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1.1 This practice covers methods to use foundry sand as embankment and structural fill.
1.2 This practice includes recommended construction (Section ), compaction control (Section ), and freeze-thaw durability (Section ) practices.
1.3 The engineer should be aware that foundry sand is a by-product of metal casting industries. Various local, state/provincial/regional, or national/federal environmental laws and regulations may apply if foundry sand is used as an alternative embankment or fill material. It is advised that foundry sand users contact appropriate environmental regulators to determine what requirements or limitations may exist.
1.4 This standard applies to both green foundry sand and chemically bonded foundry sand.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.6 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.7 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 guide 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 this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C837 Test Method for Methylene Blue Index of Clay
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
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
D1557 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Modified Effort (56,000 ft-lbf/ft3 (2,700 kN-m/m3))
D1883 Test Method for California Bearing Ratio (CBR) of Laboratory-Compacted Soils
D2216 Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock by Mass
D2974 Test Methods for Moisture, Ash, and Organic Matter of Peat and Other Organic Soils
D4327 Test Method for Anions in Water by Suppressed Ion Chromatography
D5080 Test Method for Rapid Determination of Percent Compaction
D5918 Test Methods for Frost Heave and Thaw Weakening Susceptibility of Soils
D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data
D6938 Test Methods for In-Place Density and Water Content of Soil and Soil-Aggregate by Nuclear Methods (Shallow Depth)
G51 Test Method for Measuring pH of Soil for Use in Corrosion Testing
G187 Test Method for Measurement of Soil Resistivity Using the Two-Electrode Soil Box Method
ICS Number Code 77.180 (Equipment for the metallurgical industry)
UNSPSC Code 11111700(Sand)
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ASTM D7765-18, Standard Practice for Use of Foundry Sand in Structural Fill and Embankments, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.orgBack to Top