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200 kN Multi-Purpose CPT Penetrometer Platform

The 200 kN multi-purpose CPT penetrometer platform is an economical skid-based rig with full CPT testing capabilities. It comes with CW-couplings for quick and easy attaching to a hydraulic excavator. It is suitable for both electrical and mechanical CPT testing.

The platform is ballasted up to a weight of approx. 5,000 kg and fully autonomous due to its diesel-hydraulic power pack. It comes with a safety handrail all around. The diesel-hydraulic power-pack is removable, so it can also be used for other kind of jobs as well.

The platform features a CW-coupling for the attachment of the whole to an excavator and twist-locks for mounting on a truck or jack-up barge. The position of the CW-coupling is such that optimum use is made of the counterweight, that the boom of the excavator can offer.

It comprises a 2-cylinder CPT penetrometer pusher, a diesel-hydraulic power-pack with load-sensing pump, manually operated valves, stainless-steel tube rack, stainless-steel housing for datalogger and computer, etc. All accessories and CPT equipment can be lodged on the platform itself.

A hydraulic CPT penetrometer pusher with a push capacity of 200 kN, comprising 2 vertical hydraulic cylinders, simultaneously operated with a stroke of 1350 mm. A thrust block connects the two cylinders and is capable of driving and pulling the CPT sounding tubes and casing tubes into and out of the ground.

A hydraulic control unit, mounted on a console near the CPT penetrometer pusher, allows the operator to control all functions.

The unit comes complete with a guiding tubes, to be applied between the penetrometer and ground level.

The CPT penetrometer pusher is powered by a diesel-hydraulic power-pack. The power-pack comprises an electrically started Hatz 1-cylinder direct-injected diesel engine (9.5 kW @ 2800 RPM) incorporated in silent-pack housing. The engine, installed on 4 shock-absorbing engine supports, drives a Linde load-sensing pump by means of a propeller shaft and flanges. Large hydraulic oil reservoir with effective 2-stage filtering system.

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 2500 x 2500 x 2300 mm
  • Weight (without accessories/equipment): Approx. 5,000 kg
  • Engine: Hatz 1-cylinder direct-injected diesel engine
  • Power: 9.5 kW @ 2800 RPM
  • Fuel tank: 9 litres
  • Battery: 12 V / 60 Ah
  • Pump: Linde, load-sensing
  • Hydraulic tank: 200 litre
  • Hydraulic filtering: 2 stage
  • Max. pushing force: 200 kN
  • Max. pulling force: 260 kN
  • Unloaded speed up: 105 mm/sec
  • Unloaded speed down: 145 mm/sec
  • CPT testing speed: 20 mm/sec

The 200 kN multi-purpose CPT penetrometer platform can be supplied with the following accessories and CPT equipment:

  • Hydraulic catch, integrated in the support beam of the CPT penetrometer pusher, holds the tubes when working e.g. over water or when retrieving tubes out of very soft soils
  • Stainless steel rack with foldable trays for the storage of 40 CPT tubes
  • Stainless steel housing for storage data acquisition system and laptop
  • Workbench with steel frame
  • Bench-vice for workbench
  • Canopy for the working area made of tarpaulin of extra heavy-duty quality with a passage in the roof for the penetrometer pusher
  • 2-dimensional level (type “bull’s eye”), adjustable, make Kern
  • Toolbox with toolset for maintenance and repair
  • Electrical CPT system with standard or piezocone
  • Mechanical CPT system (discontinuous) with manual read-out
  • Mechanical CPT system (continuous or discontinuous) with automated read-out
  • CPT sounding tubes
  • Casing tubes and cutting shoe
  • Manuals in English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish or Portuguese

The CPT penetrometer rig is designed and built in accordance with national and international standards and regulations. It complies with the provisions of the EC Directive 2006/42/EG and is provided with CE marking certifying that it meets EU consumer safety, health and environmental requirements.

The rig is equipped with a 200 kN CPT penetrometer pusher suitable to accommodate the measuring equipment for all kinds of Cone Penetration Tests with a maximum pushing force of 200 kN, such as:

  • Piezocone CPTU testing
  • Electrical CPT testing with standard electric CPT cone
  • Dissipation testing (when using a piezocone)
  • Seismic SCPT(U) testing with a triaxial seismic adapter
  • Magnetometer soil investigation
  • Continuous and discontinuous mechanical CPT

The Cone Penetration Tests can be performed according to international standards like ISO 22476-1, ISO 22476-12, NF P94-113, Eurocode 7, ISSMGE standard, ASTM D3441-05, ASTM D5778-12, ASTM D6067-96, ASTM D7400-08, and alike. This includes of course Class 1 piezocone CPTU tests and dissipation tests.

The operating procedures of the machine are described in detailed, easy-to-read and well-illustrated user manuals.