What Is the Bulk Density of Sand?


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When dry, sand has a bulk density of about 80 to 100 pounds per cubic foot, while when damp, it is about 100. The bulk density of sand varies according to its texture.

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Bulk density is a property of all particulate matter. It is calculated by dividing the mass of a substance by its volume. A material's bulk density may change depending on its handling. Powder in a cylinder has a different bulk density if the cylinder is disturbed. This is because the particles move, then settle more closely together, resulting in a different volume. Soil's bulk density varies according to its degree of compaction and its mineral makeup.

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