1.1 This test method covers the preparation, equipment, test procedure, and data reduction for determining in situ modulus of deformation of a rock mass using the flexible plate loading method.
1.2 This test method is designed to be conducted in an adit or small underground chamber; however, with suitable modifications it could be conducted at the surface.
1.3 This test method is usually conducted parallel or perpendicular to the anticipated axis of thrust, as dictated by the design load.
1.4 Time-dependent tests can be performed but are to be reported in another standard.
1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard.
1.6 The references appended to this standard contain further information on this test method.
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