ASTM D4729 - 08

    Standard Test Method for In Situ Stress and Modulus of Deformation Using Flatjack Method

    Active Standard ASTM D4729 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08


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    Significance and Use

    Tests in Orthogonal DirectionsThe flatjack most accurately determines the stress parallel to the long axis of the adit, because this stress is the least affected by the presence of the opening. (The other tangential stress is highly concentrated.) In addition, if the adit is in a stress field where one of the stresses is significantly larger than the others (3 or 4 times), certain locations in the adit may be in very low compressive or even tensile stress. Flatjack tests in these locations can give anomalous and misleading results. Because of these factors, the test adit should have at least two, and preferably three, long (at least 4 to 5 times the diameter), straight sections at about 90° to each other. Testing should be distributed evenly in all three sections to provide redundant data and, if results in one section are anomalous, to allow the program to produce sufficient usable data.

    Note 1—Not withstanding 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 D 3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing. Users of this test method are cautioned that compliance with Practice D 3740 does not in itself assure reliable testing. Reliable testing depends on many factors; Practice D 3740 provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The flatjack test measures stress at a rock surface. The modulus of deformation and the long-term deformational properties (creep) may also be evaluated.

    1.2 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D 6026.

    1.2.1 The method used to specifiy how data are collected, calculated, or recorded in this standard is not directly related to the accuracy to which the data can be applied in design or other uses, or both. How one applies the results obtained using this standard is beyond its scope.

    1.3 LimitationThe flatjack test measures the average stress normal to the surface of the test chamber. Undisturbed stress levels must be determined by theoretical interpretations of these data.

    1.4 Assumptions and Factors Influencing the Data:

    1.4.1 The stress relief is assumed to be an elastic, reversible process. In nonhomogeneous or highly fractured materials, this may not be completely true.

    1.4.2 The equations assume that the rock mass is isotropic and homogeneous. Anisotropic effects may be estimated by testing in different orientations.

    1.4.3 The flatjack is assumed to be 100 % efficient. The design and size requirements of 7.1 were determined to satisfy this requirement to within a few percent.

    1.4.4 The jack is assumed to be aligned with the principal stresses on the surface of the opening. Shear stresses are not canceled by jack pressure. Orientating the tests in three directions in each plane tested prevents the misalignment from being excessive for at least one of the tests.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered 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 requirements 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

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D2113 Practice for Rock Core Drilling and Sampling of Rock for Site Investigation

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

    D5720 Practice for Static Calibration of Electronic Transducer-Based Pressure Measurement Systems for Geotechnical Purposes

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    D6027 Practice for Calibrating Linear Displacement Transducers for Geotechnical Purposes


    ICS Code

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

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114000(Rock and strata measuring equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4729-08

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