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    ASTM D8269 - 21

    Standard Guide for the Use of Geocells in Geotechnical and Roadway Projects

    Active Standard ASTM D8269 | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This guide covers applications, support mechanisms, and design principles associated with geocells to help designers and engineers determine when and how to appropriately use this technology.

    5.2 A better understanding of the key design principles, material properties, mechanisms of improvement, and methodologies will help engineers and owners interested in using geocells understand the most efficient and appropriate ways to utilize this type of ground improvement for a variety of geotechnical-related applications.

    5.3 This guide does not preclude the judgment and practice of those competent in geotechnical design.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended to cover basic considerations for the use of geocells in various geotechnical and roadway projects to bring a unified understanding of efficient and appropriate ways to utilize this type of ground improvement technology for a variety of geotechnical-related applications, including but not limited to: load support for pavements, subgrade improvement, slope stability, retaining walls, earth retention, and slope and channel protection. Engineers and owners interested in using this manufactured product can refer to the information in this guide to learn about key design principles, properties, mechanisms, and methodologies for applicable geotechnical applications. Geotechnical designs that incorporate geocells should take into consideration the specific attributes of each product. The engineer is encouraged to utilize design methodologies based on reliable test results and research.

    1.2 This guide offers a collection of information and does not recommend a 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.

    1.3 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.

    1.4 The word “standard” in the title of this guide means only that this guide has been approved through the ASTM International consensus process.

    1.5 The values given in SI units are to be regarded as standard. Values in parentheses are for information only.

    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 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

    D1693 Test Method for Environmental Stress-Cracking of Ethylene Plastics

    D3895 Test Method for Oxidative-Induction Time of Polyolefins by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    D4355/D4355M Test Method for Deterioration of Geotextiles by Exposure to Light, Moisture, and Heat in a Xenon Arc-Type Apparatus

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

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

    D5199 Test Method for Measuring the Nominal Thickness of Geosynthetics

    D5262 Test Method for Determining the Unconfined Tension Creep and Creep Rupture Behavior of Planar Geosynthetics Used for Reinforcement Purposes

    D5397 Test Method for Evaluation of Stress Crack Resistance of Polyolefin Geomembranes Using Notched Constant Tensile Load Test

    D5721 Practice for Air-Oven Aging of Polyolefin Geomembranes

    D5885/D5885M Test Method for Oxidative Induction Time of Polyolefin Geosynthetics by High-Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    D5994/D5994M Test Method for Measuring Core Thickness of Textured Geomembranes

    D6392 Test Method for Determining the Integrity of Nonreinforced Geomembrane Seams Produced Using Thermo-Fusion Methods

    D6992 Test Method for Accelerated Tensile Creep and Creep-Rupture of Geosynthetic Materials Based on Time-Temperature Superposition Using the Stepped Isothermal Method

    D7238 Test Method for Effect of Exposure of Unreinforced Polyolefin Geomembrane Using Fluorescent UV Condensation Apparatus

    E2254 Test Method for Storage Modulus Calibration of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers

    GRI Standards

    GRI GS13 Guide for Geomembrane-Related Geocell Seam Strength and Its Efficiency with Respect to the Perforated Sheet Strength

    GRI GS15 Specification for Test Methods, Test Properties and Testing Frequency for Geocells Made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Strips

    ISO Standards

    ISO 10319 GeosyntheticsWide-Width Tensile Test

    ISO 13426-1 Geotextiles and Geotextile-Related ProductsStrength of Internal Structural JunctionsPart 1: Geocells

    ISO 6721-1


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8269-21

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8269-21, Standard Guide for the Use of Geocells in Geotechnical and Roadway Projects, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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