ASTM D7012-04

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


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the strength of intact rock core specimens in uniaxial compression and confined compression. The tests provide data in determining the strength of rock, namely: the uniaxial strength, shear strengths at varying pressures and varying temperatures, angle of internal friction, (angle of shearing resistance), and cohesion intercept. The test method specifies the apparatus, instrumentation, and procedures for determining the stress-axial strain and the stress-lateral strain curves, as well as Young's modulus, E, and Poisson's ratio, . It should be observed that this method makes no provision for pore pressure measurements and specimens are undrained (platens are not vented). Thus the strength values determined are in terms of total stress, that is, are not corrected for pore pressures. This test method does not include the procedures necessary to obtain a stress-strain curve beyond the ultimate strength.

    1.1.1 This standard replaces and combines the following Standard Test Methods for: D 2664 Triaxial Compressive Strength of Undrained Rock Core Specimens Without Pore Pressure Measurements; D 5407 Elastic Moduli of Undrained Rock Core Specimens in Triaxial Compression Without Pore Pressure Measurements; D 2938 Unconfined Compressive Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens; and D 3148 Elastic Moduli of Intact Rock Core Specimens in Uniaxial Compression.

    1.1.2 The original four standards are now referred to as Methods in this standard as follows: Method A - Triaxial Compressive Strength of Undrained Rock Core Specimens Without Pore Pressure Measurements; Method B - Elastic Moduli of Undrained Rock Core Specimens in Triaxial Compression Without Pore Pressure Measurements; Method C - Unconfined Compressive Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens; Method D - Elastic Moduli of Intact Rock Core Specimens in Uniaxial Compression; and Option A - Elevated Temperatures.

    1.1.3 The original four standards are now referred to as Methods in this standard as follows: Method A (D2664) Triaxial Compressive Strength of Undarined Rock Core Specimens Without Pore Pressure Measurements; Method B (D5407) Elastic Moduli of Undrained Rock Core Specimens in Triaxial Compression Without Pore Pressure Measurements, Method C (D2938 Unconfined Compressive Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens; Method D (d3148) Elastic Moduli of Intact Rock Core Specimerns in Uniaxial Compression; and Option A Elevated Temperatures.

    1.2 For an isotropic material, the relation between the shear and bulk moduli and Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio are:

    Equation 1 - G = E/21 + Equation 2 - K = E/31 2where:Gshear modulus,Kbulk modulus, EYoung's modulus, and Poisson's ratio.

    1.2.1 The engineering applicability of these equations decreases with increasing anisotropy of the rock. It is desirable to conduct tests in the plane of foliation, cleavage or bedding and at right angles to it to determine the degree of anisotropy. It is noted that equations developed for isotropic materials may give only approximate calculated results if the difference in elastic moduli in two orthogonal directions is greater than 10 % for a given stress level.

    Note 1

    Elastic moduli measured by sonic methods (Test Method D 2845) may often be employed as preliminary measures of anisotropy.

    1.3 This test method given for determining the elastic constants does not apply to rocks that undergo significant inelastic strains during the test, such as potash and salt. The elastic moduli for such rocks should be determined from unload-reload cycles, that are not covered by this test method.

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

    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

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

    D2845 Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Pulse Velocities and Ultrasonic Elastic Constants of Rock

    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

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process


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    ICS Number Code 13.080.20 (Physical properties of soil)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D7012-04

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    ASTM D7012-04, Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength and Elastic Moduli of Intact Rock Core Specimens under Varying States of Stress and Temperatures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.org

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