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ASTM WK71902

New Test Method for Measuring the Electrical Resistivity of Coarse Grained Material in a Laboratory

1. Scope

2.1 Scope The scope of the Committee shall be: The promotion of knowledge; stimulation of research; the development of specifications and methods for sampling and testing; and the development of terminology, definitions, and practices relating to the physical and chemical properties and behavior of soil, rock, and the fluids contained therein. Included are the physical and chemical properties and behavior of: soil-like materials and fluids occupying the pore spaces, fissures and other voids in soil and rock insofar as such fluids may influence the properties, behavior and uses of the soil and rock materials. Excluded are the uses of rock for building stone and for constituent materials in portland cement and bituminous paving and structures coming under the jurisdiction of other committees of the Society.

2.2 Interest Area The areas of interest of the Committee are soil, rock, powders, and such materials that may be intimately associated with soil and rock. . It will be the policy of this Committee to avoid, insofar as possible, dealing with methods of design of engineered structures and all those features of general practice in the use of soil and rock which may not involve the development of standards. It will, however, be considered within the scope of the Committee's work to promote by every desirable means the close cooperation of other organizations and committees whose field of endeavor is closely allied to that of the Committee.


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This guide proposes variables to be considered when testing and measuring the electrical resistivity of soils and a variety of materials used in construction. This guide includes considerations for apparatus used for testing, monitoring physical properties of the materials being tested, as well as documenting the test conditions of the material that may impact the measured resistivity. There is currently not a standard in ASTM International that describes these activities. This guide would be beneficial to engineers and designers when specifying the electrical resistivity of a variety of soils and construction materials that are not specifically addressed in current test methods. This guide includes considerations for testing of soil and construction materials in conditions expected or specified for construction.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D18.06

Committee: D18

Staff Manager: Katerina Koperna

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-11-2020

Technical Contact: John Edlebeck

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