Volume 25, Issue 3 (September 2002)
Development of a Multiple-Purpose Borehole Testing Device for Soft Rock
The authors developed a versatile in situ testing device specifically for soft rock. The main purpose of this device was to provide design parameters for shallow or deep foundations in soft rock. The new device, referred to as the Borehole Testing Device (BTD) consisted of four radial curved platens at the top and a circular steel plate at the bottom. The BTD was designed to be used in a 200-mm-diameter borehole. Driven by a high stress pressuremeter and a hydraulic piston, the BTD can be used to perform a borehole jacking test, plate-loading test, and borehole shear test in the same borehole. A multistage testing procedure was proposed to perform the BTD test. This paper describes the design and operation of the BTD and presents a set of test data to demonstrate the capabilities of the BTD.