Atterberg limit

noun At·ter·berg limit \ ˈa-tər-ˌbərg- , ˈä-tər-ˌber-ē- \

Definition of Atterberg limit

civil engineering
:a measure of a soil sample's capacity for containing water used to determine the soil's structural characteristics usually plural
  • … direct soil sampling provides the best information in terms of soil type and Atterberg limits (a series of thresholds observed when the water content of a soil is steadily changed) …
  • —Roger Surdahl et al.Public RoadsMay–June 2009
Note: The Atterberg limits indicate the transition points where a soil’s physical behavior changes. The limits most commonly studied are the Plastic Limit, which identifies how much water a given soil can hold before it changes consistency between crumbly and plastic, and the Liquid Limit, where the soil changes consistency between plastic and liquid.

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Origin and Etymology of atterberg limit

after Albert Atterberg †1916 Swedish chemist


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