Comparison of soil strength measurements of agricultural soils in Nebraska

Wendy Wieder, Sally Shoop, Lynette Barna, Trenton Franz, Catherine Finkenbiner

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In 2014 the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) was engaged in field testing program to investigate a soil moisture mapping system as a crop management tool. In conjunction with this work, the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (ERDC-CRREL) deployed a team to perform soil characterization and strength measurements at three agricultural test sites. The primary objective was an investigation of the Lightweight Deflectometer (LWD) as a soil surface strength tool for the purposes of assessing bearing capacity of soft soils. The LWD measurements were performed with those from more “standard” tests, i.e. the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer, Cone Penetrometer, and Clegg Impact Hammer to determine if the LWD produced results that compared with these methods. The strength test data were also used to calculate California Bearing Ratio (CBR) values using existing equations in order to see if the different test methods produced similar CBR values that could in turn be used to predict the bearing capacity of the sites. The secondary objective was to compare the strength data with the corresponding soil water content data taken by UNL to determine if soil moisture was an indicator of soil strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Terramechanics
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural soils
  • Bearing capacity
  • CI
  • CIH
  • DCP
  • LWD
  • Soil strength
  • Soil water content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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