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Accession Number ADA581212
Title Evaluation of a Non-Nuclear Soil Density Gauge on Fine-Grained Soils.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 92p
Personal Author C. T. Bradley I. E. Berney M. Mejias-Santiago
Abstract This report presents results from an evaluation of a non-nuclear soil moisture-density gauge, the Soil Density Gauge (SDG 200), tested on a series of 16 different fine-grained soils. If the results were successful, the device would serve as a replacement to the standard nuclear moisture-density gauge. Results from a standard nuclear moisture-density gauge were used for comparison. Results of the tests are presented and include comparisons of the dry densities obtained from the SDG and the nuclear gauge. Correlations between the two devices showed a strong dependence on plasticity characteristics to distinguish among soil types. The lack of internal calibration for fine soils demonstrated poor correlation between moisture conditions for a given soil. Similar to SDG studies on coarser soils, the proper response from the SDG for fine-grained soils requires calibration of the dry density using at least one independent density sample obtained in the field with an alternative device such as a sand cone or a nuclear moisture-density gauge.
Keywords Density
Electrical impedance
Electrical impedance gauge
Fine grained materials
Non-nuclear gauge
Soil density

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 48E - Soil Sciences
50D - Soil & Rock Mechanics
Corporate Author Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS. Geotechnical and Structures Lab.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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