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Standard Test Method for Determining Tearing Strength of Internally Reinforced Geomembranes

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Standard Test Method for Determining Tearing Strength of Internally Reinforced Geomembranes


1.1 This test method covers a uniform procedure for determining the tear strength of flexible geomembranes internally reinforced with a textile, using the tongue tear method.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are for information only.

1.3 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.

Significance and Use

Since tear resistance may be affected to a large degree by mechanical fibering of the membrane under stress, as well as by stress distribution, strain rate, and size of specimen, the results obtained in a tear resistance test can only be regarded as a measure of the resistance under the conditions of that particular test and not necessarily as having any direct relation to service value. This test method measures the force required to tear a reinforced geomembrane along a reasonably defined course such as that the tear propagates across the width of the specimen. The values may vary between types of reinforcement used within a geomembrane.

The tongue tear method is useful for estimating the relative tear resistance of different reinforcing textiles or different directions in the same reinforcing textiles.

DisputesIn case of a dispute arising from differences in reported test results when using this test method for acceptance testing of commercial shipments, the purchaser and the supplier should conduct comparative tests to determine if there is a statistical difference between their laboratories.


geomembrane; reinforced; tearing strength; textile; Geomembranes; Internally reinforced geomembranes; Reinforced geomembranes; Tear testing--geosynthetic materials/applications; ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

04.09 (Soil and Rock (II): D5877 - latest)

04.13 (Geosynthetics)

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59.080.70 (Geotextiles Including geosynthetics)

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April 1, 2010

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Test Method

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3 pages

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