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Baginska, I., Janecki, W., Sobotka, M.

Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, Vol. XXXV, No. 4, 2013 (2013)

Abstract: The paper deals with the methodology of performing and interpretation of seismic cone
penetration test (SCPT). This type of test is used to determine velocity of the seismic wave in the
soil medium. This study is focused on shear wave. The wave is triggered on the ground surface by
hitting an anvil with a sledgehammer. Then, vibrations induced at different depths are measured.
Based on recorded measurements wave velocity (Vs) and thus also small strain shear modulus
Gmax may be calculated. An interpretation of exemplary seismic test results is presented. Crossover
and cross-correlation methods are discussed and another, more adequate one is featured and
then applied in the interpretation example. Conditions for correct test performance and interpretation
are discussed.
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