ECM Faculty Focus
Research Associate Professor Christophe Gaudin, Centrifuge Manager at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), has received funding of $144,265 from Dalian University of Technology in China for the 'Geotechnical Centrifuge Research' Project.
Research Associate Professor Christophe Gaudin and the centrifuge team at COFS will assist in establishing and developing a geotechnical centrifuge facility at Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China.
COFS will provide the technical support required to establish the facility and to perform preliminary tests to demonstrate procedures and operations.
The support provided by COFS is the result of 18 months of experimental and technical development from the centrifuge team.
The establishment of the facility is a critical stage in which decisions will be made which will impact the subsequent operations of the facility. The experience of the centrifuge team members, gathered through the establishment of three centrifuges, demonstrates that significant time and cost savings may be achieved by making the right decisions at an early stage of development.
Mr Tuarn Brown, mechanical engineer, and Mr John Breen ,electronic engineer, at COFS will visit DUT during the development of the facility and assist during the different phases of development.
Prior to the visit, Mr Brown and Mr Breen will study the specifications manual of the facility to be provided by DUT to maximise the assistance output and raise potential major concerns. During their visit, Mr Brown and Mr Breen will also make suggestions about the test demonstrations which could be performed in the second stage of the assistance and about the capabilities which could be added or improved.