How do you measure soil compaction on field?
Just so, how do you measure soil compaction?
Soil compaction occurs below the surface, so it's hard to spot. The best way to test is to probe the soil with a compaction tester to a depth of 36" to 48". The testing rod should move down through the soil with steady, even pressure, Hard, compacted soils resist penetration with the rod.
Besides, how is a compaction test done?
Press the soil into the Proctor soil compaction mold in three to five layers (lifts) using the straight edge and soil compaction hammer/drop weight. Then weigh the sample. Oven dry the mold and weigh the sample again.
Divide the volume of the loose trash by the volume of the compacted trash to achieve the compaction ratio. As an example, 16 cubic feet of loose trash compacted into a 4 cubic feet volume would have a ratio of four, or four to one.