KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 77–84 | Cite as

A newly developed state-of-the-art geotechnical centrifuge in Korea

  • Dong-Soo Kim
  • Nam-Ryong Kim
  • Yun Wook Choo
  • Gye-Chun Cho
Research Paper Geotechnical Engineering / Technical Note


The first large scale geotechnical centrifuge in Korea has recently been developed at KAIST under the Korea Construction Engineering Development (KOCED) Collaboratory program. A 5 m platform radius, 240 g-tons state-of-the-art geotechnical centrifuge has been installed in a new facility. The centrifuge has the unique feature of an automatic balancing system and includes parts for general testing purposes such as fluid rotary joints, slip rings, a fiber optic rotary joint and an Ethernet network system. In addition, a four degree-of-freedom in-flight robot can be equipped to simulate complex construction or in-situ testing process during centrifuge flight. In order to simulate earthquake motion during operation, a self-balancing type biaxial shaking table has also been developed. Since the KOCED program promotes collaboration and remote use, tele-presence and tele-participation environments have been implemented in this facility.


physical modeling geotechnical centrifuge KOCED shaking table in-flight robot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-Soo Kim
    • 1
  • Nam-Ryong Kim
    • 2
  • Yun Wook Choo
    • 1
  • Gye-Chun Cho
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Civil and Environmental EngineeringKAISTDaejeonKorea
  2. 2.Infrastructure Technology CenterK-water InstituteDaejeonKorea

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