MAKERS OF a new combined beam and drum geotechnical centrifuge say it offers research institutes an affordable alternative to conventional systems.
Manufacturer Thomas Broadbent & Sons and consultant G-Max have joined forces to offer a range of centrifuge systems. These include the G-series drum centrifuge, the G-Max tilting geotechnical centrifuge and the new modular beam centrifuge.
Until now researchers had to opt for a drum or a beam-type machine, depending on the intended study. If the focus changed, a second system would have to be bought.
Geotechnical centrifuges are used to carry out scaled down modelling in a high gravity environment.
Modelling allows engineers to predict potentially catastrophic failure mechanisms associated with large scale construction projects in a relatively short time - five years of soil settlement can be simulated in four hours, for example.