Laboratory pursues two main research areas: one of them concerns the presence of gases in porous media, with special emphasis put on gasogeodynamic phenomena; the other is connected with the stereological analysis understood as a method of the quantitative description of the geometrical structure of materials, and rocks in particular.
The research on the presence of gases in porous media concerns the following:
- gas and rock outbursts,
- phenomena of sorption, filtration and diffusion of gas in porous materials, particularly in coal, dolomite and nanomaterials (MWCNT, rGO),
- metrology as applied in the mining industry, particularly methods used to determine the presence of methane in coal beds and copper ore deposits,
- Enhanced Coal Bed Methane Recovery.
The research connected with the stereological analysis concerns the following:
- quantitative description of the geometrical structure of rocks and other materials,
- application of image analysis and mathematical morphology in the process of measuring rock structures,
- mapping and 3D analysis of rock joint surfaces, composites and other materials,
- application of artificial neural networks in the recognition of rock macerals.