An arch culvert, under a 240-ft. (73-m) embankment, was tested to assess influence on structural behavior of four methods of backfilling, including Method A, employing well-compacted structure backfill; imperfect trenches with various inclusions; and straw surrounding the barrel. At the time of fill completion, stresses due to footing rotations were not great under Method A backfill, but increased appreciably at some stations 2 yr after fill completion. Where baled straw surrounded the barrel, severe stresses were indicated due to footing rotations at the time of fill completion--footing rotations and stresses decreased in the 2-yr period following fill completion. In general, good foundation conditions prevented large stresses due to footing differential displacements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Davis, R E
    • Bacher, A E
  • Publication Date: 1972-11

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  • Accession Number: 00046384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 9325 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1974 12:00AM