Spring Slider Earthquake Machine

Create and collect data on earthquakes right on your lab bench. This updated take on a classic experiment can be used for labs from high school to graduate school. Free stick-slip software displays data in real-time as your students explore the world of rock friction.

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$699.99

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Adhesive Sandpaper Rolls 220 Grit

These adhesive backed sandpaper rolls can be used with our spring-slider stick slip model to replace worn out tracks or to change the behavior of the system by changing its roughness. Each strip is 4 feet long, enough for the track and slider. Available in three grits (higher grit is smoother).

Adhesive Sandpaper Rolls 120 Grit

These adhesive backed sandpaper rolls can be used with our spring-slider stick slip model to replace worn out tracks or to change the behavior of the system by changing its roughness. Each strip is 4 feet long, enough for the track and slider. Available in three grits (higher grit is smoother).

Adhesive Sandpaper Rolls 100 Grit

These adhesive backed sandpaper rolls can be used with our spring-slider stick slip model to replace worn out tracks or to change the behavior of the system by changing its roughness. Each strip is 4 feet long, enough for the track and slider. Available in three grits (higher grit is smoother).

Earthquakes are a complex interaction of many parameters in the Earth, but now you can generate your very own earthquakes to study! The spring-slider apparatus gives you on demand earthquakes to explore right on your benchtop. This classic experiment has been updated with modern technology to allow students to actually measure load and displacement in the system. Lab activities range from qualitative discussions in introductory classes to advanced data analysis and rate-and-state frictional studies for graduate level students.

Unveil the complexities of earthquakes with our Spring-Slider Earthquake Machine, designed for undergraduate and graduate laboratory classes in geology, structural geology, fault mechanics, and beyond. This innovative apparatus allows students to generate earthquakes on demand, right from their benchtop, offering a hands-on approach to seismic exploration.

Key Features:

  1. Comprehensive Setup: Consisting of a base plate, slider block, and electronics assembly, our earthquake machine provides a complete setup for studying seismic phenomena in the classroom.

  2. Frictional Mechanics: Utilizing frictional mechanics and rate-and-state frictional relations, the apparatus simulates earthquake dynamics, allowing students to delve into phenomena like healing, stick-slip, slow-slip, steady sliding, and creep.

  3. Quantitative Data Collection: Unlike traditional earthquake simulators, our apparatus incorporates modern technology to enable real-time measurement of load and displacement. Students can gather quantitative data, enhancing their understanding of seismic processes and building essential data analysis skills.

  4. Versatile Education Tool: Suitable for both introductory discussions and advanced studies, the earthquake machine accommodates varying levels of complexity in laboratory activities. Students can progress from qualitative observations to advanced data analysis, deriving frictional parameters and exploring complex frictional properties.

  5. Safety Precautions: Safety is paramount, and our apparatus includes safeguards to prevent entanglement hazards. Users are advised to ensure loose hair, clothing, or jewelry does not interfere with the motor mechanism during operation.

Unlock the mysteries of earthquakes and empower your students with real quantitative data and hands-on experimentation. With our Spring-Slider Earthquake Machine, seismic exploration reaches new heights, inspiring the geologists and researchers of tomorrow.

Complete spring slider kit

  • Spring slider apparatus
  • USB Mini-B to A Cable
  • 3 grits of adhesive back sandpaper
  • Power supply
  • 1kg Load Cell
  • Precision stepper motor and motor controller
  • Hand control pendant (stops on release)
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Product contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.
  • WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.