ASTM WK31179

    New Guide for Dimension Stone Test Specimen Preparation

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    Developed by Subcommittee: C18.08 | Committee C18 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the sampling, selection, preparation, and conditioning of specimens that will be used to test material properties of dimension stone specimens. 1.2 This guide sets forth basic requirements for the preparation of dimension stone test specimens and provides a practical checklist of variables that should be considered. 1.3 This guide is intended to be used by architects, engineers, contractors, and material suppliers who design, select, specify, install, purchase, fabricate, finish, or test natural stone products for construction applications. 1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes 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.

    Currently, there is no detailed guidance on the supply of dimension stone test specimens, only a brief description of the requirements in the individual test procedures. Confusion exists with material imported between two countries in which the proper test specimen orientation cannot be obtained because the material has already been reduced to slabs. Yet the nomenclature corresponding to rift orientation is incorrectly applied. Many specifiers are eliminating one condition of the preconditioned saturation state in favor of a larger sampling population, yet no document exists to endorse this practice.


    test specimen; rift; bedding plan; design considerations; sampling; conditioning; stone installation; stone testing

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Steven Naggatz


    C18 (14-01)

    Ballot Item Approved as C1799-2014 and Pending Publication