ASTM D6460-00

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Erosion Control Blanket (ECB) Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the guidelines, requirements and procedures for evaluating the ability of Erosion Control Blankets (ECBs) to protect earthen channels from stormwater-induced erosion. Critical elements of this protection are the ability of the ECB to:

    1.1.1 Neutralize and absorb the hydraulic force of stormwater, thereby reducing soil particle loosening through "scour" mechanisms, and;

    1.1.2 Slow runoff and encourage sedimentation, thereby reducing soil particle transport downstream;

    1.1.3 Absorb shear forces of overland flow; and,

    1.1.4 Trap soil particles beneath.

    1.2 This test method utilizes full-scale testing procedures, rather than reduced-scale (bench-scale) simulation, and is patterned after conditions typically found on construction sites at the conclusion of earthwork operations, but prior to the start of revegetation work. Therefore this considers only unvegetated conditions.

    Note 1--Future revisions may consider partial or fully vegetated conditions.

    1.3 This test method provides a comparative evaluation of an ECB to base line bare soil conditions under controlled and documented conditions.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are provided for information purposes 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. Also, the user must comply with prevalent regulatory codes, such as OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) guidelines, while using the test method.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

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    C136 Test Method for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates

    D422 Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils

    D698 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12,400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3))

    D1556 Test Method for Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place by Sand-Cone Method

    D2922 Test Methods for Density of Soil and Soil-Aggregate in Place by Nuclear Methods (Shallow Depth)

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

    D4595 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Geotextiles by the Wide-Width Strip Method

    D6475 Test Method for Measuring Mass per Unit Area of Erosion Control Blankets

    D6525 Test Method for Measuring Nominal Thickness of Rolled Erosion Control Products

    D6526 Test Method for Analysis of Toluene by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography

    D6566 Test Method for Measuring Mass Per Unit Area of Turf Reinforcement Mats

    D6567 Test Method for Measuring the Light Penetration of a Rolled Erosion Control Product (RECP)

    D6818 Test Method for Ultimate Tensile Properties of Rolled Erosion Control Products

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.080.01 (Soil quality in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121900(Soil stabilizers and reinforcing materials)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D6460-00

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    ASTM D6460-00, Standard Test Method for Determination of Erosion Control Blanket (ECB) Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2000, www.astm.org

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