I'm building a scale model for a proposed construction project.

Is it possible to simulate foundations operating in soil in a scale model? What do people typically use?

  • $\begingroup$ There are a lot of research articles that do exactly what you have proposed. The topic is quite large. Have you done any background research from the scholarly articles available? $\endgroup$
    – ShadowMan
    Nov 4, 2019 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ No - I don't know where to even start. $\endgroup$
    – xirt
    Nov 4, 2019 at 18:13

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Modeling soil behavior in a scaled-down lab system requires that the force of gravity be scaled up to maintain dynamic similitude. This requires the scaled system to be spun in a centrifuge at a speed which is mathematically derived from the linear scale-down factor.

As pointed out by ShadowMan, there is an extensive literature on scaled modeling of soil behavior in response to, for example, earthquake loading.


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