ASTM D7176 - 06(2011)

    Standard Specification for Non-Reinforced Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Geomembranes Used in Buried Applications

    Active Standard ASTM D7176 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers polyvinyl chloride (PVC) flexible sheeting which is used for construction of concealed containment-membranes. Examples are ponds and lakes, canals, reservoirs, landfill liners, covers and closures or similar installations where the membrane is inaccessible once the construction is complete. Included are requirements for materials and sheeting, test methods, workmanship criteria and methods of marking. This Specification covers un-reinforced flexible sheet made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin as the primary polymer intended for use in geomembranes. This specification covers PVC sheet 0.25 mm through 1.5 mm thickness (0.010 in. through 0.060 in.)typically used for geomembrane linings.

    1.2 Reworked materials may be used in this product in accordance with the requirements in Section 5.

    1.3 The tests are intended to ensure quality and performance and are not intended for design purposes. Tests have been selected to be conducted primarily with liquids that simulate the environment to which the membrane will be subjected during actual use. The test and property limits used to characterize the sheet are values intended to ensure minimum quality for the intended purpose. In place design criteria such as material compatibility, chemical resistance, among others, are factors that shall be considered but are beyond the scope of this specification.

    1.4 The values stated in metric units are to be regarded as the standard. The values stated in parentheses (English) are for information only.

    1.5 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

    D751 Test Methods for Coated Fabrics

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

    D1004 Test Method for Tear Resistance (Graves Tear) of Plastic Film and Sheeting

    D1203 Test Methods for Volatile Loss From Plastics Using Activated Carbon Methods

    D1204 Test Method for Linear Dimensional Changes of Nonrigid Thermoplastic Sheeting or Film at Elevated Temperature

    D1239 Test Method for Resistance of Plastic Films to Extraction by Chemicals

    D1243 Test Method for Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers

    D1790 Test Method for Brittleness Temperature of Plastic Sheeting by Impact

    D2124 Test Method for Analysis of Components in Poly(Vinyl Chloride) Compounds Using an Infrared Spectrophotometric Technique

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D5033 Guide for Development of ASTM Standards Relating to Recycling and Use of Recycled Plastics

    D5199 Test Method for Measuring the Nominal Thickness of Geosynthetics

    D5747 Practice for Tests to Evaluate the Chemical Resistance of Geomembranes to Liquids

    G160 Practice for Evaluating Microbial Susceptibility of Nonmetallic Materials By Laboratory Soil Burial


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121701(Geomesh)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7176-06R11

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