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Sieve analysis

Sieve analysis can be done wet, dry or a combination of both. A core sample is
agitated and disaggregated through stacked sieves, decreasing in size from top to bottom.
The material remaining in the sieve is then weighed to determine the distribution of quantity
versus sieve size. With decades of experience in this field, Retsch pride themselves in cuttingedge technology and innovation. Aware of the increasing demands of particle size analysis, we
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test sieves for professional use. The sieve analysis, commonly known as the gradation test,
is a basic essential test for all aggregate technicians. The sieve analysis determines the
gradation (the distribution of aggregate particles, by size, within a given sample) in order to
determine compliance with design, production control requirements, and verification
specifications. The gradation data may be used to calculate relationships between various
aggregate or aggregate blends, to check compliance with such blends, and to predict trends
during production by plotting gradation curves graphically, to name just a few uses. Used in
conjunction with other tests, the sieve analysis is a very good quality control and quality
acceptance tool.
A known weight of material, the amount being determined by the largest size of
aggregate, is placed upon the top of a group of nested sieves (the top sieve has the largest screen
openings and the screen opening sizes decrease with each sieve down to the bottom sieve
which has the smallest opening size screen for the type of material specified) and shaken by
mechanical means for a period of time. After shaking the material through the nested sieves, the
material retained on each of the sieves is weighed. The cumulative method requires that each
sieve beginning at the top be placed in a previously weighed pan (known as the tare weight),
weighed, the next sieve's contents added to the pan, and the total weighed. This is repeated
until all sieves and the bottom pan have been added and weighed. (AASHTO T 27)