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


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

Current projects and collaboration

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.