ASTM D6711 - 01(2008)

    Standard Practice for Specifying Rock to Fill Gabions, Revet Mattresses, and Gabion Mattresses

    Active Standard ASTM D6711 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.09


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    Significance and Use

    Gabions and mattresses, described in Specifications A 974 and A 975, are placed on sites for stability and to prevent soil erosion. Their ability to function properly depends on their stability, which is partly dependent upon the rocks filling them. Rock sizes should be chosed to prevent them from falling through the mesh of the gabions or mattresses. The rock also has to withstand natural weathering processes during the life of the project that would cause it to breakdown to sizes smaller than the wire mesh opening dimensions.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the sizes and quality of rock to fill gabions and mattresses. The term mattress as used in this standard shall include the terminology of gabion mattresses and revet mattresses used in Specifications A 974 and A 975.

    1.2 This practice does not cover the sizes and quality of rock for other erosion control uses such as riprap or drainfall.

    1.3 This practice does not cover the material properties or construction of gabions or mattresses.

    1.4 The values in this practice are in English units and are to be regarded as the standard. Si units are given.

    1.5 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace professional judgement. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standrd of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word Standard in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    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 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

    A974 Specification for Welded Wire Fabric Gabions and Gabion Mattresses (Metallic-Coated or Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Coated)

    A975 Specification for Double-Twisted Hexagonal Mesh Gabions and Revet Mattresses (Metallic-Coated Steel Wire or Metallic-Coated Steel Wire With Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Coating)

    D4992 Practice for Evaluation of Rock to be Used for Erosion Control

    D5519 Test Methods for Particle Size Analysis of Natural and Man-Made Riprap Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.15 (Mineral materials and products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D6711-01R08

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