Simple, Automated Pavement Characterization
VERTEK'S Automated Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (ADCP) system is equipped with automatically switched lift/drop mechanism and Windows-based Data Acquisition System (DAS), providing an accurate, fast, and efficient test method for evaluating in-situ conditions of new and existing highway and airfield pavements as well as quality control of new pavement construction. The ADCP-DAS determines the in-situ strength and thickness of soils, unbound granular base and subbase pavement layers, and sub grades. The ADCP provides the same results as the manual DCP – with improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The Data Acquisition System (DAS), provides on-site, real-time registration of blow count and depth. Optional Windows-based software simplifies data processing and analysis. DAS also provides automatic conversion of data into California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Limestone Bearing Ratio (LBR), sub grade modulus k, resilient modulus E, and Soil Support Value (SSV). The ADCP saves time and money – the lift/drop mechanism delivers up to 40 blows per minute, more than double the average manual speed, and since data is automatically recorded, it eliminates the need for a second person.
The ADCP can test layers beneath asphalt and concrete pavement by drilling a 1-inch diameter hole and a hydraulic core drill is an option on all ADCP platform configurations; no drilling is required to test un-surfaced pavements and soils. The ADCP can be mounted on a variety of platforms including trailers, light trucks, and all terrain vehicles.
The ADCP is mounted on a steel trailer with standard ball hitch that is approved for over-the-road transportation, and with a total weight of less than 1,500 pounds, it can be towed by any appropriately equipped light-duty vehicle. The ADCP system is powered by the tow vehicle's 12 VDC electrical system.
All Terrain Vehicle
The ADCP can be mounted on a medium sized all terrain vehicle such as the ASV Scout shown at left. The ADCP utilizes the Scout's electric and hydraulic systems for power and the platform's high level of mobility allows you to perform testing in hard to access areas.