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Test Method Title
Standard Test Methods for Bulk Density of Peat and Peat Products.
Description of Test
These test methods provide uniform procedures for determining the bulk density of in situ peat and processed peat products. The bulk density is of use in the calculation of in situ stresses for engineering analysis and in quantifying the amount of material present when considering peat as a resource. In the latter case, it is necessary to consider the moisture condition for which the bulk density was determined; a more useful parameter to consider may well be the dry density, rd. Method A, the core method, covers the determination of the bulk density of an undisturbed core of peat taken with a piston sampler or other suitable core sampler. Method B, the paraffin wax method, covers the determination of the bulk density of undisturbed clods or irregular pieces of wet peat and compressed peat products.
Preferred Test Sample Size
1 drillers jar
Number of Test Specimens
Test Specimen Size
2.87 in diameter x 50mm height or an intact clod
bulk density, core sampling, paraffin-wax displacement method, peat, peat products