Standard Test Method for Determining the Shear Strength Between Segmental Concrete Units (Modular Concrete Blocks)
1.1 This test method is used to determine the shear strength between two layers of segmental concrete block units used in construction of reinforced soil retaining walls. The test is carried out under conditions determined by the user that reproduce the facing system at full-scale. The results of a series of tests are used to define a relationship between shear strength developed between segmental concrete units and normal load.
1.2 This is a performance test used to determine properties for design of retaining wall systems utilizing segmental concrete units and soil reinforcing geosynthetics, either geotextiles or geogrids. The test is performed on a full-scale construction of the facing system and may be run in a laboratory or the field.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are regarded as the standard. The values stated in inch-pound units are provided for information only.
1.4 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. 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.
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