ASTM D2573 2008 Edition, October 1, 2008
Standard Test Method for Field Vane Shear Test in Cohesive Soil
Includes all amendments and changes through Change/Amendment , October 1, 2008
Additional Comments: W/D S/S BY ASTM D2573/D2573M
Published By:ASTM International (ASTM)
This test method covers the field vane test in saturated clay and silt soils for determination of undrained shear strength. Knowledge of the nature of the soil in which each vane test is to be made is necessary for assessment of the applicability and interpretation of the test. The test is not applicable for sandy soils which may allow drainage during the test.
This test method addresses testing on land and for testing in drill holes or by self drilling or continuous push methods from the ground surface. This method does not address specifically marine testing where special test requirements or variations in equipment may be required. The user is referred to ASTM STP 1014 for additional information on in-place vane shear testing.2
This method is often used in conjunction with fluid rotary drilling (D 5783) or hollow-stem augers (D 6151). Some apparatuses have the vane retracted in protective shoe for advancement and incremental testing. Sampling, such as with thin wall tubes (D 1587) is often combined with vane testing. Subsurface geotechnical explorations are reported in accordance with practice (D 5434).
Undrained shear strength and sensitivity of cohesive soils can also be measured in Unconfined Compression D 2166 and Laboratory Vane Test (D 4648).
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. English (Imperial) units are given in parentheses.
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 ASTM STP 1014 on Vane Shear Strength Testing in Soils (1988).
*A Summary of Changes section appears at the end of this standard.