ASTM D4832 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Preparation and Testing of Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM) Test Cylinders

    Active Standard ASTM D4832 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides standardized requirements for the preparation, curing, transporting and testing of test cylinders of CLSM under field conditions by replicating a field cure of the material.

    If the cylinders are field cured, as stipulated herein, the resulting compressive strength test data may be used for the following purposes:

    Acceptance testing for specified strength,

    Checking the adequacy of mixture proportions for strength,

    Quality control,

    Determination of whether the CLSM is capable of being put in service,

    Adequacy of curing.

    CLSM is typically used as a backfill material around structures, particularly in confined or limited spaces. Compressive strength testing is performed to assist in the design of the mix and to serve as a quality control technique during construction. Mix design is typically based on 28-day strengths and construction control tests performed 7 days after placement. The compressive strength(s) and other test age(s) will vary according to the requirements for the end product. Additional information on the use and history of CLSM is contained in Appendix X1.

    This test is one of a series of quality control tests that can be performed on CLSM during construction to monitor compliance with specification requirements. The other tests that can be used during construction control of CLSM are Practice D5971 and Test Methods D6023, D6024, and D6103.

    There are many other combinations of soil, cement, fly ash (cementitious or not), admixtures, water quality or other materials that could be tested using this method. The mixtures will vary depending on the intended use, availability of materials, and placement requirements.

    Note 1—The quality of the result produced by this standard 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/sampling/inspection/and the like. Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not in itself assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; Practice D3740 provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for the preparation, curing, transporting and testing of cylindrical test specimens of controlled low strength material (CLSM) for the determination of compressive strength.

    1.2 This test method covers CLSM materials that have a higher strength than the soil but less than 8400 kPa (1200 psi). Typical strengths for most applications fall between 350 to 700 kPa (50 to 100 psi).

    1.3 The CLSM used to make the molded specimens shall be sampled after all on-site adjustments have been made to the mixture proportions, including the addition of mix water and any admixtures.

    1.4 This test method may be used to prepare and test cylindrical specimens of other mixtures of soil and cementitious materials, such as self-cementing fly ashes.

    1.5 CLSM is also known as flowable fill, controlled density fill, soil-cement slurry, soil-cement grout, unshrinkable fill, K-Krete, and other similar names.

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

    1.6.1 The procedures used to specify how data are collected/recorded and calculated in this standard are regarded as the industry standard. In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that should generally be retained. The procedures used do not consider material variation, purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose studies, or any considerations for the users objectives; and it is common practice to increase or reduce significant digits of reported data to be commensurate with these considerations. It is beyond the scope of this standard to consider significant digits used in analysis methods for engineering design.

    1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound equivalents given in brackets are, in most cases, rationalized units and are shown for information only.

    1.8 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. See Section 7.


    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

    C31/C31M Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field

    C39/C39M Test Method for Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

    C125 Terminology Relating to Concrete and Concrete Aggregates

    C192/C192M Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Laboratory

    C470/C470M Specification for Molds for Forming Concrete Test Cylinders Vertically

    C617 Practice for Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

    C1231/C1231M Practice for Use of Unbonded Caps in Determination of Compressive Strength of Hardened Concrete Cylinders

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

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

    D5971 Practice for Sampling Freshly Mixed Controlled Low-Strength Material

    D6023 Test Method for Density (Unit Weight), Yield, Cement Content, and Air Content (Gravimetric) of Controlled Low-Strength Material (CLSM)

    D6024 Test Method for Ball Drop on Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM) to Determine Suitability for Load Application

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    D6103 Test Method for Flow Consistency of Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.10 (Cement. Gypsum. Lime. Mortar)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121900(Soil stabilizers and reinforcing materials)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D4832-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D4832-10, Standard Test Method for Preparation and Testing of Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM) Test Cylinders, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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