BSP International Foundations has added a new compactor to its product range in order to meet market demand for heavier and more productive ground improvement equipment.
The new RIC-16000 compactor extend the top end of BSP’s existing four-model range with a 16t dropweight, which is capable of consolidation at depths of up to 8m in the right ground conditions.
According to BSP, its RIC compactors have been successfully used to consolidate gravel, sands and some silts as well as industrial mining and waste fills. The company added that the ability to dump and compact sand or stone to significant depths simplifies remediation practices and is less expensive than other excavation and replacement techniques.
Specifications of the new compactor include a dropweight mass of 16t, an impact energy of 240kNm and typical blow rates of 40bpm. It is suitable for mounting to hydraulic excavators with operating weights between 75t and 92t and can be mobilised in minutes after arriving on site.
The RIC-16000 has an on-board data logger to record the input energy and ground resistance of each hammer blow. In addition to the data logged – increments of penetration, the number of blows, total energy depth reached – it is possible to add GPS positioning to the system and generate data maps for a site showing the rate of progress and presenting results in a more meaningful way to clients and consultants.
The impact foot stays in permanent contact with the ground at all times during operation, eliminating the risk of flying debris. In operation the RIC-16000 is positioned over a designated area by the excavator operator. Hydraulic cylinders, inside the support frame are operated to lower the compactor and impact foot onto the ground. The foot is then rapidly struck at a controlled rate by the compactor’s 16t dropweight. The energy generated is transferred to the ground through a special 2m diameter anvil block and impact foot, which penetrates and compacts the material at the impact point being treated. The natural articulation of the foot accommodates uneven ground and can penetrate 1m below original ground level without having to be repositioned.