Geotechnical centrifuge facility

geotechnical centrifuge

This facility is used for basic and applied research on modeling of geotechnical structures.

Make and Model

Indigenously fabricated and commissioned at IIT Bombay


  • Configuration: Beam type

  • Platform radius: 4.5m

  • Model area:

    1.0m x 1.2m (up to 0.66m height)

    0.7m x 1.2m (up to 1.2m height)

  • Acceleration range: 10 gravities to 200 gravities

  • Payload: 2.5 tons at 100 gravities

  • Capacity: 250 g-tons

  • Run-up time to 200 gravities: 6 minutes

  • In-flight balancing range: 0 to ± 100kN

  • In-flight balancing time: 60 seconds

  • Good swing-out at g-level


  • Allows testing of 1/N times reduced small-scale physical models of geotechnical structures subjected to various types of loadings at N times gravity (N = scale factor or gravity level).

Facility in-charge

Contact Email

viswam[at] civil[dot] iitb[dot] ac[dot] in ngcf[at] civil[dot] iitb[dot] ac[dot] in


Behind Heavy Structures Laboratory,

Department of Civil Engineering

(w.e.f. )