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ASTM D6637/D6637M-15

Standard Test Method for Determining Tensile Properties of Geogrids by the Single or Multi-Rib Tensile Method

Standard Test Method for Determining Tensile Properties of Geogrids by the Single or Multi-Rib Tensile Method D6637_D6637M-15 ASTM|D6637_D6637M-15|en-US Standard Test Method for Determining Tensile Properties of Geogrids by the Single or Multi-Rib Tensile Method Standard new BOS Vol. 04.13 Committee D35
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Significance and Use

5.1 The determination of the tensile force-elongation values of geogrids provides index property values. This test method shall be used for quality control and acceptance testing of commercial shipments of geogrids.

5.2 In cases of dispute arising from differences in reported test results when using this test method for acceptance testing of commercial shipments, the purchaser and supplier should conduct comparative tests to determine if there is a statistical bias between their laboratories. Competent statistical assistance is recommended for the investigation of bias. As a minimum, the two parties should take a group of test specimens which are as homogeneous as possible and which are from a lot of material of the type in question. The test specimens should then be randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. The average results from the two laboratories should be compared using Student's t-test for unpaired data and an acceptable probability level chosen by the two parties before the testing began. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected or the purchaser and supplier must agree to interpret future test results in light of the known bias.

5.3 All geogrids can be tested by any of these methods. Some modification of techniques may be necessary for a given geogrid depending upon its physical make-up. Special adaptations may be necessary with strong geogrids, multiple layered geogrids, or geogrids that tend to slip in the clamps or those which tend to be damaged by the clamps.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the tensile strength properties of geogrids by subjecting strips of varying width to tensile loading.

1.2 Three alternative procedures are provided to determine the tensile strength, as follows:

1.2.1 Method A—Testing a single geogrid rib in tension (N or lbf).

1.2.2 Method B—Testing multiple geogrid ribs in tension (kN/m or lbf/ft).

1.2.3 Method C—Testing multiple layers of multiple geogrid ribs in tension (kN/m or lbf/ft).

1.3 This test method is intended for quality control and conformance testing of geogrids.

1.4 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 non-conformance with the standard.

1.5 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. 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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.13
Developed by Subcommittee: D35.01
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D6637_D6637M-15
ICS Code: 59.080.70