ASTM D3441-98

    Standard Test Method for Mechanical Cone Penetration Tests of Soil


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of end bearing and side friction, the components of penetration resistance which are developed during the steady slow penetration of a pointed rod into soil. This test method is sometimes referred to as the "Dutch Cone Test," or "Cone Penetration Test" and is often abbreviated as the "CPT."

    1.2 This test method includes the use of both cone and friction-cone penetrometers, of both the mechanical and electric types. It does not include data interpretation. It also includes the penetrometer aspects of piezocone soundings, but does not include the details of piezometer construction, location, measurement, or data interpretation.

    Note 1-The European Standard for the CPT uses a tip of right cylindrical shape as shown in Fig. 3, as their reference test against which other CPTs may be compared.

    1.3 Mechanical penetrometers of the type described in this test method operate incrementally, using a telescoping penetrometer tip, resulting in no movement of the push rods during the measurement of the resistance components. Design constraints for mechanical penetrometers preclude a complete separation of the end-bearing and side-friction components. Electric penetrometers are advanced continuously and permit separate measurement of both components. Differences in shape and method of advance between cone penetrometer tips may result in significant differences in one or both resistance components.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses 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

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

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

    D5778 Test Method for Electronic Friction Cone and Piezocone Penetration Testing of Soils

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil); 41113821(Soil penetration tester)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3441-98

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3441-98, Standard Test Method for Mechanical Cone Penetration Tests of Soil, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1998, www.astm.org

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