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    Volume 7, Issue 4 (December 1984)

    Drum Centrifuge for Geotechnical Research

    Published Online: 01 December 1984


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    The use of a drum centrifuge for geotechnical research is described. This type of centrifuge is distinguished by its ability to carry a payload around the entire circumference of a rotating drum. This allows the formation of “endless” slopes and gives the centrifuge a large capacity at very low cost. The design and construction of the centrifuge is described in detail. Also, the test procedures used to conduct slope stability experiments, including consolidation of a clay slurry, in-flight cutting of the slope, and both short- and long-term stability tests are discussed. Deviations from true similarity, between model and prototype are listed, including fluctuation in acceleration, variation in water content, and stress paths. Possible future uses of the drum centrifuge are presented.

    Author Information:

    Cheney, JA
    Professor of civil engineering, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

    Fragaszy, RJ
    Associate professor of civil engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

    Schofield, AN
    Professor of geotechnical engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge,

    Stock #: GTJ10500J


    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ10500J

    Title Drum Centrifuge for Geotechnical Research
    Symposium ,
    Committee D18