ASTM D4648 / D4648M - 13

    Standard Test Method for Laboratory Miniature Vane Shear Test for SaturatedFine-Grained Clayey Soil

    Active Standard ASTM D4648 / D4648M | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08


      Format Pages Price  
    PDF 7 $43.00   ADD TO CART
    Hardcopy (shipping and handling) 7 $43.00   ADD TO CART
    Standard + Redline PDF Bundle 14 $51.60   ADD TO CART


    Significance and Use

    5.1 The miniature vane shear test may be used to obtain estimates of the undrained shear strength of fine-grained soils. The test provides a rapid determination of the shear strength on undisturbed, or remolded or reconstituted soils.

    Note 2Notwithstanding the statements on precision and bias contained in this test method: The precision of this test method 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. Users of this test method are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not in itself ensure reliable testing. Reliable testing depends on several factors; Practice D3740 provides a means for evaluating some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the miniature vane test in very soft to stiff saturated fine-grained clayey soils (φ = 0). Knowledge of the nature of the soil in which each vane test is to be made is necessary for assessment of the applicability and interpretation of the test results.

    Note 1It is recommended that the miniature vane test be conducted in fine-grained, predominately clay soils with an undrained shear strength less than 1.0 tsf [100 kPa]. Vane failure conditions in higher strength clay and predominantly silty soils may deviate from the assumed cylindrical failure surface, thereby causing error in the measured strength.

    1.2 This test method includes the use of both conventional calibrated torque spring units (Method A) and electrical torque transducer units (Method B) with a motorized miniature vane shear device.

    1.3 Laboratory vane is an ideal tool to investigate strength anisotropy in the vertical and horizontal directions, if suitable samples (specimens) are available.

    1.4 All measured and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026.

    1.5 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.

    1.6 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

    D1587 Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Soils for Geotechnical Purposes

    D2488 Practice for Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual Procedure)

    D2573 Test Method for Field Vane Shear Test in Cohesive Soil

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction

    D4220 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111800(Clays)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D4648_D4648M-13

    ASTM International is a member of CrossRef.

    Citation Format

    ASTM D4648 / D4648M-13, Standard Test Method for Laboratory Miniature Vane Shear Test for SaturatedFine-Grained Clayey Soil, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

    Back to Top