Menard pressuremeter test



The pressuremeter test is an in situ controlled load-deformation test that is performed by applying pressure to the sidewalls of a borehole using a radially expanded probe. From the test readings (volume variation based on controlled pressure), a strain-strain curve can be obtained from the soil in the case of plane deformation.

The pressuremeter test provides the following parameters as a function of depth:

  • Ménard pressuremeter modulus (EM);
  • Creep pressure (Pf);
  • Limit pressure (Pl);

The outcomes of pressuremeter tests (PMT) allows engineers to design foundations that will be stable.

Our soil laboratory software “CiviLab” facilitates the processing of The pressuremeter test and reduces the time required, also CiviLab provides high quality reports and archives them properly

CiviLab manage the following process:

  • Pressure loss calibration (Linear and nonlinear: P= b. Va + c);
  • Volume loss calibration (V(P) = a.P +Vc);
  • Plotting the curve of volume variation as a function of pressure;
  • The calculation of: EM, Pf and Pl;
  • Plotting the pressuremeter profile;
User manual: Menard pressuremeter test


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  14. Menard pressuremeter test;
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  23. In-Situ Density Measurements.
  24. Shallow foundations:
    • Evaluation of bearing capacity from: laboratory tests, dynamic penetrometer test, cone penetration test and Menard pressuremeter test;
    • Settlement evaluation from the pressuremeter test.

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