ASTM International - ASTM D7181-20
Standard Test Method for Consolidated Drained Triaxial Compression Test for Soils
|Publication Date:||1 January 2020|
|ICS Code (Physical properties of soils):||13.080.20|
significance And Use:
5.1 The shear strength of a saturated soil in triaxial compression depends on the stresses applied, time of consolidation, strain rate, and the stress history experienced by the... View More
5.1 The shear strength of a saturated soil in triaxial compression depends on the stresses applied, time of consolidation, strain rate, and the stress history experienced by the soil.
5.2 In this test method, the shear characteristics are measured under drained conditions and are applicable to field conditions where soils have been fully consolidated under the existing normal stresses and the normal stress changes under drained conditions similar to those in the test method.
5.3 The shear strength determined from this test method can be expressed in terms of effective stress because a strain rate or load application rate slow enough to allow pore pressure dissipation during shear is used to result in negligible excess pore pressure conditions. The shear strength may be applied to field conditions where full drainage can occur (drained conditions), and the field stress conditions are similar to those in the test method.
5.4 The shear strength determined from the test can be used in embankment stability analyses, earth pressure calculations, and foundation design.
Note 1: The quality of the result produced by this standard is dependent on the competence of the personnel performing it and the suitability of the equipment and facilities used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Practice D3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing/sampling/ins
1.1 This test method covers the determination of strength and stress-strain relationships of a cylindrical specimen of either intact or reconstituted soil. Specimens are consolidated and sheared in compression with drainage at a constant rate of axial deformation (strain controlled).
1.2 This test method provides for the calculation of principal stresses and axial compression by measurement of axial load, axial deformation, and volumetric changes.
1.3 This test method provides data useful in determining strength and deformation properties such as Mohr strength envelopes. Generally, three specimens are tested at different effective consolidation stresses to define a strength envelope. The stresses should be specified by the engineer requesting the test. A test on a new specimen is required for each consolidation stress.
1.4 If this test method is used on cohesive soil, a test may take weeks to complete.
1.5 The determination of strength envelopes and the development of relationships to aid in interpreting and evaluating test results are beyond the scope of this test method and must be performed by a qualified, experienced professional.
1.6 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026.
1.6.1 The procedures used to specify how data are collected, calculated, or recorded in this standard are regarded as the industry standard. In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that generally should be retained. The procedures used do not consider material variations, purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose studies or any consideration for the user's objectives; and it is common practice to increase or reduce the significant digits of the reported data to be commensurate with these considerations. It is beyond the scope of this test standard to consider significant digits used in analysis methods for engineering design.
1.7 Units-The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are mathematical conversions, which are provided for information purposes only and are not considered standard. Reporting of test results in units other than SI shall not be regarded as non-conformance with this test method.
1.7.1 The gravitational system of inch-pound units is used when dealing with inch-pound units. In this system, the pound (lbf) represents a unit of force (weight), while the unit for mass is slugs. The slug unit is not given, unless dynamic (F = ma) calculations are involved.
1.7.2 It is common practice in the engineering/construc
1.7.3 The terms density and unit weight are often used interchangeably. Density is mass per unit volume whereas unit weight is force per unit volume. In this standard density is given only in SI units. After the density has been determined, the unit weight is calculated in SI or inch-pound units, or both.
1.8 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.