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E-1100 Nilcon Field Vane Apparatus

Measuring vane or shear strength of soil is an effective method to estimate bearing capacity of cohesive soils. Two field vane devices are offered here. Small vane testers can be found under related items E-285, E-290, E-286, and E-288. The manually operated unit, E-1100, rotates the vane with a hand crank and results are recorded on a wax paper graph. The electric vane test instrument E-1110, rotates the vane with a variable speed drive powered with 12VDC. Measurement is done with a PC. All data is collected in the hard drive.

Either instrument is driven into the soil by any kind of drilling or pushing equipment or by the field drivers shown on this page. Drill rods are fed through the instrument until the desired depth is reached. A slip coupling eliminates influence of rod friction against soil. Recording of torque is done every 0.15o. Measurements are carried out with strain gauges. Shear strength is automatically calculated by the program.

The manual field vane, E-1100, has been used world wide for over 30 years. The recently introduced electric device E-1110, automates the entire operation.

Vanes are high quality nickel-chrome steel designed to penetrate the soil easily without disturbance. The recording instrument has a measuring range of 0-120Nm, and with no. 2 vane, this is equivalent to a shear strength of 0-100 kPa. Accuracy is better than 1% at full range. Weight is 55 lb (22kg).

As many variations and a large array of accessories are available, we ask that prospects for this apparatus contact us so that we can make specific recommendations.

The following vanes are available:

Vane no.
Diameter, mm
Height, mm
Measurement range kPa

Related Items:
E-1150 Static Penetrometer, Recording
E-285 Pocket Vane Shear Tester
E-290 Hand Vane Tester
E-286 Inspection Vane Set
E-288 Field Inspection Vane Borer

top: (left) E-1100, (rt)Typical Recording;
bottom: Vane No. 2

This item is part of the following categories:

Other items in the in-situ category include:

S1025 Rock Bore Hole Shear Tester
S1000 Soil Bore Hole Shear Apparatus (BST)
E-1006A Double Ring Infiltrometer Apparatus
D1130 Drill Rod with Coupling AW
E-1320 Stork motorized Cathead for Lifting Hammer
E-920 Clegg Impact Soil Tester 4.5kg
D1230 Soil Sampling Tube Kit 18
D1220 Auger-Tube Kit
E-910.2 Cone and Staff 0.2 sq. in.
E-901 Proctor Penetrometer
E-1314 Wildcat Dynamic Vane Log Program
D1140 Sealing Wax, 1 lb block
D1310-D1345 Power Soil Drill Accessories
D1300 Power Soil Drill
D1200 Soil Auger
S1050 Back Pressured Ko Stepped Blade
D1100 Soil Sampling Kit
D1105 Hand Hammer Assembly 35 lb
D1110 Heavy Duty Split Spoon Sampler 2,,
D1350 Tripod Lifting Frame Kit
U-2200-U-2207 Sample Bags
U-2221 Sample Jars
E-810 Agricultural Soil Moisture Tester
E-815 Soil pH and Moisture Meter
E-825 Soil Compaction Penetrometer
E-840 Irrometers for Soil Moisture
E-1100 Nilcon Field Vane Apparatus
E-1150 Static Penetrometer, Recording
D1345 Bucket Auger 4 for Power Soil Drill
E-1310 Cone Tips
E-1315 Sounding Rods
E-803 Carbide (Speedy) Moisture Reagent
E-910.1 Extension 19
(for Cone Penetrometer)
S1002 Air Operated Bore Hole Shear Tester (BST)
S1010 Bore Hole Depth Kit
S1011 BST Pore Pressure System
S1015 Field Repair Kit
E-1312 Shear Vane
E-1206 Soil Box Leads
E-1205 Soil Boxes, Resistivity
U-2210 Sample Cans
E-1200 Soil Resistivity Meter
S1098-S1112 Water Level Indicators
E-910 C of E Cone Penetrometer
E-850 Soil Assessment Cone Penetrometer
E-1280 TRL Dynamic Cone Penetrometer
E-1300 Dynamic Cone Penetrometer
E-1318 Torque Wrench with socket and hex key
E-1210 Resistivity Test Reel with Soil Pins, 20
D1210 Iwan Augers
E-960 Soil Trafficability Set
E-801 Speedy 2000 Type Carbide Moisture Tester
E-1005A Double Ring Infiltrometer Set
E-1130A Borehole Vane Shear Test Set
E-1215 Soil Resistivity Test Kit
D1115H Shelby Tube, Thin Wall Sampler 3,,

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