# Necessary Adjustment for Bulking of Fine Aggregate by Field Method

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## What is bulk density?

The bulk density is the weight of material in a given volume. It is measured in kilograms per miter cube but for the purpose of this standard it is measured in kilograms per litre.

Who affects bulk density of sand?

The bulk density of sand is affected by several factors, including the amount of moisture present and the amount of effort introduced in filling the measures.

What is bulking of sand?

The increase in volume of sand (or aggregate) due to presence of moisture is known as bulking of sand.

What is bulking factor?

The bulking factor is defined as the ratio of the volume of moist sand to volume of the sand when dry.

# Necessary Adjustment for Bulking of Fine Aggregate by Field Method

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#### IS Code for Determination of Necessary Adjustment for Bulking of Fine Aggregate:-

IS: 2386-3 (1963); Methods for specific gravity, density, voids, absorption and bulking of aggregates.

Apparatus Required for Determination of Necessary Adjustment for Bulking of Fine Aggregate:-

• A Balance sensitive to 0.5 %
• Special Vessel for unit volume
• Tray
• Steel Rod
• Cylindrical Metal Containers
• Hot Air Oven

### Procedure for Determination of Bulk Density and Voids in Aggregate:-

The procedure to be adopted may be varied, but three methods are suggested below. The first two method depend on the fact that the volume of inundated sand is the same as if the sand were dry.

Method-1

1. Put sufficient quantity of the sand loosely into a container. Until it is about two thirds full.
2. Level off the top of the sand and pushing a steel rule vertically down through the sand at the middle to the bottom, measure the height. Suppose that this is h cm.
3. Empty the sand out of the container into another container where none of it will be lost.
4. Half fill the first container with water.
5. Put back about half the sand and rod it with a steel rod, about 6 mm in diameter, so that its volume is reduced to a minimum.
6. Then add the remainder of the sand and rod it in the same way.
7. Smooth and level the top surface of the inundated sand and measure its depth at the middle with the steel rule. Suppose that this is h cm.

Calculation:-

The percentage of bulking of the sand due to moisture shall be calculated from the formula given below.

Method-2

1. In a 250 ml measuring cylinder, pour the damp sand (consolidated by shaking) until it reaches the 200 ml mark.
2. Then fill the cylinder with water and stir the sand well.
3. The water shall be sufficient to submerge the sand completely.
4. It will be seen that the sand surface is now below its original level. Suppose the surface is at the mark y ml.

Calculation:-

The percentage of bulking of the sand due to moisture shall be calculated from the formula given below.

Method-3

1. Take about 200 g of dry sand in a 1 liter jar and find its volume (V)
2. Put the above sand in a mixture pan and add 2% water by weight. Mix it thoroughly to get uniform color.
3. Fill this moist sand into the 1 liter cylinder and note down the volume (V).

Calculation:-

The increase in volume = V−V

Bulking factor = V/V

Repeat the experiment with different percentages of water i.e. 4, 6, 8, 12, 16%.

Plot the graph of bulking factor on Y-axis v/s moisture content by percentage of dry mass of sand on X-axis. This is known as bulking curve.

Observations:-

Reporting of Results:-

Report the bulking percentage of the sand to the nearest whole number.

### Significance of field test to find out the percentage of bulking of fine aggregate:-

The field test to find out the percentage of bulking is so simple that this could be conducted in a very short time interval and the percentage of bulking so found out could be employed for correcting the volume of fine aggregate to be used. This can be considered as one of the important methods of field control to produce quality concrete. Since volume batching is not adopted for controlled concrete, the determination of the moisture content percentage is not normally required. The quality of water could be controlled by visual examination of the mixture and by experience. The percentage free moisture content is required to be determined and correction made only when weigh batching is adopted for production of quality concrete.