With this we begin a series of posts on the S-834 impact-vibration hammer, which the VNIIstroidormash institute in Moscow designed and produced in the early 1960’s. With the revived interest in Soviet and Russian technology, it’s a detailed look at how Soviet equipment designers came up with an equipment configuration. But it’s also a close-up view of how heavy machinery in general and pile driving equipment in particular is designed.
The impact-vibration hammer was a long-time interest for Soviet construction machinery institutes from 1954 to 1970. An overview of the history of this type of equipment in the Soviet Union is here. Since vibratory pile driving equipment was first developed in the Soviet Union, it’s also interesting to look at the entire subject; that overview is here.
The series is in three parts:
General View of the S-834 Hammer
The specifications for the S-834 are here. What follows is an overview of the hammer itself and its general construction. We apologise for the poor quality of the scans.
Design Calculations for the S-834
In the posts that follow, the design calculations for the S-834 will be presented. In looking at the work of Soviet designers, it was tempting to revise the calculations. For one thing, although the metric system was introduced with the Russian Revolution, their implementation of the system is not really the “SI” system taught today, especially with the use of the kilogram-force. (That’s also true with many other Continental countries such as Germany and France.) For another, Russian technical prose can be very cryptic.
In the end, it was decided to reproduce the calculations pretty much “as they are,” with a minimum of revision. We apologise for the inconsistent sizing of the equations. Most of the transcription of this information was done in the 1990’s in Microsoft Word, and its conversion to HTML (for this format) in LibreOffice made the equations graphics (a good thing) but inconsistently sized the images (a bad thing.) This is one reason why we’ve migrated to LaTex for our newer technical productions online.
As with much of the Soviet material on vibration and impact-vibration pile driving, I am indebted to VNIIstroidormash’s L.V. Erofeev for the material itself and V.A. Nifontov for its translation.