Particle size analysis of soils - A comparison of dry and wet sieving techniques

J. Robertson, C. J. Thomas, B. Caddy, Arlette J.M. Lewis

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Sieve analysis is common practice in the forensic examination of soils in the United Kingdom where, in general, soils are sieved in a dry condition. Examination of the soil science literature indicates that the 'field' conditions at the time soil is collected (as a control or contact trace), the pretreatment of the soil prior to sieving and the form of sieving (wet or dry) may influence the particle distribution. In this paper results are presented which clearly indicate the importance of experimental parameters, and in particular the use of wet sieving, in determining the particle distribution for a given soil. It is recommended that standard procedures using wet sieving are adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-217
Number of pages9
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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