Development of a non-destructive procedure for estimating the length of in-situ soil nails

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Conference55th Canadian Geotechnical Conference: 20 October 2002, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Pages18; # of pages: 8
AbstractSoil nails are used to stabilise soil embankments in the same way that rock anchors are placed to stabilise cuts into rock layers. Because of the large number of soil nails, which are installed every year in many parts of the world, particularly the Far East, a rapid and reliable method is desired to check the in-situ length of the nails. The industry tried to adopt the non-destructive sonic technique that measures the length of in-ground piles (ASTM D5882-00, Standard Test Method for Low Strain Integrity Testing of Piles) but the system showed severe limitations when it was applied to soil nails. A field procedure, which would reasonably estimate the lengths of installed nails, was therefore sought. This paper will present the difficulties encountered in trying to develop a practical test procedure using sonic wave techniques, the results of tests completed to date and the prospects for a successful outcome.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number46089
NPARC number20386096
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