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CNET 3640 Soils and FoundationLab Report (2)Measurement of Moisture Content (ASTM D2216)Group 1
ObjectivesThis experiment is performed to determine the moisture content of soil, that is the ratio of the mass of “pore” or “free” water in a given mass of material to the mass of the solid particles in the same mass of material, expressed as a percentage. Water content is an important index used to establish some soil properties.Additionally moisture content in soil is important for construction because it affects the permeability of soil as well as the strength of soil and how much compaction will be needed at the time of construction. It is essential to know the voids in the soil sample and how much that it fills, when moisture content is high bearing capacity of the soil decreases. This ratio is obtained by dividing the mass of water in the soil sample and the mass of the dry soil then multiplying it by 100 to obtain the percentage.