Resonant-Column Apparatus for Coarse-Grained Materials

    Volume 8, Issue 3 (September 1985)

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    CODEN: GTJOAD

    Page Count: 5


    Heiniger, C
    Research associate and former director of research group on soil dynamics, Institute of Foundation Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich,

    Studer, JA
    Research associate and former director of research group on soil dynamics, Institute of Foundation Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich,

    Abstract

    To investigate the low-strain dynamic properties of soils with grain size up to 25 mm (1 in.), a resonant column apparatus for specimens of 150 mm (6 in.) diameter and 450 mm (18 in.) height has been developed. Fine-grained materials can be tested using smaller specimens of at least 50 mm (2 in.) diameter. Compressive and torsional wave propagation at strains of the order of 10−4% and into the nonlinear range (up to approximately 5 × 10−2%) can be investigated at ambient air pressure up to 600 kPa (87 psi). Keeping the amplitude of excitation constant by means of an electronic feedback system, the specimen's resonant frequency and amplification can be found directly from the response curve by recording the amplitude ratio of accelerations at both ends of the specimen as a function of frequency. The equipment can be adapted to special research requirements or used to carry out routine measurements for scientific consulting.


    Paper ID: GTJ10524J

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ10524J

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    Title Resonant-Column Apparatus for Coarse-Grained Materials
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