A Hammer-Impact, Aluminum, Shear-Wave Seismic Source

Open-File Report 2007-1406



Near-surface seismic surveys often employ hammer impacts to create seismic energy. Shear-wave surveys using horizontally polarized waves require horizontal hammer impacts against a rigid object (the source) that is coupled to the ground surface. I have designed, built, and tested a source made out of aluminum and equipped with spikes to improve coupling. The source is effective in a variety of settings, and it is relatively simple and inexpensive to build.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A Hammer-Impact, Aluminum, Shear-Wave Seismic Source
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2007-1406
DOI 10.3133/ofr20071406
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2007
Language ENGLISH
Publisher Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description iii, 5 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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