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Title: Large centrifuge : a critical army capability for the future
Authors: United States. Assistant Secretary of the Army (R & D)
Ledbetter, R. (Richard)
Keywords: Centrifuge testing
Coastal research
Cold regions research
Environmental research
Geotechnical research
Hydraulic research
Soil-structure interaction research
Structural research
Soil mechanics
Soil dynamics
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-91-12.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: This report presents an overview of potential applications of a proposed US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) centrifuge for the purposes of research and development. Centrifuge testing applications correspond with the technical areas representative of the research conducted by the five laboratories and the Coastal Engineering Research Center of WES, and the Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory. The broad technical research areas discussed are (A.) coastal, (B.) cold regions, (C.) environmental, (D.) geotechnical, (E.) hydraulic, and (E.) structural. This report discusses those areas where centrifuge testi ng would greatly benefit research objectives particularly in cases where prototype data are very expensive if not impossible to acquire. Centrifuge testing offers cost effective technology to address military and civil problem areas. Among many advantages and benefits of a centrifuge to the Corps of Engineers are (1.) for complex problems for which calculation methods are not completely reliable or adequate, prototype behaviors can be predicted, (2.) numerical methods can be validated, improved, or developed based on realistic prototype behavior, and (3.) centrifuge tests can be used for parameter studies to investigate particular properties and behaviors in relation to variations in loads and boundary conditions. Centrifuge testing will allow the economical proof testing of designs, investigation of problem areas, and validation of numerical methods that have been prohibitively expensive to study with prototype testing. Also, centrifuge testing will allow the study of important behavior phenomena, including failure, that are impractical or not feasible to induce in prototype situations or for complex problems.
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