Power Analysis of an Automated Dynamic Cone Penetrometer

Report No. ARL-TR-7494
Authors: C Wesley Tipton IV and Donald H Porschet
Date/Pages: September 2015; 26 pages
Abstract: We present an analysis of the power requirements of an automated Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) based on a 16-mm diameter drive rod. The concept system has an estimated weight of 25 kg (not including batteries and rod) and requires eight BA5590 batteries to complete a typical site survey. At an impact rate of 1 Hz, a 100 CBR survey would take approximately 3.6 h of operating time.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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