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Cassidy, M. J., Gaudin, C., Bates, L., Indraratna, B., Nimbalkar, S., O'Loughlin, C. D., White, D. J. & Sloan, S. W. (2014). Advancing Australia's facilities for physical modelling in geotechnics. Australian Geomechanics Journal, 49 (4), 3-12.


This paper presents details of the advancements of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering to the apparatus, facilities and methods for physical modelling in geotechnics. This advancement includes (i) the launch of a National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility with a new 10 m diameter fixed beam centrifuge that will be capable of spinning 2.4 tonnes of soil at 100 gravities, (ii) a new mobile soft soil in situ testing laboratory, (iii) a new national facility for the cyclic testing of high-speed rail and (iv) three recirculating flumes, called O-tubes, which are presented in another paper of this special issue. This paper provides an overview of this new equipment and the aims of the research that it will underpin. The equipment will provide enhanced possibilities for Australia to conduct project specific testing for future energy and transportation infrastructure developments, nationally and internationally.

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Australian Geomechanics – Vol.49 no.4

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