Skeletal Density

Section summary
1. Definition
2. Measurement
3. Application

1. Definition

The skeletal density is the density of the material that constitute the particle, without porosity

2. Measurement

Skeletal density is to be measured by gas pycnometry (liquid pycnometry is not accurate)

Note : the method presented below is simplified, the objective being to present a concept, not to give an accurate method of calculation.

The volume of solids (excluding the pores), can be calculated thanks to - Pycnometry

Equation 1 : deduction of volume of solid from pycnometry experiment - Skeletal density measurement

Figure 1 : Measuring skeletal density

4. Application

The skeletal density can be used to calculate the apparent particle density. It is for this purpose necessary to calculate the porosity of the particle ωp in m3/kg from the experience described above.

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