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Preparation of soil samples in drum centrifuges


The controlled preparation of a soil sample in a drum centrifuge is rather more difficult than in a beam centrifuge. Nevertheless, the challenges of model-making also offer another dimension to this process. The techniques developed for the sample preparation in the ETH Zurich Drum Centrifuge will be described in this paper. This includes a short description of the machine and the associated equipment, together with some preliminary results and findings of a study on model-making in sand. Preparation of clay samples is also mentioned, although some of these findings are not restricted to drum centrifuges.


Laue, Jan and Nater, Philippe and Springman, Sarah M.

Index Terms:

centrifuge; material; Soil; SoilGroup

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Date published: 2002