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# How to calculate how much the sand cube weighs?

Today sand is a universal and quite popular building material. Without this component, not one solution of concrete. Since sand is one of the main elements of construction, it is necessary to approach the choice of this material thoughtfully.

## Varieties of sand

Before buying this material, you need to know how much the sand cube weighs in order to correctly calculate the costs. At any construction works it is possible to use such kinds of raw materials, as:

- river;
- nautical;
- Career.

Sea sand is of high quality and high cost. It should be noted that fine fractional material can cost 3-4 times more expensive than a river analogue. Rarely does anyone use marine raw materials in construction.

The quarry sand contains a lot of impurities and alumina, which makes this material completely unsuitable for erecting buildings. Most often it is used as a raw material for arranging pillows and pouring in pits.

## Cube of sand - what is it?

Many owners of construction companies, foremen ask themselves a question about what is a cube of sand? Of course, this may seem ridiculous, but some ask about how much a sand cube weighs, how to translate a ton of material into a cube and vice versa. Quite justified questions, because you need to calculate the consumption of raw materials for construction works.

## Tonnage of sand: how much does a sand cube weigh?

Take the mean value. So, the weight of 1 cube of sand, basically, is stacked in 1,5-1,7 tons. With such a calculation, it is necessary to take into account that wet raw materials will be somewhat heavier than dry, about 1.8-1.9 tons. In addition, one should take into account the presence of various impurities, which also give weight. The cubic meter of ideal material will be approximately 1.3 tons. However, such raw materials are rather expensive.

To accurately calculate how much sand is in the cube, you need to take into account the specified volume and degree of compaction. Of course, it is possible to accurately determine these parameters in the laboratory. However, such arguments are unprofitable, so many developers produce averaged calculations.

## Basics of calculating the tonnage of sand in m ^{3}

When working with a translation from one value to another, it should be remembered that the fact that how much a sand cube weighs is affected by two parameters:

- Compaction and moisture of the material;
- Density of raw materials.

In fine-fraction quarry sands there are many impurities that strongly compact raw materials. In this case, the density of the material will be in the range of 1700-1800 kg / m ^{3} . To determine how much a cube weighs, you need to multiply the density of raw materials by the volume.

In coarse-grained sand, the density is in the range of 1400-1600 kg / m ^{3} . The weight of any loose material is affected by its humidity. According to the standard, the moisture content of sand should be about 6-7%. If this indicator varies within 20%, then the mass of the whole material will exceed the estimates by approximately 5 tons. And this is with the condition that the useful volume of the average truck is 12 m ^{3} .

So, it was not so difficult to find out how to convert cubic meters into tonnage. The main thing is to know a few parameters.

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