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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Fourie, Christoffel Johannes Stephanus
Email sfourie@csir.co.za
URN etd-01162009-110629
Document Title In-situ subsurface density estimations using a seismic technique
Degree PhD
Department Geology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J L van Rooyen Supervisor
  • in-situ
  • density measurements
  • density estimations
Date 2008-09-03
Availability unrestricted

A new geophysical method was developed to satisfy a need for in-situ density measurements. Various situations, such as a gravity dam wall requires that density measurements should be done without damage to the structure. The sample volume should also not be that large in order to be sensitive enough for variations.

This method measures the in-situ density of the weathered layer and other man made structures, using seismic waves in three directions. The seismic waves utilized are P-waves and S-waves. It is however surface waves that are treated like body waves because they do not separate at this shallow depth.

These waves are very sensitive to the attenuation factor, which is in turn sensitive to certain physical properties of the propagation medium. This factor is utilsed when the multi layer problem is encountered. The maximum depth of exploration is 2-5m and depends solely on the seismic skin depth.

This method utilises a large base plate. The source is a large sledge hammer and shots are done at each side of the base plate. Different dominant frequencies are identified and used to calculate the densities of the layers associated with that specific frequency. The velocities of the subsurface are determined by small seismic refraction surveys.

The method will find application mainly in the civil and engineering geology fields. The main application will be to determine subsurface densities and small movement elasticity modulli for engineers to aid in obtaining adequate design parameters.

Case studies on three different geologic environments are presented. The results indicate that this method will be useful, although certain modifications are recommended to make this method even faster and more user friendly.

ŠUniversity of Pretoria 2007

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