ASTM D3080-03

    Standard Test Method for Direct Shear Test of Soils Under Consolidated Drained Conditions


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the consolidated drained shear strength of a soil material in direct shear. The test is performed by deforming a specimen at a controlled strain rate on or near a single shear plane determined by the configuration of the apparatus. Generally, three or more specimens are tested, each under a different normal load, to determine the effects upon shear resistance and displacement, and strength properties such as Mohr strength envelopes.

    1.2 Shear stresses and displacements are nonuniformly distributed within the specimen. An appropriate height cannot be defined for calculation of shear strains. Therefore, stress-strain relationships or any associated quantity such as modulus, cannot be determined from this test.

    1.3 The determination of strength envelopes and the development of criteria to interpret and evaluate test results are left to the engineer or office requesting the test.

    1.4 The results of the test may be affected by the presence of soil or rock particles, or both, (see Section 7).

    1.5 Test conditions including normal stress and moisture environment are selected which represent the field conditions being investigated. The rate of shearing should be slow enough to ensure drained conditions.

    1.6 There may be instances when the gap between the plates should be increased to accommodate sand sizes greater than the specified gap. Presently there is insufficient information available for specifying gap dimension based on particle size distribution.

    1.7 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. Within this test method the SI units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of each other.

    1.8 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D 6026.

    1.8.1 The method used to specify how data are collected, calculated, or recorded in this standard is not directly related to the accuracy to which the data can be applied in design or other uses, or both. How one applies the results obtained using this standard is beyond its scope.

    1.9 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

    D422 Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D698 Test Method for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12 400 ft-lbf/ft)

    D1557 Test Method for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Modified Effort (56 000 ft-lbf/ft)

    D1587 Practice for Thin-Walled Geotechnical Tube Sampling of Soils

    D2216 Method for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock

    D2435 Test Method for One Dimensional Consolidation Properties of Soils

    D2487 Test Method for Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes

    D2488 Practice for Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual Procedure)

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in the Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock

    D4220 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples

    D4318 Test Method for Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, and Plasticity Index of Soils

    D4753 Specifications for Evaluating, Selecting, and Specifying Balances and Scales for Use in Soil Rock and Construction Materials Testing

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3080-03

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    ASTM D3080-03, Standard Test Method for Direct Shear Test of Soils Under Consolidated Drained Conditions, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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