The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 68 (1990) > Issues > Issue 18 > Utilisation of Geotechnical Centrifuges - a Review of Past Experience and Future Opportunities
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Utilisation of Geotechnical Centrifuges - a Review of Past Experience and Future Opportunities

The use of centrifuges to improve similarity in geotechnical model studies has developed rapidly over 2 decades, in the UK and elsewhere. With increased numbers of machines of varying size, power and sophistication, the opportunities for engineers in practice to avail themselves of this technology are increasing. A review is presented of what has been achieved to date, and some conclusions are drawn. A new era of model testing, with the inclusion of greater precision in simultaneously modelling above- and below-ground components of complex structures, is foreseen, for both static and dynamic situations. W.H. Craig