Frank Georg Schulz | TERRATEST

Applications for Mobile Light Weight Deflectometer

Oct 20th 2015 at 12:37 AM

A light weight deflectometer is a testing and measuring device specifically designed to determine the soil bearing capacity, and compaction quality of ground materials. They can be pavement surfaces, non-cohesive subbases or other types of soil/pavement material. They are built for simple and streamlined soil testing, eliminating the need for tedious processes that traditional testing methods required. Thanks to new technology, soil testing via light weight deflectometers is made even easier, particularly because of the many additional features device manufacturers incorporate to optimize the process.

Light weight deflectometers are extremely efficient in testing different soil and pavement layers, including areas that larger, limiting falling weight deflectometers cannot reach. Because of their compact and lightweight/portable design, LWDs can easily be used in hard to access areas, such as ditches and trenches. This makes them very suitable for different types of civil engineering works as well as other applications like road construction, airport runway design, and railway engineering. LWDs also find great use in other types of earthworks like canal construction, and the design, protection, and maintenance/quality control of utility trenches. Projects that call for an evaluation or examination of the foundation fillings of constructions and roadbeds also find LWDs more practical than many other types of soil and compaction testing devices.

Light weight deflectometers are designed with universal standards and guidelines in mind, making them a reliable tool for self-monitoring and site checking. They are the preferred equipment by many construction and design professionals because they provide immediate results. Modern LWDs are also designed with ergonomic configurations and a tough yet compact construction, making them suitable for different types of rugged environments. This design also allows for single-personnel operation and greater mobility for multiple testing sites.

Regardless of your application in mind, mobile, lightweight deflectometers make great investments for construction and design firms, particularly those that do earthworks on a regular basis. LWDs are extremely useful in the planning, design, construction, and even well after the groundbreaking of a particular project. They can also be used during maintenance tests and surveys of properties to ensure soil ground strength.

Light falling weight deflectometer testers are mainly designed for measuring and testing soil compaction, but they can be used for an entire range of other engineering and design applications. They are also used for constructing/designing/testing road constructions, engineering sites, railway tracks, power lines, landscaping, and many more.

About The Author:
TERRATEST GmbH is world leader in development and manufacturing of Light Weight Deflectometers for dynamic load plate test. They offer the world’s first light weight deflectometer “TERRATEST 5000 BLU” with Bluetooth and voice navigation. For more information about their products visit their website!

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