Sieving in Particle Size Analysis
Particle Size Analysis
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
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Dishman, K. L. 2006. Sieving in Particle Size Analysis. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
Sieve analysis is used to obtain the particle size distribution of a solid material by determining the amount of powder retained on a series of sieves with different sized apertures. A sample is added to the top of a nest of sieves arranged in decreasing size from top to bottom. As the sieves are vibrated, the sample is segregated onto the different sized sieves. The weight of sample retained on each sieve is then used to determine the particle size distribution as well as the mean diameter of the sample.