Innovative solutions for critical infrastructure
Key Project Highlights
About the Infrastructure
Large-scale Triaxial Apparatus
Traffic Load Simulator is a part of the large-scale triaxial apparatus at the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG). Its main purpose is to enable mechanical testing of various geomaterials and their interaction among themselves.
Pile Foundation Test Pit
The TUDa Geotechnical Test Pit (GTP) is a testing facility mainly for studying soil-pile interaction, although in principle, investigation of other geotechnical problems is also possible. The facility allows for near- to full-scale testing (e.g., micropiles), as well as medium- to large-scale model testing.
Beam & Drum Centrifuge
The Geotechnical Centrifuge Center (GCC) encompasses two geotechnical centrifuges, a 9 m diameter (500gton capacity) beam centrifuge and a 2.2 m diameter (440gton capacity) drum centrifuge, a cutting-edge earthquake simulator, a Miniaturized Tidal Generator (MTG), and a variety of actuators, tool platforms, and highly specialized devices and sensors.
The geotechnical centrifuge at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is used as a physical modelling facility to investigate various geotechnical problems, such as slope stability, levees and embankments, soil-structure interaction under static and dynamic loading, tunnelling, excavations, as well shallow and deep (offshore) foundations.
The Geo-Centrifuge is used for testing physical scale models of geotechnical engineering systems such as i.e. natural and manmade slopes, earth retaining structures and foundations.
This facility compromises of a rigid model container with loading and measurement systems. It can be used for studying soil behaviour and the interaction with structures using accurately prepared sand and clay models.
The GEOTEST SITES research infrastructure managed by the NGI is a national research facility for geotechnical research. The six benchmark test sites are located in Norway and on Svalbard and have been developed as field laboratories for the testing and verification of innovative soil investigation and testing methods.
The Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling hosts equipment to facilitate physical modelling of geotechnical systems such as e.g., shallow and piled foundations, open excavations and tunnels, engineered slopes, and retaining structures under complex loading including mechanical, seismic, hydraulic, and thermal actions.
Liquefaction Tank consists of an instrumented inclinable container to investigate the susceptibility of loose sand seabed to flow slides triggered by sudden changes in the water level, fast sedimentation, scouring, or shock loads.
CEDEX Track Box
The main field of application for tests developed at CTB is Transport, specifically Railway tracks.
The Centrif-UGE is devoted to physical modelling in geotechnics. By increasing the centrifuge forces applied on a small scale model of a geotechnical work, the stress field existing on full scale (prototype) geotechnical work is reproduced. The model is installed in the Centrif-UGE’s basket (~1.5m3 of volume).