Capable of reproducing the behaviour of complex seabed sediments, UWA’s centrifuge facilities support industry and constitute a unique set of centrifuges worldwide.
The facility supports leading research into offshore foundation systems including the mechanics of seabed sediments, geo-hazards and seabed mobility, and pipeline and deep water offshore engineering.
widely regarded as setting and maintaining the highest international standards in geotechnical physical modelling and which are routinely used by the offshore industry to assist in the design of seabed infrastructure.
"In the past decade, the facility has deepened our understanding of the North West Shelf seabed and we are now developing new benchmarks for deep-water engineering and exploration in the region,” says Professor Christophe Gaudin, Deputy Director of UWA's Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), which houses the the centifuge facilites.
The centrifuge team maintain a hectic schedule of centrifuge experiments from local and international academics and industry clients, working closely with COFS' in-house workshop to design scale models of offshore infrastructure components. Recent commercial successes include the development of a new anchor system, led by Centrifuge Manager Associate Professor Conleth O'Loughlin.
"Our centrifuge facilities are widely regarded as setting and maintaining the highest international standards in geotechnical physical modelling, providing crucial data and prediction models that enable the development of safe, economical and robust geotechnical structure for the offshore energy sector."