A filter-paper method for determining the moisture characteristics of soil

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Abstract Depending on the nature of the material and suction range, laboratory measurements of the soil-water characteristic curve SWCC can be time-consuming and expensive, especially for residual soils, in which a wide range of particle sizes and soil structures typically results in SWCCs that cover a wide range of suction.

A filter-paper method for determining the moisture characteristics of soil

Determination of Moisture and Total Solids 3. It is important to food scientists for a number of different reasons: Legal and Labeling Requirements.

A filter-paper method for determining the moisture characteristics of soil

There are legal limits to the maximum or minimum amount of water that must be present in certain types of food. The cost of many foods depends on the amount of water they contain - water is an inexpensive ingredient, and manufacturers often try to incorporate as much as possible in a food, without exceeding some maximum legal requirement.

The propensity of microorganisms to grow in foods depends on their water content. For this reason many foods are dried below some critical moisture content.

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The texture, taste, appearance and stability of foods depends on the amount of water they contain. A knowledge of the moisture content is often necessary to predict the behavior of foods during processing, e. It is therefore important for food scientists to be able to reliably measure moisture contents.

A number of analytical techniques have been developed for this purpose, which vary in their accuracy, cost, speed, sensitivity, specificity, ease of operation, etc. The choice of an analytical procedure for a particular application depends on the nature of the food being analyzed and the reason the information is needed.

DETERMINATION OF MOISTURE AND TOTAL SOLIDS

The mass of water is related to the number of water molecules nW by the following expression: In principle, the moisture content of a food can therefore be determined accurately by measuring the number or mass of water molecules present in a known mass of sample. It is not possible to directly measure the number of water molecules present in a sample because of the huge number of molecules involved.

A number of analytical techniques commonly used to determine the moisture content of foods are based on determinations of the mass of water present in a known mass of sample.

Nevertheless, as we will see later, there are a number of practical problems associated with these techniques that make highly accurate determinations of moisture content difficult or that limit their use for certain applications. For these reasons, a number of other analytical methods have been developed to measure the moisture content of foods that do not rely on direct measurement of the mass of water in a food.

Instead, these techniques are based on the fact that the water in a food can be distinguished from the other components in some measurable way. An appreciation of the principles, advantages and limitations of the various analytical techniques developed to determine the moisture content of foods depends on an understanding of the molecular characteristics of water.

A water molecule consists of an oxygen atom covalently bound to two hydrogen atoms H2O. The strength and directionality of these hydrogen bonds are the origin of many of the unique physicochemical properties of water.

The development of analytical techniques to determine the moisture content of foods depends on being able to distinguish water the "analyte" from the other components in the food the "matrix".

The characteristics of water that are most commonly used to achieve this are: Despite having the same chemical formula H2O the water molecules in a food may be present in a variety of different molecular environments depending on their interaction with the surrounding molecules.

The water molecules in these different environments normally have different physiochemical properties: Bulk water is free from any other constituents, so that each water molecule is surrounded only by other water molecules.

It therefore has physicochemical properties that are the same as those of pure water, e. Capillary or trapped water.Soil Cohesion as Affected by Time and Water Content' W.

D. KEMPER AND R. C. ROSENAU2 ABSTRACT Cohesion increased for several months after disruption in moist soils.

Rate at which cohesion increased was slower in airdry soil. • Matrix– dominant (background) color(s) of soil horizon (can be ≥1 color) • Mottle – splotch of color, opposite of matrix • Redoximorphic (Redox) Features –specific features formed from oxidation‐reduction reactions used to predict seasonal high water tables, includes certain types and amounts of mottles.

Following are important elements in soil compaction: Soil type Characteristics Cohesive soils are dense and tightly bound together by molecular attraction. They are plastic when wet and can be molded, but A quick method of determining moisture density is known.

Measures of soil suction

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Anim. Husb. 7: Crossref, Google Scholar. Fredlund D, Gan J, Gallen P. Suction measurements on compacted till specimens and indirect filter paper calibration technique. To determine the percentage of each soil type, you need to do a little math. If, for example, the total amount of soil is 1 inch deep and you had a 1/2-inch-thick layer of sand, your soil is 50 percent sand.

For this particular situation, the soil field capacity was known, the irrigation events started when the volumetric soil moisture content reached values below the soil field capacity (e.g., in 3 /in 3).

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