Vibrocorer | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research


The vibrocorer is an ideal research instrument to study undisturbed cores of a relative large length. VLIZ disposes of an OSIL high-power vibrocorer system that can collect cores up to 3 m long and a diameter of 96 mm. The device is deployed aboard the research vessel Simon Stevin where cores can be taken up to a depth of 100 m.

How does a vibrocorer system work?

The vibrocorer is driven by electrical motors that produce a vibration force of 89 kN. These vibrations drive the barrel, up to 3 m, into the seabed. The vibration force is high enough to sample consolidated sediments. By raising the vibrocorer a core catcher prevents the sediment from leaving the PVC liner. Once back aboard, the vibrocorer is set in horizontal position to recover the core barrel.

  Working of a vibrocorer system (Note: this is not an OSIL vibrocorer system, however, the working remains the same)


Usefulness of a Vibrocorer?

  • Capable of collecting undisturbed cores up to a length of 3 m


Because this research instrument is recently purchased by VLIZ, there are currently no research results processed or reported.

Technical details

Vibrocorer with indications of componenets and measurements (3 meter system). © VLIZ

  • Weight: 2350 kg
  • Power supply: 415V 3 phase supply 1 off 9.6 kW motors; 83/43A Start up current
  • Vibration force: 89 kN

How to make use of the vibrocorer?

Scientists associated with universities or scientific institutions can use our equipment. Contact VLIZ for more information.

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the vibrocorer of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications as: 'This work was supported by data & infrastructure provided by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)'.