A Modern Cone Penetration Testing Vehicle

by John L. Davidson, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA,
David G. Bloomquist, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering


The geotechnical group at the University of Florida recently purchased a new insitu testing cone truck. This is a powerful, all wheel drive, off-the-road vehicle designed specially for quasi-static penetration testing. Power take-offs from the engine provide electrical power for air conditioners, wall sockets and the computer-based data acquisition system, as well as hydraulic power for the truck's leveling system and for the 20 metric ton penetration ram assembly. The paper describes the major features of the vehicle. It also describes the piezocones, samplers and dilatometer purchased as part of the package.

Subject Headings: Penetration tests | Electric power | Vehicles | Electrical systems | Material tests | Colleges and universities | Engines | HVAC

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