soil testing Articles

  • A Biaxial Apparatus for Testing Soils

    A biaxial compression apparatus for investigating shear-band formation and growth in dry and water-saturated sand and clay specimens is described. This apparatus is a modification of the device designed by Vardoulakis and Goldscheider [1] for testing planar shear banding in sands. The modifications involve improved axial load guidance, low friction linear bearing, and enhanced load and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

    With the end of 2016 in plain view, anaerobic digestion (AD) projects in the development phase should examine what has to happen by December 31 in order to tap into available federal tax credits. Under current law, Section 45 of the federal tax code makes AD projects eligible for a Production Tax Credit (PTC), which can be converted into an Investment Tax Credit (ITC), if the projects are used to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 100 Simple Ways To Save Water

    To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. Learn about available rebate programs ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • Consolidation Apparatus for Testing Unsaturated Soils

    An apparatus for performing consolidation tests under K0 conditions was designed and constructed for testing unsaturated soils. Three types of consolidation tests are of interest in unsaturated soils. These are: (1) constant water content loading tests, (2) consolidation under a net total stress, and (3) consolidation under a matric suction. The apparatus had been used for simultaneous and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Cubical Triaxial Apparatus for Soil Testing

    Three different principal stresses can be applied in fixed directions to a cubical specimen in this apparatus. The requirements and the construction and operation principles for the cubical triaxial apparatus are presented. The loading system and the deformation measurement principles are described, and procedures for preparing sand and clay specimens are presented. The advantages and limitations ...


    By ASTM International

  • A Multiple Purpose Soil Testing Apparatus

    A relatively compact soil testing system that is capable of performing monotonic/cyclic triaxial and torsional simple shear tests has been developed. A high-torque direct-drive, servo/stepper motor is used to provide the driving force. Under the servo mode, the motor could be controlled to provide a constant torque, which is used in stress-controlled tests. Strain-controlled tests are conducted ...


    By ASTM International

  • Design and Testing of a Synthetic Clay Soil

    A synthetic clay soil mixture was designed and fabricated to comply with similitude requirements set forth in a dynamic scale-model pile group foundation test. The prototype soil was a stiff, fissured, overconsolidated clay soil at the University of Houston Pile Test Facility. The dynamic response of the model soil was determined through testing by resonant column/torsional simple shear methods ...


    By ASTM International

  • A Flexible Strain Gage for Soil Testing

    A novel strain gage for the measurement of soil deformation is introduced. The gage is based on the principle that the change in the length of a coil is linearly related to the change in its inductance. The gage measures a wide range of strains and can be easily installed on a soil specimen in any direction; therefore, it is particularly suitable for the measurement of deformations of in situ ...


    By ASTM International

  • Use of Fuzzy Control in Automated Soil Testing

    A servo-control algorithm that uses fuzzy logic has been developed for automated soil testing. The algorithm emulates the reasoning process of an experienced operator in controlling the pressure. The amount of pressure adjustment and time delay between adjustments is determined by fuzzy inference matrices. The fuzzy control logic provides a framework for the development of intelligent control ...


    By ASTM International

  • Multistage Direct Shear Testing of Unsaturated Soils

    A conventional direct shear box was modified to accommodate the testing of an unsaturated soil. The design concepts and necessary modifications to the apparatus are described. A multistage testing procedure is outlined. Typical results from direct shear tests are presented. The results illustrate the relationship between suction and shear strength for a glacial till ...


    By ASTM International

  • Infiltration Testing for Hydraulic Conductivity of Soil Liners

    This paper describes the use of single ring infiltrometers for evaluating the hydraulic conductivity of compacted soil liners. Procedures are presented for installation and monitoring of infiltrometers in the field. Results of hydraulic conductivity estimated from infiltrometer tests on six laboratory model liners are presented and compared with the results of conventional laboratory tests. In ...


    By ASTM International

  • New Field Test for Lead (Pb2+) in Soil

    Field tests for the detection of lead in soil are not frequently accepted, since the tests are rather cumbersome or not reliable for screening determinations. Recently, we developed the LEADQuick field test kit for the detection of lead in water with 3 #22;g/L sensitivity. This test is further modifiedto detect lead in soil with a sensitivity 0.03 #22;g. We developed an extraction protocol using ...

  • A Cyclic Undrained Simple Shear Testing Method for Soils

    An undrained simple shear testing method for soils using a torsional shear apparatus is described, in which a hollow cylindrical specimen is sheared under plane strain conditions without deforming and rotating all horizontal planes. In this testing method, the simple shear deformation mode is achieved only by several mechanical means without using an automated pressure control system. Typical ...


    By ASTM International

  • How To Complete A Soil Test The Right Way

    A soil test should be one of the first steps you take in your landscape plan. Many of us never take this important first step, which contributes, to wasted resources and wasted time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says soil testing is an “essential” tool that provides information on fertility and pH. Testing also indicates ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • Case study - Performance testing PAHs in soil

    These case studies highlight Sitelab’s accuracy from customers who have used the UVF-3100D for testing Target PAHs. This test correlates well to U.S. EPA Method 8270 or similar GC methods, which includes a list of 16 or more compounds. The analyzer is fitted with special optical filters sensitive to this same group of hydrocarbons. Examples of UVF-3100D testing Polycyclic Aromatic ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Free soil testing for accurate fertiliser application

    With the growing season nearly upon us, Welsh farmers are being given an opportunity to discover the benefits of soil analysis through a number of free soil testing workshops at Farming Connect. Regular soil testing enables farmers to adopt a targeted approach to fertiliser use, thus providing significant cost savings, according to Lisa Roberts of Farming Connect. Soil analysis also identifies ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • A New Technique for Diffusion Testing of Unsaturated Soil

    A technique is proposed for determining the coefficients of diffusion and adsorption for ions in unsaturated soils. The method integrates the single reservoir diffusion testing of saturated soil with the axis-translation technique for the control of matric suction. The procedure allows for the application of a net total stress and matric suction to the soil during the diffusion test. The use of ...


    By ASTM International

  • A Servo System for Hollow Cylinder Testing of Soils

    A fully digitized servo-control system, coupled with the automatic data acquisition facility, has been developed for a hollow cylinder apparatus (HCA). The closed-loop servo-control is based on a computer through which four individual stresses acting on the hollow cylindrical specimen can be independently changed using pneumatic regulators driven by stepper motors. The range of tests that can be ...


    By ASTM International

  • Dynamic Centrifuge Testing of Soil-Nailed Excavations

    A series of dynamic centrifuge tests was conducted on models of soil-nailed excavations. The models were subjected to various levels of horizontal shaking to investigate the seismic stability of their prototypes. The scaling factor was 50 in all tests, the depth of the prototype excavation was H = 7.6 m, and the length of nails in each test varied between 0.33 H and 1 H. The tests revealed the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Field Hydraulic Conductivity Tests for Compacted Soil Liners

    Field hydraulic conductivity tests are required to determine the in situ hydraulic conductivity of compacted clay soils used in the liners for hazardous waste management facilities. The test must be capable of measuring hydraulic conductivities of 1 × 10-9 m/s or less, and the values obtained must be representative of the overall soil liner. Few of the methods available are capable of both ...


    By ASTM International

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