ASTM WK42576

    New Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geomembranes Using the Arc Testing Method

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D35.10 | Committee D35 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is a performance-based standard for an electrical method for locating leaks in exposed geomembranes. For clarity, this practice uses the term leak to mean holes, punctures, tears, knife cuts, seam defects, cracks, and similar breaches in an installed geomembrane. 1.2 This practice can be used for geomembranes installed in basins, ponds, tanks, ore and waste pads, landfill cells, landfill caps, canals, and other containment facilities. It is applicable for geomembranes made of materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, chlorosulfonated polyethylene, bituminous geomembrane, and any other electrically insulating materials. This practice is best applicable for locating geomembrane leaks where the proper preparations have been made during the construction of the facility. 1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.4 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.

    All of the bare geomembrane methods will remain as separate standards.


    electrical leak location method; geomembrane; leak detection; liner integrity survey; leak location survey; geoelectric leak location; electrical leak location; bare geomembrane survey; exposed geomembrane survey; water puddle method; water lance method; spark testing method; arc testing method; damage; electrical leak detection method; leak survey

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Abigail Beck


    D35 (14-02)

    Ballot Item Approved as D7953-2014 and Pending Publication