ASTM D5101 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Measuring the Filtration Compatibility of Soil-Geotextile Systems

    Active Standard ASTM D5101 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is recommended for the evaluation of the performance of water-saturated soil-geotextile systems under unidirectional flow conditions. The results obtained may be used as an indication of the compatibility of the soil-geotextile system with respect to both particle retention and flow capacity.

    This test method is intended to evaluate the performance of specific on-site soils and geotextiles at the design stage of a project, or to provide qualitative data that may help identify causes of failure (that is, clogging, particle loss). It is not appropriate for acceptance testing of geotextiles. It is also improper to utilize the results from this test for job specifications or manufacturers' certifications.

    This test method is intended for site-specific investigation therefore is not an index property of the geotextile, and thus is not intended to be requested of the manufacturer or supplier of the geotextile.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers performance tests applicable for determining the compatibility of geotextiles with various types of water-saturated soils under unidirectional flow conditions.

    1.2 Two evaluation methods may be used to investigate soil geotextile filtration behavior, depending on the soil type:

    1.2.1 For soils with a plasticity index lower than 5, the systems compatibility shall be evaluated per this standard.

    1.2.2 For soils with a plasticity index of 5 or more, it is recommended to use ASTM D5567 (HCR, Hydraulic Conductivity Ratio) instead of this test method.

    1.2.3 If the plasticity index of the soil is close to 5, the involved parties shall agree on the selection of the appropriate method prior to conducting the test. This task may require comparison of the permeability of the soil-geotextile system to the detection limits of the HCR and Gradient Ratio Test (GRT) test apparatus being used.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

    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

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D422 Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D698 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12 400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3))

    D737 Test Method for Air Permeability of Textile Fabrics

    D854 Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer

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

    D2216 Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock by Mass

    D2487 Practice for Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes (Unified Soil Classification System)

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

    D4220 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples

    D4318 Test Methods for Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, and Plasticity Index of Soils

    D4354 Practice for Sampling of Geosynthetics and Rolled Erosion Control Products(RECPs) for Testing

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D4491 Test Methods for Water Permeability of Geotextiles by Permittivity

    D4647 Test Method for Identification and Classification of Dispersive Clay Soils by the Pinhole Test

    D4751 Test Method for Determining Apparent Opening Size of a Geotextile

    D5084 Test Methods for Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Saturated Porous Materials Using a Flexible Wall Permeameter

    D5101 Test Method for Measuring the Filtration Compatibility of Soil-Geotextile Systems

    D5567 Test Method for Hydraulic Conductivity Ratio (HCR) Testing of Soil/Geotextile Systems


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil); 30121702(Geotextile)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5101-12

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