Standard Practices for
Handling, Storing, and Preparing Soft Undisturbed Marine
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 3213; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
1.1 These practices cover methods for project/cruise reporting, and handling, transporting and storing soft cohesive
undisturbed marine soil. Procedures for preparing soil specimens for triaxial strength, and consolidation testing are also
1.2 These practices may include the handling and transporting of sediment specimens contaminated with hazardous materials and samples subject to quarantine regulations.
1.3 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing
one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace
education or experience and should be used in conjunction with
professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be
applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not
intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which
the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged,
nor should this document be applied without consideration of
a project’s many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the
title of the document means only that the document has been
approved through the ASTM consensus process.
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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Sections 1, 2 and 7.
1.5 The values in acceptable SI units are to be regarded as
the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
2. Referenced Documents
2.1 ASTM Standards:
D 653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained
D 1587 Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Soils2
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