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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 2, Number 3, September 2010 , pages 177-190

Design of a piezovibrocone and calibration chamber
Pijush Samui and T.G. Sitharam

    This paper presents the details of indigenous development of the piezovibrocone and calibration chamber. The developed cone has a cylindrical friction sleeve of 150 cm2 surface area, capped with a 600 apex angle conical tip of 15 cm2 cross sectional area. It has a hydraulic shaker, coupled to the cone penetrometer with a linear displacement unit. The hydraulic shaker can produce cyclic load in different types of wave forms (sine, Hover sine, triangular, rectangular and external wave) at a range of frequency 1-10 Hz with maximum amplitude of 10 cm. The piezovibrocone can be driven at the standard rate of 2 cm/sec using a loading unit of 10 ton capacity. The calibration chamber is of size 2m
Key Words
    calibration chamber; cone penetration test; piezovibrocone; site characterization; sand.
Pijush Samui: Centres for Disaster Mitigation and Management, VIT University, Vellore-632014, Tamilnadu, India
T.G. Sitharam: Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012, India

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