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Significance and Use
Rock is much weaker in tension than in compression. Thus, in determining the failure condition for a rock structure, many investigators employ tensile strength of the component rock as the failure strength for the structure. Direct tensile stressing of rock is the most basic test for determining the tensile strength of rock.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the direct tensile strength of intact cylindrical rock specimens.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values provided in parenthesis are for information only.
1.3 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.
D2216 Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock by Mass
D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction
D4543 Practices for Preparing Rock Core as Cylindrical Test Specimens and Verifying Conformance to Dimensional and Shape Tolerances
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process
ICS Number Code 91.100.15 (Mineral materials and products)
ASTM D2936-08, Standard Test Method for Direct Tensile Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.orgBack to Top