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Materials Testing: Sand Cone Test


This module covers the process used to measure the in-place density of compacted soil using the Sand Cone test. It includes:

  • Equipment used
  • Determining and calculating the Sand Cone Correction and Bulk Density of Sand
  • Conducting the test
  • Methods of determining moisture content, including the microwave method
  • Calculating and recording moisture content of soil
  • Calculating dry density

Target Audience

Anyone performing inspection on highway construction grading, culvert, or bridge projects; specifically in the area of compaction inspection.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050