Density Test Study

Report No: 85-R13

Published in 1984

About the report:

This report presents the results of an investigation of the comparison of percent density determinations between dry, 4 in. square sawed samples and 4 in. wet cores measured in both the field and the lab. Recommendations are given concerning the relationship between one sample per test site and more than one, and how to estimate the maximum theoretical specific gravity used as a basis for the percent density. It is concluded that there is comparability between the percent density results from the dry plugs and those from the wet plugs once the latter are properly oven dried. However, because the percent density of the sawed plugs can be determined in the field, use of this method is recommended.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Charles S. Hughes, P.E.

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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