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Author Sanathkumara, K.N. ♦ Cubero, S.N.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2007
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations ♦ Other branches of engineering
Subject Keyword Performance evaluation ♦ System testing ♦ Mechatronics ♦ Microcontrollers ♦ Control systems ♦ soil ♦ control ♦ automated trip hammer ♦ microcontroller ♦ sensors ♦ hydraulic ♦ Automatic testing ♦ ATH ♦ Hydraulic actuators ♦ Soil ♦ Automatic control ♦ Monitoring
Abstract This paper describes the design and performance of a mechatronic system for controlling a standard drop-hammer mechanism that is commonly used in performing outdoor soil or ground hardness tests. A low-cost microcontroller is used to control a hydraulic actuator to repeatedly lift and drop a standard free-falling weight that strikes a pipe (sampler) which is pushed deeper into the ground with each impact. The depth of the sampler pipe and position of the hydraulic cylinder are monitored and the number of drops, soil penetration depth and other test information are recorded in a database for future analysis. This device, known as the "automated trip hammer" (ATH), allows the automation and faster completion of a typically labour-intensive and slow testing process that can introduce human error and the risk of serious injuries.
Description Author affiliation: Bossong Eng., Welshpool (Sanathkumara, K.N.)
ISBN 9781424413577
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2007-12-04
Publisher Place China
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 886.57 kB
Page Count 6
Starting Page 223
Ending Page 228


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library