ASTM D6917 - 03(2011)

    Standard Guide for Selection of Test Methods for Prefabricated Vertical Drains (PVD)

    Active Standard ASTM D6917 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    To properly evaluate prefabricated vertical drains, tests must be performed according to specific test methods and procedures. Failure to follow this practice can result in data not representative of the product's characteristics and performance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides recommendations for the selection of appropriate test methods for prefabricated vertical geocomposite drains (sometimes referred to as Wick Drains) used in geotechnical engineering applications to provide consistency in data reporting.

    1.2 This guide includes test methods for all types of prefabricated geocomposite drains manufactured in a plant and consisting of a polymeric core structure with a synthetic fabric (geotextile) jacket for filtration.

    1.3 This guide is intended to aid all personnel involved in the selection, manufacture, installation, or evaluation of prefabricated vertical drains.

    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

    D3786 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textile Fabrics--Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method

    D4491 Test Methods for Water Permeability of Geotextiles by Permittivity

    D4533 Test Method for Trapezoid Tearing Strength of Geotextiles

    D4632 Test Method for Grab Breaking Load and Elongation of Geotextiles

    D4716 Test Method for Determining the (In-plane) Flow Rate per Unit Width and Hydraulic Transmissivity of a Geosynthetic Using a Constant Head

    D4751 Test Method for Determining Apparent Opening Size of a Geotextile

    D4884 Test Method for Strength of Sewn or Thermally Bonded Seams of Geotextiles

    D4886 Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Geotextiles (Sand Paper/Sliding Block Method)

    D5101 Test Method for Measuring the Soil-Geotextile System Clogging Potential by the Gradient Ratio

    D5199 Test Method for Measuring the Nominal Thickness of Geosynthetics

    D5261 Test Method for Measuring Mass per Unit Area of Geotextiles

    D5322 Practice for Laboratory Immersion Procedures for Evaluating the Chemical Resistance of Geosynthetics to Liquids

    D5493 Test Method for Permittivity of Geotextiles Under Load

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

    D5819 Guide for Selecting Test Methods for Experimental Evaluation of Geosynthetic Durability

    D6241 Test Method for the Static Puncture Strength of Geotextiles and Geotextile-Related Products Using a 50-mm Probe

    D6364 Test Method for Determining Short-Term Compression Behavior of Geosynthetics

    D6389 Practice for Tests to Evaluate the Chemical Resistance of Geotextiles to Liquids


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.060.20 (Roofs)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121702(Geotextile)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6917-03R11

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