Earth Pressure Cells: Design, Calibration, and Performance

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Paper, Division of Building Research, National Research Council Canada; Issue 109
Physical description16 p.
Subjectearth pressure; earth fills; pressure detectors; pressure gages; pressure meters
AbstractThis report outlines the problems and difficulties of earth pressure cell design and operation. It describes the operating principles of several types of earth pressure cells and measuring instruments. With this background, the selection of a cell for a specific purpose is discussed. It is recommended that to measure earth pressures on retaining walls etc. the vibrating wire gauges offer the best opportunity for successful measurements. To measure internal pressures in earth masses the Plantema earth pressure cell is recommended; for dynamic stresses the California State Highway Dept. cell has the best features and for pore pressures the Plantema pore water pressure cell is recommended.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6009
NPARC number20375703
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Record created2012-07-23
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