Centrifuge modelling in the undergraduate curriculum-a 5 year reflection

J. A. Black, S. M. Bayton, A. Cargill, A. Tatari

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A summary overview of 5 years working with a small-scale educational centrifuge at the University of Sheffield is presented. Various geotechnical design problems have been successfully performed throughout this period, including slope stability, bearing capacity failure and tunnelling. The opportunity to experimentally explore the theoretical content taught in lectures has had a positive impact on student learning in the undergraduate curriculum. The authors advocate there is an immediate need for greater adoption of experimental based observation/demonstration, either conducted at 1 g or Ng, to be embedded within the geotechnical undergraduate curriculum to enrich and deepen the student learning experience of geotechnical system performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysical modelling in geotechnics: proceedings of the 9th international conference on physical modelling in geotechnics (ICPMG 2018)
EditorsAndrew McNamara, Sam Divall, Richard Goodey, Neil Taylor, Sarah Stallebrass, Jignasha Panchal
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429438660
ISBN (Print)9781138559752
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

Publication series

NamePhysical Modelling in Geotechnics


Conference9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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