ASTM International

Microwave Drying of Highly Plastic and Organic Soils

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Microwave ovens offer a means of drying soil specimens more quickly than standard drying in convection ovens. Doubt exists, however, about the suitability of microwave drying of highly plastic soils and soils containing organic material. A study of microwave drying was done on highly plastic clays and clays mixed with peat. Comparison of microwave oven drying results with corresponding data obtained in conventional ovens showed that careful use of a microwave oven produced moisture content values very close to those obtained using a conventional oven.

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