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Soils & Sediments: Flood Prevention

Particle Analysis in Soils

Particle Analysis in the Soils and Sediments Sector

Soil breakdowns give specific characteristics to the soil. For instance Sandy soils will give great drainage and aeration. Clays help to retain nutrients and water retention as well as physical characteristics such as soil stability. The information gained can help determine the best crops to plant within a given area. The type of foundations used in construction and can help in predictions how an area will behave during a flood.

Here is a selection of particle analysis instruments which can help analyse soils and sediments

Particle Size, Meritics Ltd, Beckman Coulter, LS 13320, LS13320 Beckman Coulter – LS 13 320 XR
  • Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analysis


  • Technology:
    Low angle forward light scattering with optional PIDS (Polarisation Intensity Differential Scattering) technology. Analysis of vertical and horizontal polarised lifght at six different angles using three additional wavelengths. Full implementation of both Fraunhofer and Mie Theories.
  • Particle Size Range:
    10nm – 3,000μm
    Dry Powder Module:400nm-3,500nm
    Universal Liquids Module: 10nm-2000μm
  • Power Consumption:
    ≤ 6 amps @ 90 – 125VAC
    ≤3 amps @ 220 – 240 VAC
  • Dimensions:
    10 in depth (25.4 cm)
    37 in width (93.98 cm)
    19.5 in height (49.53 cm)
  • Weight:
    52 lbs (23.5 kg)
  • Typical Analysis Time:
    15 – 19 sec
  • Temperature Range:
    10 – 40°C
  • Sample Modules:
    Tornado Dry Powder System (DPS)
    Universal Liquid Module (ULM)
  • Operating System:
    Windows 10

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Multisizer 4e, Beckman Coulter, Particle counting Beckman Coulter – Multisizer 4e
  • High resolution sizing, particle counting and size distribution of cells, particles or sub-visible particles
  • Technology:
  • The Coulter principle is used to detect particles via electrical zone sensing






  • Particle Size Range:
    0.2μm – 1600μm


  • Power Requirements:
    100 – 120 VAC ± 10%
    230 – 240 VAC ± 10%
  • Dimensions:
    24 in depth (61 cm)
    25 in width (64 cm)
    20 in height (51 cm)
  • Weight:
    99 lbs (45 kg)
  • Typical Analysis Time:
    10 – 90 sec
  • Temperature Range:
    5 – 40°C
  • Sample Modules:
    N/A

  • Operating System:
    Windows 7, 8, 10

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