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ASTM D854

Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 10 July 2002
Status: inactive
Page Count: 7
ICS Code (Earthworks. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works): 93.020
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These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the 4.75-mm sieve, Test Method C 127 shall be used for the soil solids retained on the 4.75-mm sieve and these test methods shall be used for the soil solids passing the 4.75-mm sieve.

Soil solids for these test methods do not include solids which can be altered by these methods, contaminated with a substance that prohibits the use of these methods, or are highly organic soil solids, such as fibrous matter which floats in water.

NOTE 1 - The use of Test Method D 5550 may be used to determine the specific gravity of soil solids having solids which readily dissolve in water or float in water, or where it is impracticable to use water.

Two methods for performing the specific gravity are provided. The method to be used shall be specified by the requesting authority, except when testing the types of soils listed in 1.2.1

Method A - Procedure for Moist Specimens, described in 9.2. This procedure is the preferred method. For organic soils; highly plastic, fine grained soils; tropical soils; and soils containing halloysite, Method A shall be used.

Method B - Procedure for Oven-Dry Specimens, described in 9.3.

All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D 6026.

The procedures used to specify how data are collected/recorded and calculated in this standard are regarded as the industry standard. In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that generally should be retained. The procedures used do not consider material variation, purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose studies, or any considerations for the user's objectives; and it is common practice to increase or reduce significant digits of reported data to be commensurate with these considerations. It is beyond the scope of these test methods to consider significant digits used in analysis methods for engineering design.

Units - The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in these test methods.

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.

Document History

May 1, 2014
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
January 1, 2010
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
January 15, 2006
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
January 15, 2006
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
November 15, 2005
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
ASTM D854
July 10, 2002
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
June 10, 2000
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
June 10, 2000
Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Soil Solids by Water Pycnometer
These test methods cover the determination of the specific gravity of soil solids that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a water pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than the...
December 10, 1998
Standard Test Method for Specific Gravity of Soils
1. Scope * 1.1 This test method covers the determination of the specific gravity of soils that pass the 4.75-mm (No. 4) sieve, by means of a pycnometer. When the soil contains particles larger than...
November 15, 1992
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STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR SPECIFIC GRAVITY OF SOILS
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STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR SPECIFIC GRAVITY OF SOILS (R 1990) (R 1990)
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