SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1970

Suggested Method of Test for Density of Soil in Place by the Drive-Cylinder Method


The drive-cylinder method for determining in-place density involves obtaining a relatively undisturbed soil sample by driving a thin-walled cylinder into the soil with a special driving head. Two procedures are described for performing this test, one for testing at the surface or at very shallow depths, usually less than 3 ft (1 m), and one for testing at greater depths.

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Guinnee, JW
Geology, and Foundations Highway Research Board, Washington, D. C.
Womack, LM
Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Civil Engineering Branch,/WLCC/, Kirtland AFB, N. Mex.
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 496–501
DOI: 10.1520/STP38546S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5570-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0051-0