Why is vibrocoring frequently used in marine ground investigation?

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If only shallow marine ground geotechnical information is required for design purpose, vibrocoring is inevitably a good choice for sampling disturbed samples. In vibrocoring, a core barrel and an inner liner usually of 100mm diameter and 6m long are vibrated into the seabed. Since the installation of vibrocoring involves the vibration of barrels, there is considerable disturbance of recovered samples. Vibrocoring has the merit of the fast speed of sample recovery (e.g. up to 14 cores can be obtained in one day). Moreover, the cost of vibrocoring operation is low when compared with other viable marine geotechnical investigation options.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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