SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1970

Suggested Method for Grain Size Analysis of Soil by Elutriation


This method provides a means for determining by elutriation the various sizes of the different particles in all types of soils from sand-clay and top soils to very heavy clays or sands. The percentage termed “silt” and the percentages of the coarser granular fractions are determined by a sieve test. The percentage termed “clay” is washed from the coarser particles and siphoned off while in suspension.

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Mills, WH
South Carolina State Highway Department, Columbia, S. C.
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 88–90
DOI: 10.1520/STP38479S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5570-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0051-0