Clay Soil Testing

May 2nd, 2015
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All guidelines within the NZS 4402 methodology were adhered to as closely as possible: The tin base and lid were both cleaned and dried prior to weighing (to the nearest 0.01g), while handling the soil, dry, clean hands we ensured in order to avoid altering the water content of the soil and it was also stored within a ‘sealed’ tin container during the weighing process to further eliminate any un-accounted water loss.

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Clay Soil TestingNatural Water Content (NZS 4402 Test 2.1)Mass of water: M2- M3=7.05gMass of dried soil: M3- M1=23.20gWn=30.4% (3sf-in compliance with NZS 4402)Wn=30% (to nearest whole number)All guidelines within the NZS 4402 methodology were adhered to as closely as possible: The tin base and lid were both cleaned and dried prior to weighing (to the nearest 0.01g), while handling the soil, dry, clean hands we ensured in order to avoid altering the water content of the soil and it was also stored within a sealed tin container during the weighing process to further eliminate any un-accounted water loss.Liquid Limit Test (N.Z.S. 4402 Test 2.2)All guidelines within the NZS 4402 methodology were adhered to as closely as possible. At all times, the soil sample was kept under a plastic sheet in order to minimise its moisture loss due to the heat of the students, each soil sample was thoroughly compacted/consolidated within the brass cup of the Casagrande apparatus in order to minimise the presence of any air voids and an attempt was made to maintain a drop frequency of 2 per seconds (although there was some tendency to slow this rate as the touching soil surface neare

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