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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Pressure Cell for Soil Cores1


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  1. Vol. 26 No. 1, p. 1-3
    Received: Feb 11, 1961
    Accepted: June 16, 1961

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  1. Robert J. Reginato and
  2. C. H. M. van Bavel2



A design is presented for a small and economical pressure cell which can be used to determine the moisture characteristic of soil core samples contained in brass cylinders. By weighing the entire cell assembly after disconnecting it from a pressurized, regulated air supply, the moisture content of the sample can be determined to the nearest 0.03 g. or ± 0.0004 volume fraction in a total volume of about 70 cm.3

The cells are suitable for pressures up to 1 bar and are made of lucite and aluminum. Details on construction and operation are supplied and examples are given of reproducibility of results and of time of equilibration. Errors caused by evaporation losses are eliminated and positive contact between soil and retainer plate is maintained at all times.

The miniature pressure cell should be particularly adaptable for routine investigations where information on moisture characteristics is required on field soils.

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