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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

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