The extension of fall of potential method is also known as

The extension of fall of potential method is also known as

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62% method


The 62% method is an extension of the fall-of-potential method and has been adopted after graphical consideration and after the actual test. It is the most accurate method but is limited by the fact that the ground tested is a single unit. This method applies only when all three electrodes are in a straight line and the ground is a single electrode, pipe, or plate, etc.

This adaptation is often referred to as the 62% Method, as it involves positioning the inner test stake at 62% of the earth electrode-to-outer stake separation (recall that in the Fall-of-Potential method, this figure was 50%).

When using this method, it is also advisable to repeat the measurements with the inner test stake moved t10% of the earth electrode-inner test stake separation distance, as before.

The main disadvantage with this method is that the theory on which it is based relies on the assumption that the underlying soil is homogeneous, which in practice is rarely the case. Thus, care should be taken in its use and a soil resistivity survey should always be carried out. Alternatively, one of the other methods should be employed.

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