Testing Equipment for Soil Density and Compaction

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Compaction — Density

Humboldt's soil density and compaction testing equipment include nuclear gauges, sand cones and the voluvessel. The equipment is typically used to gather soil samples for Proctor testing, as well as providing compaction determination in field applications. more »

Compaction — Density, continued

Nuclear gauges are built rugged for the day-to-day rigors of construction projects. These gauges are built to last using high-quality Noryl® PPO material, which is one of the most dimensionally stable thermoplastics available. Humboldt gauges are also “Field Serviceable”. If you have a problem with your Humboldt gauge, chances are we can quickly get a part out to you, which you can install on your own, saving you lots of time and money.

The Electrical Density Gauge (EDG) is a nuclear-free alternative for determining the moisture and density of compacted soils used in road beds and foundations. The EDG is a portable, battery-powered instrument capable of being used anywhere without the concerns and regulations associated with nuclear safety. When conducting a test, the EDG measures and displays the results for wet and dry density, gravimetric moisture content and percent compaction.

The H-4245 Sand Cone Apparatus determines the in-place density of soils having a maximum particle size of up to 2" (51mm) using test hole volumes of approximately 0.1ft3 (2.8L). The H-4249 4.5" Sand Cone Apparatus can be used when it is desired to collect a smaller sample or when gathering a sample is difficult due to extremely hard compacted soil.

Voluvessels are used for in-place density measurements of compacted or firmly bonded soils. Using a rubber balloon apparatus, direct readings can be made through a graduated cylinder.

Density Drive Samplers determine in-place density by driving a thin-walled tube into a relatively undisturbed soil sample. They are typically used to verify compacted fill placement.

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