Accession Number : AD0800746

Title :   DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION OF AIRFIELD CONE PENETROMETER

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Fenwick, W B

PDF Url : AD0800746

Report Date : Oct 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The airfield cone penetrometer is an instrument which will assist engineering personnel in determining an index of soil strengths for various military and civil applications. The forerunner of the airfield penetrometer was the trafficability penetrometer developed in 1946 by the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES), Vicksburg, Miss. The airfield penetrometer, also developed by WES, can be used as an aid in the assessment of the load- supporting capability of forward landing strips and the trafficability of ground supply routes, and can also be an aid in maintaining field control during construction operations. It is compact, sturdy, and simple enough to be used by persons who are relatively inexperienced in the techniques of soil- strength determination. The purpose of this report is to describe the airfield cone penetrometer, its use, and the application of data obtained by its use. The report includes information which will assist in solving specific trafficability problems. Also procedures are presented for using the airfield penetrometer to measure soil strength and for correlating soil strength with the number of passes that can be made by aircraft having various wheel loads and tire pressures.

Descriptors :   *LANDING FIELDS, *SOIL MECHANICS, CIVIL ENGINEERING, COMPACTING, COMPRESSIVE PROPERTIES, LANDING IMPACT, LOADS(FORCES), MEASUREMENT, METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, MILITARY ENGINEERING, PENETRATION, ROADS, RUNWAYS, TABLES(DATA), TEST EQUIPMENT, TRAFFICABILITY

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Soil Mechanics
      Civil Engineering
      Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE