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Standard Penetration Tests (SPT)

The result of Standard penetration test (SPT) is number of blows N (penetration resistance), needed to penetrate a sampling device to the soil or rock by a so called Interval of penetration depth d [m]. The value of this parameter is commonly assumed being equal to 0.3 m. For some types of tasks this value can be changed.

The number of blows N measured during the SPT test is correlated for the reason of various testing devices and for influence of weight of overburden in sands. Corrected (correlated) value N60 is used in calculations.

Correlated number of blows N60 is calculated according this equation:




Energetic ratio of testing device [%]



number of blows measured during SPT test [-/0.3m]



correlation for vertical stress [-]



user’s correlation [-]

Energetic ratio of testing device Er [%] represents the ratio of real energy Emeas and the calculated energy Etheor of the ram. It is not a necessary to use a correlation for a standard SPT device (Mohr), because efficiency of its machine is 60 % and correlation is performed to this value (the values measured during SPT test are used).

Correlation CN for vertical stress σ'V - represents the influence of weight of overburden in sands. The values of the correction factor CN greater than 1.5 should not be used (according to EN ISO 22476-3 recommendations).

Table of built in types of correlations


Type of consolidation

Relative compactness lp [%]

Correlation factor CN

Type 1 - EN ISO 22476-3 (Tab. A2)

Normally consolidated

40 - 60

Type 2 - EN ISO 22476-3 (Tab. A2)

60 - 80

Type 3 - EN ISO 22476-3 (Tab. A2)



Type 4 - EN ISO 22476-3

Normally consolidated sands


Type 5 - FHWA (1998), Peck (1974)






Effective vertical stress

User’s correlation λ [-] - represents the loss of energy due to the length of the system of rods, the impact of borehole diameter, or the influence of the sampling device.

The result of standard penetration test is its process plotted as a graph. The evaluation of standard penetration tests (SPT) are used as input parameters for the analyses in the "Micropile" program (Bustamante method).

Import of SPT

The results of standard penetration tests (SPT) can be imported into the program by inserting the file in different formats (eg. *.TXT, *.CSV, *.XLSX, *.ODS).


EN ISO 22476-3: Geotechnical investigation and testing - Field testing. Part 3: Standard penetration test, 2005.