Standard Active Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
ASTM C215-19

Standard Test Method for Fundamental Transverse, Longitudinal, and Torsional Resonant Frequencies of Concrete Specimens

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is intended primarily for detecting changes in the dynamic modulus of elasticity of laboratory or field test specimens that are undergoing exposure to weathering or other types of potentially deteriorating influences. The test method may also be used to monitor the development of dynamic elastic modulus with increasing maturity of test specimens.

5.2 The value of the dynamic modulus of elasticity obtained by this test method will, in general, be greater than the static modulus of elasticity obtained by using Test Method C469/C469M. The difference depends, in part, on the strength level of the concrete.

5.3 The conditions of manufacture, the moisture content, and other characteristics of the test specimens (see section on Test Specimens) influence the results obtained.

5.4 Different computed values for the dynamic modulus of elasticity may result from different modes of vibration and from specimens of different sizes and shapes of the same concrete. Therefore, it is not advisable to compare results from different modes of vibration or from specimens of different sizes or shapes.


1.1 This test method covers measurement of the fundamental transverse, longitudinal, and torsional resonant frequencies of concrete prisms and cylinders for the purpose of calculating dynamic Young's modulus of elasticity, the dynamic modulus of rigidity (sometimes designated as “the modulus of elasticity in shear”), and dynamic Poisson's ratio.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.3 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.

1.4 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.02
Developed by Subcommittee: C09.64
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/C0215-19
ICS Code: 91.100.30