Earth Science

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Dilation tendency analysis of synthetic fractures cutting through a simulated borehole. Pink, purple, & dark blue indicate fractures that are likely to dilate (open) in the current stress state.


The Earth Science Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) serves a spectrum of commercial clients in the United States and abroad; federal, state, and local government agencies; and foreign government agencies.

Kevin Smart, Ph.D., Manager

Earth, Material & Planetary Sciences Technical Strengths

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Earth and planetary sciences services provide technical assistance and contract research for:

Geological & Aerospace Materials

Geological and aerospace materials services include evaluating the performance of natural and engineered materials in complex industrial, geological, and aerospace environments. Research and development activities include:

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.