Slope Indicator’s pneumatic piezometer can be sealed in a borehole,
embedded in fill, or fixed in a standpipe. Twin tubing runs from the
piezometer to a terminal at the surface.
Water pressure and gas pressure act on opposite sides of a diaphragm
inside the piezometer body. The diaphragm acts as a valve. In its
“closed” position, it seals off the vent tube, preventing the escape
When a reading is required, a pneumatic indicator with a supply of
nitrogen gas is connected to the tubing at the surface. The indicator
sends gas down the input tube. Gas pressure on the diaphragm
increases. Gas pressure becomes greater than the water pressure and
forces the diaphragm away from the vent tube. Gas then escapes
through the vent tube to the surface.
At the surface, the operator observes a return flow of gas and shuts
off the gas supply. Gas pressure in the piezometer tip decreases until
the diaphragm is again forced against the vent tube, preventing
further escape of gas.
At this point, gas pressure in the piezometer and tubing equals the
water pressure on the other side of the diaphragm. The operator
obtains a reading from the indicator’s pressure gauge, which is
connected to the input tube.
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