The Naval Seafloor Research Program at CSULA

Research Agenda


The program’s current research focuses on determining the strength of soft seafloor soils at shallow depths using specialized in-situ penetrometers. Specifically, the strength determination of soft clay soils using flow-pentrometers are being compared to more traditional in-situ tools such as the cone penetrometer and vane shear. Large-scale clay specimens are being prepared in a specially designed slurry consolidometer that will allow side-by-side comparisons of penetrometer tools to shallow depth.

Mixing Slurry Mixing Slurry

Compressor and Tank in CSULA lab

Extracting Slurry


Compressing of Slurry in Tank

Vane shear, Cone penetrometer, Ball penetrometer

Bottom of the Tank with Metal Grate Filter

Tank and compressor
NSERP at California State University, Los Angeles  Last Updated On: February 01, 2010