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Press Release 06-047

Large Centrifuge Helps Researchers Mimic Effects of Katrina on Levees

Part of nationwide "co-laboratory" of earthquake engineering facilities, the technology proves critical for studying soils beneath New Orleans

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Video showing the RPI centrifuge experiment is available at http://www.rpi.edu/news/levees/

Video and other materials showing the RPI centrifuge experiment are available at http://www.rpi.edu/news/levees/.

Credit: Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

A team member lays peat from New Orleans into the centrifuge sample chamber.

A team member lays peat from New Orleans into the centrifuge sample chamber. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers conducted their study of the soils beneath the 17th Street Canal levee in New Orleans using the National Science Foundation (NSF) George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

Credit: Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Research team members carefully craft the centrifuge sample chamber that holds the experiment.

Research team members carefully craft the centrifuge sample chamber that holds the New Orleans 17th Street Canal levee experiment.

Credit: Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Researchers place references in the sample chamber to accurately track soil movement.

Researchers place numerous reference points in the sample chamber to accurately track soil movement during the experiment.

Credit: Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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