ASTM D3213-03

    Standard Practices for Handling, Storing, and Preparing Soft Undisturbed Marine Soil


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    1. Scope

    1.1 These practices cover methods for project/cruise reporting, and handling, transporting and storing soft cohesive undisturbed marine soil. Procedures for preparing soil specimens for triaxial strength, and consolidation testing are also presented.

    1.2 These practices may include the handling and transporting of sediment specimens contaminated with hazardous materials and samples subject to quarantine regulations.

    1.3 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word "Standard" in the title of the document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Sections 1, 2 and 7.

    1.5 The values in acceptable SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.


    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

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D1587/D1587M Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Fine-Grained Soils for Geotechnical Purposes

    D2435/D2435M Test Methods for One-Dimensional Consolidation Properties of Soils Using Incremental Loading

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

    D2850 Test Method for Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Compression Test on Cohesive Soils

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction

    D4186/D4186M Test Method for One-Dimensional Consolidation Properties of Saturated Cohesive Soils Using Controlled-Strain Loading

    D4220/D4220M Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples

    D4452 Practice for X-Ray Radiography of Soil Samples

    D4648/D4648M Test Methods for Laboratory Miniature Vane Shear Test for SaturatedFine-Grained Clayey Soil

    D8121/D8121M Test Method for Approximating the Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils by the Handheld Vane Shear Device


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 07.060 (Geology. Meteorology. Hydrology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3213-03

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3213-03, Standard Practices for Handling, Storing, and Preparing Soft Undisturbed Marine Soil, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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