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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PR16 PERMEAMETER! (previously Chameleon)

Using PR16 Permeameter System, students (high schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions) would be able to learn Darcy Law first-hand. The system has all the parts and pieces needed and The Chameleon software provides real-time graphs and calculations which are great educational tools.

Example Applications 

 

Onsite Septic System Construction: Onsite septic systems need to be made at the soil layer (horizon) that has the most permeability.


 

In-house measurements. Many companies or research organisations need to perform soil hydraulic conductivity measurements on site and where usually expert work force and instruments are very limited. The PR16 Permeameter is a complete kit that comes with a user-friendly software and a step-by-step Quick Start Guide. Therefore a person with minimal soil physics knowledge and experience would be able to successfully use The PR16 Permeameter and achieve reliable results. 
 


 

Remote Sites and Developing Countries. Expert work force and scientific instruments are limited in remote areas and underdeveloped countries and regions. The PR16 Permeameter does not require an expert to operate.

 


Oil and Mining Projects: The PR16 Permeameter has many applications in mining and oil industry including measuring permeability of oil rock samples and clay liners.

 



Irrigation Projects: Soil permeability is the most basic information when dealing with irrigation projects. Putting more water than what it can take will result in water logging, runoff and soil erosion. 

 


Constructions Projects: Soil permeability is a key factor in construction projects, whether it is a building, a dam, a reservoir or any other type of construction. 

 


 



Educational Soil Physics Labs. Using PR16 System, students (high schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions) would be able to learn Darcy Law first-hand. The kit has all the parts and pieces needed and Chameleon software provides real-time graphs and calculations which are great educational tools. 

 


Environmental Monitoring Systems: Tracing chemical agents and modeling their movement and transport in the soil is not possible without a good understanding of soil-water dynamics and soil permeability. 


 

 


Storm Water Management Projects: The golden question while designing a storm water management system is that how fast water can percolate through the local soil and permeable surfaces (which can be answered  using The PR16 Permeameter). Any surplus water has to be handled using a storm water management system. 
 


In-house measurements. Many companies or research organisations need to perform soil hydraulic conductivity measurements on site and where usually expert work force and instruments are very limited. The PR16 Lab Permeameter is a complete system that comes with a user-friendly software and a step-by-step Quick Start Guide. Therefore a person with minimal soil physics knowledge and experience would be able to successfully use The PR16 System and achieve reliable results. 
 


 

Soil Amendments Application: A new type of soil amendment is introduced to the market almost every day. Most of them have (or claim to have) some impact on soil structure and permeability of the soil.  The PR16 Lab Permeameter is the proper tool to verify these claims.


Landfill Construction and Management: Leaking pollutant and harmful chemical agents from a landfill is the major concern in land fill projects. Clay liners and other isolation constructions are made to prevent harmful chemicals from leaking into soil and water.  The  PR16 Lab Permeameter can be used to assess the perfomance of such facilities.


The articles below are about the Chameleon Lab Permeameter, the older generation of PR16 Lab Permeameter: 

o Chameleon: a Fully Automated Darcy System for Measuring Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity of Soil Cores 

o Chameleon Permeameter: How to Measure Slow Soils Fast. 



Main Features: 

1. Falling Head and Constant Head Methods. There are two methods for measuring Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity. The Chameleon software (which operates the PR16 Permeameter) is capable of performing both methods automatically.

 

 

2. Versatile and Adoptable. We have designed The PR16 Permeameter to provide maximum flexibility and comfort. Therefore it is easily possible to use The PR16 components to create customized systems based on different needs. For example it is possible to position the soil core in vertical or horizontal directions; or direct water fellow upward or downward through soil core; or elevate the reservoir; or use reservoirs with different diameters, etc. It is even possible to replace the soil core or other standard components of The PR16 with custom-made components. The Chameleon software application is capable of accommodating the modifications and perform automated measurements. 

 

 

Two examples of possible Chameleon setups.

 

3. Fully Automated. The PR16 Lab Permeameter comes with a great software application. The software application performs readings, creates reading graphs, records data and performs related calculations. The Chameleon software covers all measurement methods. 

4. Scalable. Up to 20 units of PR16 Permeameters can be connected to a single computer (PC). Each unit has a dedicated window (form) on your PC screen. This makes it very easy to manage several units at the same time.



 



 

Falling-head setup of five independent PR16 Permeameter units (Model PR16-5).

 

What are the applications of an automated Darcy system? Since Darcy's Law is a fundamental concept in soil physics, any soil physics laboratory needs to have a Darcy system for measuring soil hydraulic conductivity or for education purposes. The The PR16 Lab Permeameter System has major applications in agricultural research, irrigation projects, watershed management studies, constructions projects (buildings, roads, dams, etc.), sewer system design, waste water reservoir facilities, landfill sites, mining sites, gas and oil excavation and basically any branch of research or industry dealing with liquid percolation through soil profile. 


Chameleon Videos

The Chameleon Lab Permeameter is the previous generation of The PR16 Lab Permeameter.

 

VIDEO: Saturating Soil Cores using Chameleon System 

Click here to view.

 

 

VIDEO: Make a Reading using Chameleon System 

Click here to view. 

 

 

 

Click here for Product Instructions

 

 

 

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