ASTM D7931 - 17

    Standard Guide for Specifying Drainage Geocomposites

    Active Standard ASTM D7931 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is intended to aid designers, purchasers, installers, contractors, owners, operators, and agencies in establishing the minimum criteria to specify drainage geocomposites. Specifically, this guide presents a methodology for determining the allowable flow rate of a candidate drainage geocomposite. The resulting value is then compared to a required (or design) flow rate for a product-specific and site-specific factor of safety.

    4.2 It is recognized that there are other products that may achieve the same performance requirements but are not listed in this document. Manufacturers of such products are invited to implement this standard guide with the appropriate information.

    4.3 It should be recognized that parties, organizations, or representatives may perform additional tests other than those required in this guide. In this case, the more stringent project-specific tests will then take precedence.

    4.4 By simulating site-specific conditions (inclusive of site-specific liquids and temperatures except for load duration beyond 100 h, chemical/biological clogging, and geotextile intrusion), additional reduction factors need not be explicitly accounted for in certain products.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide presents a guideline specifying a drainage geocomposite product; it specifically provides recommendations to determine the allowable flow rate of a candidate drainage geocomposite. The resulting value is then compared to a required (or design) flow rate for a product-specific and site-specific factor of safety.

    1.2 This guide is intended to aid designers, purchasers, installers, contractors, owners, operators, and agencies in establishing minimum guidelines for drainage geocomposite materials. This guide is not to be used for manufacturer’s quality control purposes, nor a construction quality assurance specification.

    1.3 This guide does not address the required (or design) flow rate value, nor the subsequent factor of safety values, which are typically design specific.

    1.4 The procedures recommended in this guide use ASTM test methods.

    1.5 This guide is applicable to all types of drainage geocomposites regardless of their core configuration or geotextile type. It can also be used to evaluate thick nonwoven geotextiles that provide drainage.

    1.6 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    1.7 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide 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 guide 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 guide be applied without consideration of a project’s many unique aspects. The word ‘standard’ in the title of this guide means only that the guide has been approved through the ASTM International consensus process.

    1.8 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.

    1.9 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

    D1987 Test Method for Biological Clogging of Geotextile or Soil/Geotextile Filters

    D2990 Test Methods for Tensile, Compressive, and Flexural Creep and Creep-Rupture of Plastics

    D4354 Practice for Sampling of Geosynthetics and Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) for Testing

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D4716/D4716M Test Method for Determining the (In-plane) Flow Rate per Unit Width and Hydraulic Transmissivity of a Geosynthetic Using a Constant Head

    D4873/D4873M Guide for Identification, Storage, and Handling of Geosynthetic Rolls and Samples

    D5321/D5321M Test Method for Determining the Shear Strength of Soil-Geosynthetic and Geosynthetic-Geosynthetic Interfaces by Direct Shear

    D5322 Practice for Laboratory Immersion Procedures for Evaluating the Chemical Resistance of Geosynthetics to Liquids

    D6243/D6243M Test Method for Determining the Internal and Interface Shear Strength of Geosynthetic Clay Liner by the Direct Shear Method

    D6388 Practice for Tests to Evaluate the Chemical Resistance of Geonets to Liquids

    D6389 Practice for Tests to Evaluate the Chemical Resistance of Geotextiles to Liquids

    D6747 Guide for Selection of Techniques for Electrical Leak Location of Leaks in Geomembranes

    D7001 Specification for Geocomposites for Pavement Edge Drains and Other High-Flow Applications

    D7273/D7273M Guide for for Acceptance Testing Requirements for Geonets and Geonet Drainage Geocomposites

    D7361 Test Method for Accelerated Compressive Creep of Geosynthetic Materials Based on Time-Temperature Superposition Using the Stepped Isothermal Method

    D7406 Test Method for Time-Dependent (Creep) Deformation Under Constant Pressure for Geosynthetic Drainage Products

    D7852 Practice for Use of an Electrically Conductive Geotextile for Leak Location Surveys


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    DOI: 10.1520/D7931-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM D7931-17, Standard Guide for Specifying Drainage Geocomposites, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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