ASTM D 6539

Standard Test Method for Measurement of Pneumatic Permeability of Partially Saturated Porous Materials by Flowing Air

Applicable Apparatus:  The Frazier Differential Pressure Air Permeability Tester

ASTM
D
6539
2000
D6539-00 Standard Test Method for Measurement of Pneumatic Permeability of Partially Saturated Porous Materials by Flowing Air

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers laboratory determination of the coefficient of permeability for the flow of air (pneumatic permeability) through partially saturated porous materials.

1.2 This test method may be used with undisturbed or compacted coarse grained soils, silts, or lean cohesive soils that have a low degree of saturation and that have pneumatic permeability between 0.001 square micrometre (1.01 millidarcy) and 100 square micrometre (101 darcy).

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard, unless other units are specifically given. By tradition in U.S. practice, the pneumatic permeability of porous media is reported in units of darcy, although the SI unit for pneumatic permeability is square metre.

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.

2. Referenced Documents

D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D698 Test Method for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12,400 ftlbf/ft (605 kNm/m))
D854 Test Method for Specific Gravity of Soils
D1557 Test Method for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Modified Effort (56,000 ft-lbf/ft (2,750 kN-m/m))
D1587 Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Geotechnical Sampling of Soils
D2216 Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Water (Moisture) Content of Soil and Rock by Mass
D3550 Practice for Ring-Lined Barrel Sampling of Soils
D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in the Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction
D4220 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Soil Samples
D4525 Test Method for Permeability of Rocks by Flowing Air
D4564 Test Method for Density of Soil in Place by the Sleeve Method
D4753 Specification for Evaluating, Selecting, and Specifying Balances and Scales for Use in Testing Soil, Rock, and Related Construction Materials
D4767 Test Method for Consolidated-Undrained Triaxial Compression Test on Cohesive Soils
D5084 Test Method for Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Saturated Porous Materials Using a Flexible Wall Permeameter
D5856 Test Method for Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Porous Material Using a Rigid-Wall, Compaction-Mold Permeameter
E1 Specification for ASTM Thermometers
E145 Specification for Gravity-Convection and Forced-Ventilation Ovens
RP-27 Recommended Practice for Determining Permeability of Porous Media

Index Terms

airflow; flexible wall permeameter; permeability; permeameter; pneumatic permeability; rigid wall permeameter; 13.080.20

Applicable Apparatus:  The Frazier Differential Pressure Air Permeability Tester