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Description of ASTM-D1587 2012
ASTM D1587 - 08(2012)e1
Standard Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Soils for Geotechnical Purposes
Active Standard ASTM D1587 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.02
Book of Standards Volume: 04.08
Significance and Use
5.1 This practice, or Practice D3550 with thin wall shoe, is used when it is necessary to obtain a relatively intact specimen suitable for laboratory tests of engineering properties or other tests that might be influenced by soil disturbance.
Note 2 The quality of the result produced by this standard is dependent on the competence of the personnel performing it, and the suitability of the equipment and facilities used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Practice D3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective sampling. Users of this practice. are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not in itself assure reliable results. Reliable results depend on many factors; Practice D3740 provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.
TABLE 2 Suitable Thin-Walled Steel Sample Tubes A
A The three diameters recommended in Table 2 are indicated for purposes of standardization, and are not intended to indicate that sampling tubes of intermediate or larger diameters are not acceptable. Lengths of tubes shown are illustrative. Proper lengths to be determined as suited to field conditions.
1.1 This practice covers a procedure for using a thin-walled metal tube to recover relatively intact soil samples suitable for laboratory tests of engineering properties, such as strength, compressibility, permeability, and density. Thin-walled tubes used in piston, plug, or rotary-type samplers should comply with Section 6.3 of this practice which describes the thin-walled tubes.
1.2 This practice is limited to soils that can be penetrated by the thin-walled tube. This sampling method is not recommended for sampling soils containing gravel or larger size soil particles, cemented, or very hard soils. Other soil samplers may be used for sampling these soil types. Such samplers include driven split barrel samplers and soil coring devices ( D1586 , D3550 , and D6151 ). For information on appropriate use of other soil samplers refer to D6169 .
1.3 This practice is often used in conjunction with fluid rotary drilling ( D1452 , D5783 ) or hollow-stem augers ( D6151 ). Subsurface geotechnical explorations should be reported in accordance with practice ( D5434 ). This practice discusses some aspects of sample preservation after the sampling event. For information on preservation and transportation process of soil samples, consult Practice D4220 . This practice does not address environmental sampling; consult D6169 and D6232 for information on sampling for environmental investigations.
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.4.1 The tubing tolerances presented in Table 1 are from sources available in North America. Use of metric equivalent is acceptable as long as thickness and proportions are similar to those required in this standard.
TABLE 1 Dimensional Tolerances for Thin-Walled Tubes