Geotechnical centrifuges are commonly used for modeling the response of materials and structures such as soil, dams, and foundations to natural and manmade hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and explosions.
A centrifuge model at a scale of 1/N can be subjected to a steady acceleration field equivalent to N times earth’s gravity, and simulate severe stress conditions of a hazard on the model. By applying appropriate data acquisition techniques, the stresses and response of a geotechnical system can be verified throughout the model. This includes measurements in the ground at different locations, the movement of a structure, and video imagery of a sequence of events leading to a seismic event.
- Highly configurable hardware and software
- Synchronized acquisition
- Adjustable sample rate from 1 to more than 20,000 samples/sec/channel on the fly
- Configurable analog, digital, or manual trigger
- Multipurpose relays facilitate geological event simulation
- Analog outputs control external equipment
- Meta data recording of sensor configuration, test information, user notes and observations
- Web server interface facilitates remote observation over the Internet
- Easy to use