Geo-Centrifuge

Deltares, Delft / The Netherlands

Scope

 The Geo-Centrifuge is used for testing physical scale models of geotechnical engineering systems such as natural and manmade slopes, earth retaining structures and foundations. By increasing earth gravity, real stresses can be scaled down to models and for natural processes in soil time can be accelerated and brought back from decades to hours. The Geo-Centrifuge can be used for scientific research in the energy, urban, water and transport infrastructure sector and in validating applied models.

Specifications

The Deltares Geo-Centrifuge is a C72-3 beam type centrifuge manufactured by Actidyn. It has a 260 g-tonne capacity and a platform radius of 5.0 m. The platform can house test set-ups with dimensions up to 1.2 m x 1.2 m x 1.8 m (length x width x height). The Geo-Centrifuge has the following specifications:

Dimensions
Platform radius 5 m
Basket 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.8m
Maximum payload 2600kg at 100g
1400kg at 130g
1000kg at 150g
Max speed 180rpm / 340km/h
Power consumption Max 280kW
Operation at atmospheric pressure
Automatic imbalance detection
Water, air and hydraulic slip rings
Electric and fiber-optic slip rings
2 x 19” rack on top of GeoCentrifuge
Complete surveillance of centrifuge parameters
Remote controlled operation possible
Suited for later addition of an earthquake simulator
Geotechnical Centrifuge
Facility Details
Name Geo-Centrifuge
Short Name Geo-Centrifuge
Owner Stichting Deltares
Location Delft / The Netherlands
Website Click Here to Visit Site
Contact Suzanne van Eekelen
Head of facility Harm Aantjes
Construction year 2020 (operational in 2021)

Image Gallery

Other Relevant Information

Raising gravitational forces in the Geo-Centrifuge allows (i) scaling down the geotechnical processes and (ii) the simulation of them on scale. In addition, time is accelerated. Consequently, physical processes in the subsoil that would normally take several years can be reduced to a few hours. That makes it possible to test structures in the subsoil that have never been built before, such as tunnels or dikes. Examples of problems that be explored in the centrifuge are:

  1. Wind turbines are getting bigger in the near future. In the North Sea, they will be about 300 m tall already within a few years. Such large turbines have never been built and that has implications for design and construction. Deltares shall use the centrifuge to test and validate the foundations of the turbines.
  2. Dikes have to be safe. The Geo-Centrifuge shall be used to subject dikes to conditions that can occur, but hardly ever seen in real life, such as extreme high water levels or drought.
  3. The infrastructures in the water, energy, urban transport and goods transport sectors is facing major challenges: from the effects of extreme weather to ageing and more intensive use. The Geo-Centrifuge shall be used to simulate the effects on both existing and new infrastructure.

Why Choose Us

Lobortis arcu at suspendisse arcu egestas lectus purus magna interdum aliquam scelerisque.
01.

Certified Experience

Feugiat netus vitae dui, mi sed amet eu sem pharetra senectus id blandit dictum urna est morbi tempus, auctor sed egestas condimentum neque donec.

02.

Great Support

Nec ac enim purus arcu suspendisse tortor nunc bibendum justo nibh varius ipsum lorem in id diam faucibus posuere laoreet ultrices lacus nisi, cursus.

03.

Competitive Price

Vitae cursus libero, nec venenatis, semper sit morbi convallis ac, egestas turpis est ornare vitae arcu velit senectus est sed eget vitae lectus amet.

04.

We Got The Tools

Feugiat netus vitae dui, mi sed amet eu sem pharetra senectus id blandit dictum urna est morbi tempus, auctor sed egestas condimentum neque donec.

05.

Success Guarantee

Nec ac enim purus arcu suspendisse tortor nunc bibendum justo nibh varius ipsum lorem in id diam faucibus posuere laoreet ultrices lacus nisi, cursus.

06.

Experienced Team

Vitae cursus libero, nec venenatis, semper sit morbi convallis ac, egestas turpis est ornare vitae arcu velit senectus est sed eget vitae lectus amet.

Scroll to Top