The most widely used testing apparatus for investigating the stress strain behaviour and the strength parameters of soils is the triaxial apparatus. Digital readings allow for greater accuracy and data interpolation.
Used in the following applications:
2. Shallow foundations
3. Piles and deep foundations
4. Earth retaining structures, diaphragm walls, anchors
5. Slope stability
6. Ground improvement
7. Design of embankments, earth dams
The one-dimensional consolidation test of a soil sample enables the engineer to ascertain
the settlement characteristic over a given period. This gives information on the
relationship the soil has between rate of compression and load applied. The soil
specimen under test is axially loaded and laterally contained.
The most current software allows for accurate and real time data collection/ processing,
giving a range of results and parameters.
A field test for determining the ultimate bearing capacity of soil and the likely settlement
of a foundation under a given load.
This is particularly beneficial to accurately select and design the correct foundation,
ensure the current platform is suitable for the designed load, calculate safe bearing
capacities and suitable factors of safety.
This method has been developed by the California State Highway Department, and is now accepted by almost all the international standards. The test is aimed at the evaluation of the mechanical strength of natural ground, subgrades and basecourses.
Selection of concrete proportions involves a balance between economy and requirements for placeability, strength, durability, density, and appearance.
Finding the right balance to achieve all these requirements comes mainly from experience.
The digital press allows results to be collected the instant material reaches failure, inputting the results directly onto a computer allows a real-time graph showing the load imposed on the specimen up until the moment of failure.
The press and software can be used for rock core samples and concrete cubes.
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