ASTM D5873-05

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Rock Hardness by Rebound Hammer Method


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the testing apparatus, sampling, test specimen preparation, and testing procedures for determining the rebound hardness number of rock material using a spring-driven steel hammer, referred to variously as a rebound hammer, impact test hammer, or concrete test hammer.

    1.2 This test method is best suited for rock material with uniaxial compressive strengths (see Test Method D 7012) ranging between approximately 1 and 100 MPa.

    1.3 The portable testing apparatus may be used in the laboratory or field to provide a means of rapid assessment of rock hardness or to serve as an indicator of rock hardness.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    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

    C805/C805M Test Method for Rebound Number of Hardened Concrete

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D2216 Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock by Mass

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

    D4543 Practices for Preparing Rock Core as Cylindrical Test Specimens and Verifying Conformance to Dimensional and Shape Tolerances

    D4879 Guide for Geotechnical Mapping of Large Underground Openings in Rock

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    D7012 Test Methods for Compressive Strength and Elastic Moduli of Intact Rock Core Specimens under Varying States of Stress and Temperatures


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.080.20 (Physical properties of soil)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D5873-05

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    ASTM D5873-05, Standard Test Method for Determination of Rock Hardness by Rebound Hammer Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2005, www.astm.org

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