ASTM D2950-05

    Standard Test Method for Density of Bituminous Concrete in Place by Nuclear Methods


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes a test procedure for determining the density of bituminous concrete by the attenuation of gamma radiation, where the source and detector(s) remain on the surface (Backscatter Method) or the source or detector is placed at a known depth up to 300 mm (12 in.) while the detector or source remains on the surface (Direct Transmission Method).

    1.2 The density, in mass per unit volume of the material under test, is determined by comparing the detected rate of gamma emissions with previously established calibration data.

    1.3 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. For specific warning statements see Section 6 and Note 4.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound equivalents may be approximate.


    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

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    D1188 Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Compacted Bituminous Mixtures Using Coated Samples

    D1559 Test Method for Resistance of Plastic Flow of Bituminous Mixtures Using Marshall Apparatus

    D2041 Test Method for Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Bituminous Paving Mixtures

    D2726 Test Method for Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Non-Absorptive Compacted Bituminous Mixtures

    D3665 Practice for Random Sampling of Construction Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.10 (Road construction)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D2950-05

    Citation Format

    ASTM D2950-05, Standard Test Method for Density of Bituminous Concrete in Place by Nuclear Methods, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2005, www.astm.org

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