Journal Published Online: 01 September 2002
Volume 25, Issue 3

Determination of Surface Area of Fine-Grained Soils by the Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether (EGME) Method



This paper describes a test procedure for determining the total surface area of fine-grained soils using the Ethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether (EGME). The test involves saturating a soil sample with EGME and then removing the excess EGME in a vacuum desiccator, until the EGME forms a monomolecular layer on the soil surface. The results of the test are expressed as Specific Surface Area (SSA), which describes the surface area/unit mass of dry soil with units of m2/g. Test results are presented demonstrating the effect of various test parameters on the results. Results for a number of different fine-grained soils are presented. A detailed recommended test procedure is given. The proposed method uses simple and inexpensive laboratory equipment, is relatively simple to perform, and allows for rapid determination of SSA.

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Cerato, AB
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
Lutenegger, AJ
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
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Stock #: GTJ11087J
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ11087J