This standard is issued under the fixed designation D ; the number . 1 This test method is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and. GeoTesting Express is a provider of Rock Testing Services – ASTM D, Standard Test Method for Splitting Tensile Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens. We propose two compression device models for indirect tensile test (splitting test) conforming to ASTM D and to ISRM Specifications. Model conforming to.

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The diameter shall be at least 10 times greater than the largest mineral grain constituent.

ASTM D – 16 Standard Test Method for Splitting Tensile Strength of Intact Rock Core Specimens

Enough samples to represent a valid average of the type of rock under consideration; however the standard recommends Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

In addition, they are representative of the significant digits that generally should be asm. Rock testing Lab Services: Reporting of test results in units other than SI shall not be regarded atm nonconformance with this test method.

Users of this standard are cautioned that compliance with Practice D does not in itself assure reliable results. Request Quote Client Login.

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The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units, which d39667 provided for information only and are not considered standard. Compression testing, indirect tensile strength, loading tests, rock, splitting tensile strength, tension properties, Brazilian tensile strength. Rock testing Back to Results Print. However, the direct tensile test is difficult and expensive for routine application.


Under such conditions, the tensile strength should be obtained with the presence of compressive stresses to be representative of the field conditions. In rock mechanics design, complicated stress fields are often encountered.

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Circular disk with a thickness-to-diameter ratio between 0. For more information, contact: These include combinations of compressive and tensile stress fields.

Also, by testing across different diametrical directions, possible variations in tensile strength for anisotropic rocks can be determined. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard.

It is beyond the scope of this standard to consider significant digits used in analysis methods for engineering axtm.

The quality of the results produced by this standard is dependent on the competence of the personnel performing it, and the suitability of the equipment and facilities used. The splitting tensile test appears to offer a desirable alternative, because it is much simpler and inexpensive.

Link d39677 Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. 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.


Since it is widely used in practice, a uniform test method is needed for data to be comparable. Reliable results depend on many factors; Practice D provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.

This test is a simpler and less expensive alternative to the direct tensile test method. Furthermore, engineers involved in rock mechanics design usually deal with complicated stress fields, including various combinations of compressive and tensile stress fields.

A uniform test is also needed to make sure that the disk specimens break diametrically due to tensile stresses perpendicular to the loading diameter. For Individuals with needing special assistance for disabilities or limited English proficiency Please contact our Title VI specialist at This test determines the splitting tensile strength of rock by diametral line compression of a disk of rock. The procedures used do not consider material variation, purpose for obtaining the data, special purpose asfm, or any considerations for the user’s objectives; and d39677 is common practice to increase or reduce significant digits of reported data to be commensurate with these considerations.

Under these conditions, tensile strength should adtm obtained with the presence of compressive stresses as is what occurs in this test to be representative of the field conditions.