Seismic Shaker

TU Delft

A seismic shaker, capable of applying low frequency forces repeatable to the ground, was developed and built.

For seismic monitoring and exploration of oil and gas reserves the ground is excited with a vibrator. Commercially available systems use hydraulics to create the required forces. For the excitation at low frequencies (2-5 Hz), the non-linear behavior of the hydraulics is the limiting factor in the performance. Therefore, a new shaker, based on linear motor technology was developed.

The Shaker is being used by spinoff company Seismic Mechatronics.

Challenges

  • Obtaining a signal bandwidth of 2-200Hz without limitations from internal resonances within the 1000 kg structure

  • Creating a stiff, frictionless and repeatable guiding for 24/7 usage

  • Designing a low stiffness gravity compensator

Key Competences

  • Prediction of frequency response functions / mode shape analyses

  • Construction Principles for Precision Engineering

Results

  • In the field tested prototype

  • Working prototype for research of non-linear ground behavior

Cooperation

  • TU Delft for seismic specifications

  • Magnetic Innovations for actuator and amplifier design

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The Netherlands

Tel.: +31(0)40-2914920
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