ASTM D5820 - 95(2011)

    Standard Practice for Pressurized Air Channel Evaluation of Dual Seamed Geomembranes

    Active Standard ASTM D5820 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    The increased use of geomembranes as barrier materials to restrict liquid or gas movement, and the common use of dual track seams in joining these sheets, has created a need for a standard nondestructive test by which the quality of the seams can be assessed for continuity and water tightness. The test is not intended to provide any indication of the physical strength of the seam.

    This practice recommends an air pressure test within the channel created between dual seamed tracks whereby the presence of unbonded sections or channels, voids, nonhomogenities, discontinuities, foreign objects, and the like, in the seamed region can be identified.

    This technique is intended for use on seams between geomembrane sheets formulated from the appropriate polymers and compounding ingredients to form a plastic or elastomer sheet material that meets all specified requirements for the end use of the product.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The practice covers a nondestructive evaluation of the continuity of parallel geomembrane seams separated by an unwelded air channel. The unwelded air channel between the two distinct seamed regions is sealed regions is sealed and inflated with air to a predetermined pressure. Long lengths of seam can be evaluated by this practice more quickly than by other common nondestructive tests.

    1.2 This practice should not be used as a substitute for destructive testing. Used in conjunction with destructive testing, this method can provide additional information regarding the seams undergoing testing.

    1.3 This practice supercedes Practice D4437 for geomembrane seams that include an air channel. Practice D4437 may continue to be used for other types of seams. The user is referred to the referenced standards, or to EPA/530/SW-91/051 for additional information regarding geomembrane seaming techniques and construction quality assurance.

    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

    D4437 Practice for Non-destructive Testing (NDT) for Determining the Integrity of Seams Used in Joining Flexible Polymeric Sheet Geomembranes

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D4491 Test Methods for Water Permeability of Geotextiles by Permittivity

    Other Standard

    EPA/530/SW-91/051 Technical Guidance Document: Inspection Techniques for the Fabrication of Geomembrane Field Seams Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D5820-95R11

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