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Shake Table I-40

Desktop simulator for structural dynamics modelling and control

Earthquake Engineering

The Quanser Shake Table I-40 is an open architecture bench-scale single-axis earthquake simulator ideal for teaching structural dynamics and control, earthquake engineering and other control topics related to civil engineering. With pre-loaded acceleration profiles of real earthquakes, such as Northridge and El-Centro, students can study their effects on buildings, bridges and various materials.


Product Details

The Shake Table I-40 consists of a stage mounted on a high-quality, low backlash linear guide with a total travel of 40.0 mm and is driven using a ball-screw drive mechanism. Using the high torque direct drive motor, the stage loaded with a 1.5 kg mass can be accelerated up to 1.0 g. The high-resolution encoder enables the system to obtain a linear stage position resolution of 1.22 μm.

  • Compact, portable, low maintenance
  • Precise and accurate positioning using high-resolution encoder and low-backlash guide
  • Ball-screw mechanism for robust actuation
  • Standalone software operation using Shake Table I-40 software or highly-flexible operation and control design using QUARC® for MATLAB®/Simulink®
  • Integrated safety features and limits
Dimensions (H x L x W) 57.5 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
Total mass 5.88 kg
Payload area (L x W) 43.2 cm x 10.2 cm
Maximum payload at 1.0 g¹ 1.5 kg
Maximum travel ± 20 mm
Operational bandwidth¹ 10 Hz
Maximum velocity (with 1.5 kg payload)¹ 41.7 cm/s
Maximum acceleration (with 1.5 kg payload)¹ 1 g
Lead screw pitch 10 mm/rev
Servomotor power 70 W
Amplifier maximum continuous current 3 A
Motor maximum torque 3.53 N.m
Lead screw encoder resolution (in quadrature) 8192 counts/rev
Effective stage position resolution 1.22 μm

¹ Please contact Quanser for full operational bandwidth specifications

  • Modeling and transfer function representation
  • PID control
  • Bandwidth curves

The following additional components are required to complete your workstation, and are sold separately:

For Simulink

  • QUARC® add-on for MATLAB®/Simulink®
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe


  • Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (Q-RCP) Toolkit® add-on for NI LabVIEW™
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe

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