ASTM D6392 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Integrity of Nonreinforced Geomembrane Seams Produced Using Thermo-Fusion Methods

    Active Standard ASTM D6392 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The use of geomembranes as barrier materials to restrict liquid migration from one location to another in soil and rock has created a need for a standard test method to evaluate the quality of geomembrane seams produced by thermo-fusion methods. In the case of geomembranes, it has become evident that geomembrane seams can exhibit separation in the field under certain conditions. Although this is an index type test method used for quality assurance and quality control purposes, it is also intended to provide the quality assurance engineer with sufficient seam peel and shear data to evaluate seam quality. Recording and reporting data, such as separation that occurs during the peel test and elongation during the shear test, will allow the quality assurance engineer to take measures necessary to ensure the repair of inferior seams during facility construction, and therefore, minimize the potential for seam separation in service.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes destructive quality control and quality assurance tests used to determine the integrity of geomembrane seams produced by thermo-fusion methods. This test method presents the procedures used for determining the quality of nonbituminous bonded seams subjected to both peel and shear tests. These test procedures are intended for nonreinforced geomembranes only.

    1.2 The types of thermal field seaming techniques used to construct geomembrane seams include the following.

    1.2.1 Hot Air—This technique introduces high-temperature air or gas between two geomembrane surfaces to facilitate melting. Pressure is applied to the top or bottom geomembrane, forcing together the two surfaces to form a continuous bond.

    1.2.2 Hot Wedge (or Knife)—This technique melts the two geomembrane surfaces to be seamed by running a hot metal wedge between them. Pressure is applied to the top or bottom geomembrane, or both, to form a continuous bond. Some seams of this kind are made with dual bond tracks separated by a nonbonded gap. These seams are sometimes referred to as dual hot wedge seams or double-track seams.

    1.2.3 Extrusion—This technique encompasses extruding molten resin between two geomembranes or at the edge of two overlapped geomembranes to effect a continuous bond.

    1.3 The types of materials covered by this test method include the following.

    1.3.1 Very Low Density Polyethylene (VLDPE).

    1.3.2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE).

    1.3.3 Very Flexible Polyethylene (VFPE).

    1.3.4 Linear Medium Density Polyethylene (LMDPE).

    1.3.5 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

    1.3.6 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).

    1.3.7 Flexible Polypropylene (fPP).

    Note 1The polyethylene identifiers presented in 1.3.1-1.3.5 describe the types of materials typically tested using this test method. These are industry accepted trade descriptions and are not technical material classifications based upon material density.

    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

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D5199 Test Method for Measuring the Nominal Thickness of Geosynthetics

    D5994 Test Method for Measuring Core Thickness of Textured Geomembranes

    EPA Standards

    EPA/600/2-88/052 Lining of Waste Containment and Other Containment Facilities; Appendix N, Locus of break codes for various types of FML seams Available from the Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121701(Geomesh)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6392-12

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