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    ASTM D4506 - 21

    Standard Test Method for Determining In Situ Modulus of Deformation of a Rock Mass Using the Radial Jacking Test

    Active Standard ASTM D4506 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Data on the response of a rock mass to in situ loading provides essential information for many purposes in the science of rock mechanics, in the construction of dams, tunnels, bridges, high-rise structures, and other facilities that exert pressure on the foundation material or surrounding rock mass.

    5.2 This test method is similar to a pressuremeter or dilatometer test in rock boreholes. The most significant difference is it engages a much larger volume of the rock mass. By testing a larger rock volume, the influence of discontinuities and other geologic factors on rock mass response to loading is more accurately determined. (Fig. 3)

    FIG. 3 Modulus of Rock Mass

    Modulus of Rock MassModulus of Rock Mass

    Radial jacking test engages a larger volume of the rock mass than with other test method options, such as laboratory (Elab) and borehole tests other than some geophysical borehole and cross-hole tests.

    5.3 This test method should be used when values are required which represent the rock mass properties more accurately than can be obtained through less expensive uniaxial jacking tests, laboratory, or other test methods or procedures. Also, it could be valuable for obtaining such data before or after computer modeling to verify and fine-tune any computer model output.

    5.4 Examples of when this test method would be useful is to design pressurized unlined or lined tunnels and shafts.

    Note 4: The quality of the result produced by this standard is dependent on the competence of the personnel performing it, and the suitability of the equipment and facilities used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Practice D3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing/sampling/inspection/etc. Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not in itself assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; Practice D3740 provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is used to determine the in situ modulus of deformation of rock mass by subjecting a test chamber in rock of a circular cross-section to uniformly distributed radial loading; the consequent rock radial displacements are measured at various locations, from which the deformation modulus may be calculated. The radial anisotropic deformability of the rock is taken at enough locations that it can also be determined from the differences between the extensometer readings taken at various locations along and around the test chamber as well with depth from each loading sequence. Information on time-dependent deformation may be obtained as well by holding the loads constant for selected time intervals.

    Note 1: Deformations caused by a cylindrical test chamber are not likely uniform even if each steel ring forming the jack is uniformly loaded. Theoretically, the deformations will vary along the cylinder such that it looks like a gaussian probability curve.

    1.2 This test method is based upon the procedures developed by the US Bureau of Reclamation, featuring long extensometers that provide a bottom anchor far enough away from the test zone to be used as a zero reference point (Fig. 1)(1).2 An alternative procedure, the New Austrian method, is also available and is based on a reference bar going down the middle to support posts outside the deflection zone due to the testing loads and shown in Fig. 2 (2). Other than a different method of taking deformation readings, the two field tests are the same. Additional information on radial jacking and data analysis is presented in References (3-8).

    FIG. 1 General Diagram and Scheme of a Radial Jacking Test Setup used by the US Bureau of Reclamation (1, 9)

    General Diagram and Scheme of a Radial Jacking Test Setup used by the US Bureau of Reclamation ()

    FIG. 2 Longitudinal, Cross-section, and Close-up View of the Radial Jacking Test Setup (2)

    Longitudinal, Cross-section, and Close-up View of the Radial Jacking Test Setup ()Longitudinal, Cross-section, and Close-up View of the Radial Jacking Test Setup ()

    Circled numbers: 1. Measuring profile. 2. Distance equal to the length of active loading. 3. Control extensometer. 4. Pressure gauge. 5. Reference beam. 6. Hydraulic pump. 7. Flat jack. 8. Wood spacer for reaction frame curvature compensation. 9. Concrete. 10. Excavation diameter. 11. Measuring diameter. 12. Extensometer drillholes. 13. Dial gauge extensometer. 14. Steel rod. 15. Expansion wedges. 16. Excavation radius. 17. Measuring radius. 18. Inscribed circle for flat jacks. 19. Rockbolt or extensometer anchor. 20. Reaction frame ring.

    The example shown here is the Austrian method and, while outdated, shows most of the essential components of the more common setups.

    1.3 Application of the test results is beyond the scope of this test method, but may be an integral part of some testing programs. (See Note 2.)

    Note 2: For example, in situ stresses around the test tunnel will affect the test results, depending on how the test results will be used and may need to be considered in any analyzes or recommendations.

    1.4 Testing of the in situ rock deformation behavior is limited by the maximum stress range of the reaction frame and the flat jacks.

    1.5 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are rationalized mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. Reporting of test results in units other than inch-pound shall not be regarded as nonconformance with this test method.

    1.5.1 The SI units presented for apparatus are substitutions of the inch-pound units, other similar SI units should be acceptable, providing they meet the technical requirements established by the inch-pound apparatus.

    1.5.2 The gravitational system of inch-pound units is used when dealing with inch-pound units. In this system, the pound (lbf) represents a unit of force (weight), while the unit for mass is slugs. The slug unit is not given unless dynamic (F=ma) calculations are involved.

    1.5.3 The slug unit of mass is typically not used in commercial practice; that is, density, balances, and so on. Therefore, the standard unit for mass in this standard is either kilogram (kg) or gram (g) or both. Also, the equivalent inch-pound unit (slug) is not given/presented in parenthesis.

    1.5.4 It is common practice in the engineering/construction profession to concurrently use pounds to represent both a unit of mass (lbm) and of force (lbf). This practice implicitly combines two separate systems of units; the absolute and the gravitational systems. It is scientifically undesirable to combine the use of two separate sets of inch-pound units within a single standard. As stated, this standard includes the gravitational system of inch-pound units and does not use/present the slug unit for mass. However, the use of balances or scales recording pounds of mass (lbm) or recording density in lbm/ft3 shall not be regarded as nonconformance with this standard.

    1.5.5 Calculations are done using only one set of units; either SI or gravitational inch-pound. Other units are permissible, provided appropriate conversion factors are used to maintain consistency of units throughout the calculations, and similar significant digits or resolution, or both are maintained.

    1.6 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026, unless superseded by this standard.

    1.6.1 For purposes of comparing measured or calculated value(s) with specified limits, the measured or calculated value(s) shall be rounded to the nearest decimal or significant digits in the specified limits.

    1.6.2 The procedures used to specify how data are collected/recorded or calculated in this standard are regarded as the industry standard. In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that generally should be retained. The procedures used do not consider material variation, the purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose studies, or any considerations for the user’s objectives; and it is common practice to increase or reduce significant digits of reported data to be commensurate with these considerations. It is beyond the scope of this standard to consider significant digits used in analytical methods for engineering design.

    Note 3: The discussion about significant digits and rounding in 1.6 above and within the standard sections that follow about significant digits, rounding, accuracy, and the number of readings is geared more toward manual type readings. However, even with any electronic data acquisition system, the readings should still be taken equal to or better than with any manual data acquisition requirements.

    1.7 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.

    1.8 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.

    ASTM Standards

    C31/C31M Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field

    D420 Guide for Site Characterization for Engineering Design and Construction Purposes

    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

    D4403 Practice for Extensometers Used in Rock

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits and Data Records in Geotechnical Data

    D6032 Test Method for Determining Rock Quality Designation (RQD) of Rock Core

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

    ICS Code

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

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/D4506-21

    Citation Format

    ASTM D4506-21, Standard Test Method for Determining In Situ Modulus of Deformation of a Rock Mass Using the Radial Jacking Test, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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