Dynamic Cone Penetrometer


The original Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) was developed in 1959 by the late Professor George F. Sowers. The DCP uses a 15 lb (6.8 kg) steel mass falling 20 in (50.8 cm) that strikes the anvil to cause penetration of a 1.5 in (3.8 cm) diameter cone (45° vertex angle) that has been seated in the bottom of a hand augered hole. The blows required to drive the embedded cone a depth of 1-3/4 in have been correlated by others to N values derived from the Standard Penetration Test (SPT). Experience has shown that the DCP can be used effectively in augered holes to depths of 15 to 20 ft. (4.6 to 6.1 m).

Heat treated cone, zinc plated components.The cone can be replaced with a plated Drive Tube Assembly for collection of 3 x 10 in (7.6 x 25.4 cm) tube samples in hand augered holes.

dynamic cone penetrometer


dynamic cone penetrometer in use
dynamic cone penetrometer in use
dynamic cone penetrometer in use

The S-200 Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and Auger Test Set for 10 ft depth includes:

  • Standard Sliding Drive Hammer Assembly
  • Cone Penetrometer Point with 1-ft Adaptor Rod
  • 30-in. “E” Drill Rods
  • Standard Auger Head
  • 36-in. Auger Extensions
  • Tee Handle and Operating Instructions
s-200 dynamic cone penetrometer

Sampler Tube (S-20035) with Drive Tube Head (S-20037) and Sliding Drive Hammer (S-20003)

S-205 Cone Penetrometer Test Set

  • For 10 ft depth
  • Similar to the S-200 set
  • Does not include auger items
s-205 dynamic cone penetrometer


Sleeve Drive Hammer

As a related item, the Sleeved Drive Hammer, S-20000, has been designed to provide a safe means of conducting the DCP Test in accordance with ASTM STP-399, the most widely accepted portable method for evaluating strength and density of soil, in situ.

It is designed to fit standard “E” drill rod extensions and is compatible with existing Dynamic Cone Penetrometer units. There are no exterior impact zones on the Sleeved Drive Hammer sides. The 15-pound Sleeved Drive Hammer unit is compact, easy to transport, is zinc-plated for protection against corrosion and is capable of being disassembled by the user for periodic inspection and cleaning. Patent Pending.

s-2000 sleeve drived hammer


For more information:

Catalog Pages
User Manual
Notes on useage

S-200DCP (w/STD Hammer) and Auger Test Set
S-201DCP (w/Sleeved Hammer) and Auger Test Set
S-205DCP (w/STD Hammer) Test Set
S-206DCP (w/Sleeved Hammer) Test Set