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ASTM D6637 - 11 standard test method for determining tensile properties of geogrids by the single or multi-rib tensile method


Source: ASTM International

The determination of the tensile force-elongation values of geogrids provides index property values. This test method shall be used for quality control and acceptance testing of commercial shipments of geogrids.

In cases of dispute arising from differences in reported test results when using this test method for acceptance testing of commercial shipments, the purchaser and supplier should conduct comparative tests to determine if there is a statistical bias between their laboratories. Competent statistical assistance is recommended for the investigation of bias. As a minimum, the two parties should take a group of test specimens which are as homogeneous as possible and which are from a lot of material of the type in question. The test specimens should then be randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. The average results from the two laboratories should be compared using Student's t-test for unpaired data and an acceptable probability level chosen by the two parties before the testing began. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected or the purchaser and supplier must agree to interpret future test results in light of the known bias.

All geogrids can be tested by any of these methods. Some modification of techniques may be necessary for a given geogrid depending upon its physical make-up. Special adaptations may be necessary with strong geogrids, multiple layered geogrids, or geogrids that tend to slip in the clamps or those which tend to be damaged by the clamps.

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the determination of the tensile strength properties of geogrids by subjecting strips of varying width to tensile loading.

1.2 Three alternative procedures are provided to determine the tensile strength, as follows:

1.2.1 Method A—Testing a single geogrid rib in tension (N or lbf).

1.2.2 Method B—Testing multiple geogrid ribs in tension (kN/m or lbf/ft).

1.2.3 Method C—Testing multiple layers of multiple geogrid ribs in tension (kN/m or lbf/ft).

1.3 This test method is intended for quality control and conformance testing of geogrids.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound values stated in parentheses are provided for information only.

1.5 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
D76 Specification for Tensile Testing Machines for Textiles
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D1909 Standard Table of Commercial Moisture Regains for Textile Fibers
D4354 Practice for Sampling of Geosynthetics for Testing
D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics
D5262 Test Method for Evaluating the Unconfined Tension Creep and Creep Rupture Behavior of Geosynthetics

Index Terms

geogrid; geogrid rib; geosynthetic; geotextile; index test; tensile test: Georigids; Geosynthetics; Multi-rib tensile method; Single-rib tensile method; Tensile properties/testing--geosynthetics;

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

DOI: 10.1520/D6637-11

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