Development of a rainfall simulator for climate modelling

I. U. Khan, M. Al-Fergani, J. A. Black

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This paper outlines the design and development of a rainfall simulator for the centrifuge for the purpose of evaluating infrastructure resilience in changing climate conditions. Pressure losses in the water supply system are evaluated and related to nozzle pressure and flow rate at both 1 g and elevated gravity up to 100 g. Coriolis effects are investigated and quantified with increasing gravity accounting for effects of air flow through the experimental package on the University of Sheffield 50 gT beam centrifuge. The rainfall simulation capabilities are demonstrated on a slope boundary problem to validate the developed system. Slope deformation is captured using digital image correlation techniques which confirm triggering of slope movements with applied rainfall events.

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

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics


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

Bibliographical note

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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