Establishing the bearing capacity of piles, piers, and shafts is difficult and expensive for engineers to determine. The Osterberg Load Cell allows geotechnical engineers to determine the capacity of drilled shafts, piers, and driven piles. It is used to test for the bearing and skin friction forces that can be developed in the soil through which the shaft, pier, or pile is placed.
Fact Sheet ID Number
osterberg load cell, pressure cell, excavation, drilled test, foundation
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Osterberg Load Cell" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 82.