Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling
Centrifuge modelling uses scale models subjected to increased gravity to model full-scale geotechnical phenomena, enabling reliable and cost-effective investigation of the response of equipment and facilities to real-world conditions.
C‑CORE’s geotechnical facility is equipped with soils and model preparation laboratories, as well as a 5.5m-radius, 200G payload-capacity geotechnical centrifuge with a fully computerized control system to actuate and control tests in flight. It is one of the largest in the world and the only one in North America designed to model cold region phenomena.
Together, these give us the ability to closely replicate real-world conditions, including extreme cold, soils comparable to site conditions and multi-directional stresses and strains (as from wave action, earthquake, etc.).
C-CORE has considerable expertise modelling many different geotechnical problems using finite element or finite difference modelling techniques. Numerical modelling is regularly calibrated against and used with physical modelling. Many offshore geotechnical modelling programs require large strain-based analysis to be completed to understand the soil–structure interaction problem.