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Total Earth Pressure Cell

TPC-4000 series Total Earth Pressure cells are designed to measure total pressure (effective stress and pore water pressure) in soils and at the interface between structures and the wall of excavation.

They are constructed from two stainless steel plates, welded around their periphery with the narrow gap between the plates filled with hydraulic fluid.

External pressure on the outside surfaces of the cell squeezes the two plates together creating an internal fluid pressure. A length of stainless steel tube connects the cell to a pressure transducer which converts the fluid pressure into an electrical signal which can be directly readout or transmitted to a data logging system.

Models 4010 and 4020 are designed to measure soil pressures on structures. It is fitted with an extra thick back plate on one side which is placed against the structure so as to avoid any warping of the cell. The other side has a thin plate welded to the back plate which provides sensitive measurement of soil pressures.

Pressure Range Models VWTPC-4000 & 4010: 344, 518, 690, 1034 kPa; Model VWTPC-4020 & 4030: 400, 600, 1000 kPa
Over range 150% FS
Resolution ± 0.025% FS, Infinite
Accuracy ± 0.1% FS
Linearity <0.5% FS
Outer diameter 165, 245, 320mm
Active diameter 150, 230, 305mm
Operating temp -20°C to +80°C; -30°C to +95°C

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