The penetrometer measurement is a simple and yet very sensitive method of determining the penetration resistance in the soil. This value is of great importance both for agriculture and for the assessment of building ground. The soil compaction, for example in the driving tracks of agricultural equipment, but also the success of processing technologies can be assessed. For construction projects the penetration resistance is a sign of stability and the load bearing capacity of the soil.
Type of soil, density, soil moisture, humus content and coarse soil content are factors influencing the penetration resistance. In view of this bandwidth of influencing parameters and the simple handling, penetrometers are very well suited to make statements about the homogeneity of soil areas.
This electronic penetrometer was specially developed together with the Humboldt University Berlin, as part of a project involving the ZIM, to determine penetration resistance with high spatial resolution for large test areas in a short time and with minimum physical effort.
The manual penetrometer basically consists of a measuring instrument, a probe rod and a probe cone. The instrument is pressed at a right angle into the soil by applying pressure on both handles.
The Penetrologger is a flexible instrument for measurements of the penetration resistance in the field.