Dr Robert Cuss

Dr Robert Cuss

Rock Mechanics and Fracture Flow Specialist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3486

E-mail Dr Robert Cuss


  •  2010 – ongoing : Radioactive Waste Disposal Team
  •  2001 –2011 : Geophysics & Marine Geology
  •  1999 –2001 : Regional Geophysics Group
  •  1995 –1999 : PhD University of Manchester, Rock Mechanics
  •  1992 –1995 : BSc (Hons) University of Liverpool, Geophysics (Geology)

Research interests

  • Rock and soil mechanics
  • Transport properties of fractures, interfaces and intact rocks
  • Rock stress
  • Radioactive Waste Disposal
  • CO2 sequestration

Current projects and collaboration


  • Experimental rock mechanics testing
  • Multi-phase flow
  • Fracture and interfacial flow
  • Project management

Published outputs

Key papers

Cuss, R.J., Harrington, J., Giot, R., and Auvray, C. 2014. Experimental observations of mechanical dilation at the onset of gas flow in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone. Clays in Natural and Engineered Barriers for Radioactive Waste Confinement. xxx: Geological Society Special Publications: London, United Kingdom, Geological Society of London, pp. xx-xx

Cuss, R.J., Harrington, J.F., Graham, C.J., Sathar, S., and Milodowski, T. 2012. Observations of stable high-pressure differentials in clay-rich materials; implications for the concept of effective stress. Mineralogical Magazine, December 2012, Vol. 76(8), pp.3115-3129.

Sathar, S., Reeves, H.J., Cuss, R.J., and Harrington, H.J. 2012. Critical stress theory applied to repository concepts; the importance of stress tensor and stress history in fracture flow. Mineralogical Magazine. December 2012, Vol. 76(8), pp.3165-3177.

Cuss, R.J., Harrington, J.F., Noy, D.J., Wikman, A., and Sellin, P. 2011. Large scale gas injection test (Lasgit): Results from two gas injection tests. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 36, pp.1729-1742.

Cuss, R.J., Milodowski, A., and Harrington, J.F. 2011. Fracture transmissivity as a function of normal and shear stress: first results in Opalinus clay. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 36, pp.1960-1971.

Cuss, R.J., Harrington, J.F., & Noy, D.J. 2010. Large scale gas injection test (Lasgit) performed at the Äspo Hard Rock Laboratory. Summary report 2008. Svenskarnbranslehantering AB (SKB) Technical Report TR-10-38, SKB, Stockholm, Sweden. Pp.109.