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ASTM D1558-10

ASTM D1558-10

Standard Test Method for Moisture Content Penetration Resistance Relationships of Fine-Grained Soils (Withdrawn 2019)

2019-01-09 /Withdrawn
No replacement
Significance and Use:

This test method is used with Methods A and B of Test Methods D698 or D1557 to develop relationships between moisture content, density, and penetration resistance. These relationships are used with a previously prepared family of moisture-penetration curves as a rapid field test to determine the approximate amount of moisture in the soil.

Note 1—When a penetration-resistance measurement of material in place is compared at a given moisture content with penetration-density curves prepared at a specified compactive effort, an approximate check of compaction (density) may be obtained.

Penetration resistance determinations are not reliable for very dry molded soil specimens or very granular soils.

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 the facilities used. Agencies that meet the criteria of Practice D3740 are generally considered capable of competent and objective testing. Users of this test method are cautioned that compliance with Practice D3740 does not in itself assure reliable testing. Reliable testing depends on many factors; Practice D3740 provides a means of evaluating some of those factors.


1.1 This test method covers establishing the moisture-penetration resistance relationships of fine-grained soils as determined by the soil penetrometer.

1.2 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.

1.3 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026.

1.4 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.

backfills; base courses; compaction; compaction control; compaction curves; control; density; field control; field laboratories; field tests; fine grained soils; inspection; laboratory test; maximum dry density; moisture; moisture content; moisture control; penetration resistance; soil tests; Backfill--testing; Compaction measurement--soils; Density--soil/rock/related materials; Embankments; Field testing--soil; Fine-grained soil; Laboratory soil/rock analysis; Maximum dry density; Penetration resistance; Soil-moisture analysis
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