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# Proctor Test D-698 ASTM

## Proctor Test D-698 ASTM

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I did a laboratory on Proctor test. My dry density at W=4% is 1802 kg/m^3 and my dry density at W=6% is 1.780kg/m^3. After the compacting curve is ok. But how can i explain that? And y in many samples of Proctor results the boudary of W is 5%?

N.B. Sry for my english!

Natan
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### RE: Proctor Test D-698 ASTM

First you need to understand that the upper bound of a Proctor curve is saturation or "zero air voids". As for a boundary of 5% for moisture that is not the case.

When you run a moisture-density relationship (Proctor) test, the moisture contents should be chosen so as to "bracket" the expected optimum moisture content. Let's assume your optimum moisture content would be near 6%. Your curve points should be set up at moisture contents of 4%, 5.5%, 7% and 8.5% or your could use 3.5%, 5%, 6.5% and 8%. This should produce a well-defined curve wherein the graphical peak of that curve is the maximum dry density. Occasionally, some soils exhibit "double peaks" with one peak being slightly lower than the maximum dry density peak and somewhat dryer than optimum. This usually happens in clean fine sands.

If you are dealing with clayey materials, it is important that you allow the moisture to fully distribute through the sample so that proper results will be achieved.

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