A dilatometer test consists of pushing a flat blade located at the end of a series of rods. Once at the testing depth, a circular steel membrane located on one side of the blade is expanded horizontally into the soil. The pressure is recorded at three specific moments during the test. The blade is then advanced to the next testing depth. The design applications of the dilatometer test include: deep foundations under horizontal and vertical load, shallow foundations under vertical load, compaction control, and any other geotechnical problems which can make use of the soil parameters obtained from the dilatometer test.

  • Corporate Authors:

    PSC Associates, Incorporated

    200 Blossom Lane
    Mountain View, CA  United States  94041

    Federal Highway Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Riaund, J-L
    • Miran, J
  • Publication Date: 1992-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 113 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00625094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-SA-91-044
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1993 12:00AM