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The compressibility of a typical horticultural peat has been studied in the laboratory. Compressibility is an important factor in the processing of this material since volume governs the cost of shipping. The final reconstituted volume and the appearance of the peat after shipping must also be taken into account for marketing. Compression tests have been carried out on a horticultural peat from Newfoundland. Simple equations relating initial water content, relative volume change, and vertical applied pressure are proposed. A fluff factor has been defined, and it was found to decrease with the maximum applied pressure. Finally the results obtained in the laboratory are applied to storage and processing examples that are encountered in the horticultural peat industry.
Assistant professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland,
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