ASTM C136 - 06

    Standard Test Method for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates

    Active Standard ASTM C136 | Developed by Subcommittee: C09.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.02


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is used primarily to determine the grading of materials proposed for use as aggregates or being used as aggregates. The results are used to determine compliance of the particle size distribution with applicable specification requirements and to provide necessary data for control of the production of various aggregate products and mixtures containing aggregates. The data may also be useful in developing relationships concerning porosity and packing.

    Accurate determination of material finer than the 75-μm (No. 200) sieve cannot be achieved by use of this test method alone. Test Method C 117 for material finer than 75-μm sieve by washing should be employed.

    Refer to methods of sampling and testing in Specification C 637 for heavyweight aggregates.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the particle size distribution of fine and coarse aggregates by sieving.

    1.2 Some specifications for aggregates which reference this test method contain grading requirements including both coarse and fine fractions. Instructions are included for sieve analysis of such aggregates.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are provided for information purposes only. Specification E 11 designates the size of sieve frames with inch units as standard, but in this test method the frame size is designated in SI units exactly equivalent to the inch units.

    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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C117 Test Method for Materials Finer than 75-m (No. 200) Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing

    C125 Terminology Relating to Concrete and Concrete Aggregates

    C637 Specification for Aggregates for Radiation-Shielding Concrete

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    C702 Practice for Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size

    D75 Practice for Sampling Aggregates

    E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves

    AASHTO Standard

    AASHTONo.T27 Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates Available from American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 444 North Capitol St. N.W., Suite 225, Washington, DC 20001.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.30 (Concrete and concrete products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30111800(Aggregates)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C0136-06

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C136-06, Standard Test Method for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.org

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