ASTM E3121 / E3121M - 17

    Standard Test Methods for Field Testing of Anchors in Concrete or Masonry

    Active Standard ASTM E3121 / E3121M | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.13

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 These test methods are intended to provide data from which applicable performance and design data can be determined for a given anchorage device used in a member of concrete, solid, hollow, or grout-filled masonry, and related materials and for qualifying anchors or anchorage systems. Tests performed in the confined condition shall not be used to develop design values. Proof load tests shall not result in damage to properly installed anchors.

    4.2 The test methods shall be followed to ensure reproducibility of the test data.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for static tensile and shear testing of post-installed and cast-in-place anchorage systems in members made of concrete or members made of solid, hollow, or grout-filled masonry and related materials. Tests may be made to determine the ultimate load or to apply a proof load to verify proper installation. Proof load tests performed in the confined condition to verify proper installation shall not be used to develop design values. Only those tests required by the specifying authority need to be performed.

    1.2 These test methods are intended for use with such anchorage devices designed to be installed perpendicular to a plane surface of the member.

    1.3 Seismic, fatigue, shock, combined tension, and shear and torsion testing are not covered in the methods described herein. If these tests are required, refer to Test Methods E488/E488M for equipment and procedures.

    1.4 Both inch-pound and SI units are provided in this standard. The testing may be performed in either system and reported in the system used and converted to the other. However, anchor diameters, threads, and related test equipment shall be in accordance with either inch-pound or SI provisions.

    1.5 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.

    1.6 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

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E488/E488M Test Methods for Strength of Anchors in Concrete Elements

    E575 Practice for Reporting Data from Structural Tests of Building Constructions, Elements, Connections, and Assemblies

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E2265 Terminology for Anchors and Fasteners in Concrete and Masonry


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31162100(Anchors); 30111500(Concrete and mortars)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3121_E3121M-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3121 / E3121M-17, Standard Test Methods for Field Testing of Anchors in Concrete or Masonry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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