Standard Active Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016
ASTM D8019-15

Standard Test Methods for Determining the Full Section Flexural Modulus and Bending Strength of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Crossarms Assembled with Center Mount Brackets

Significance and Use

5.1 Determination of the flexural modulus, beam bending strength and full assembly strength, by this test method is especially useful for product validation, design and specification purposes.

5.2 Calculated values for flexural modulus, bending strength and full assembly strength will vary with specimen depth, span length, hole configurations, loading rate, and ambient test temperature. A minimum span to depth ratio of 16:1 is required for establishing the flexural modulus.

5.3 Validity—Stress at failure, σ, is only valid for crossarm failures due to local compression buckling. Other controlling modes of failure will dictate the ultimate phase loading capacities. For example, in-plane shear, fastener pin bearing, position hardware, center mount failures and fastener pull out will dictate the failure mode and ultimately the crossarm capacity.


1.1 These test methods cover the determination of the flexural modulus and bending strength of both tangent and deadend arms bent about their minor and major axes. One method covers testing of assembled tangent crossarms including the tangent bracket and relative hardware. The other method covers testing of assembled deadend crossarms with a deadend bracket and relative phase loading hardware. The failure modes and associated stresses can be used for predicting the phase load capacities of pultruded crossarms specific to certain conductor loading scenarios.

1.2 The test methods described in this standard can be used for predicting the vertical and horizontal component loads of deadend and tangent arms. Both deadend and tangent crossarms shall be tested in the two configurations described in Figures 1 and 2. This will permit the manufactures to publish both vertical and horizontal design capacities for deadend crossarm configurations so that two way bending stresses, caused by catenary effects, can be considered when developing the capacity of the deadend crossarms by utility design engineers and manufacturers.

1.3 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 nonconformance with the standard.

1.4 This standard will not address all factors that affect the phase loading capacity.

1.5 This standard does not address the use of core materials that are added to increase the structural capacity of the crossarms. Core material shall not be considered in the calculations provided in this standard.

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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Note 1: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.18
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D8019-15
ICS Code: 83.120