ASTM D2726 / D2726M - 13

    Standard Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Non-Absorptive Compacted Bituminous Mixtures

    Active Standard ASTM D2726 / D2726M | Developed by Subcommittee: D04.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The results obtained from this test method can be used to determine the unit weight of compacted dense bituminous mixtures and in conjunction with Test Method D3203, to obtain percent air voids. These values in turn may be used in determining the relative degree of compaction.

    5.2 Since specific gravity has no units, it must be converted to density in order to do calculations that require units. This conversion is made by multiplying the specific gravity at a given temperature by the density of water at the same temperature.

    Note 1The personnel and equipment used in performing this test can be evaluated in accordance with Practice D3666.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of bulk specific gravity and density of specimens of compacted bituminous mixtures.

    1.2 This test method should not be used with samples that contain open or interconnecting voids or absorb more than 2 % of water by volume, or both, as determined in 11.3.

    1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the 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.


    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

    D979 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D1188 Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Compacted Bituminous Mixtures Using Coated Samples

    D3203 Test Method for Percent Air Voids in Compacted Dense and Open Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials

    D4753 Guide for Evaluating, Selecting, and Specifying Balances and Standard Masses for Use in Soil, Rock, and Construction Materials Testing

    D5361 Practice for Sampling Compacted Bituminous Mixtures for Laboratory Testing

    D6752 Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Compacted Bituminous Mixtures Using Automatic Vacuum Sealing Method

    D7227 Practice for Rapid Drying of Compacted Asphalt Specimens Using Vacuum Drying Apparatus

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials); 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121500(Bituminous derivatives)


    DOI: 10.1520/D2726_D2726M

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