Full-Scale Burial Testing of Pipes and Storm Chambers

A complex soil-structure interaction is involved when buried flexible plastic pipe or storm chamber systems are placed under load, and the stability of these buried systems must be demonstrated under “worst-case” live and/or dead load conditions. While it has become common place to demonstrate buried structure stability through analytical methods, including empirical equations or finite element modeling, full-scale burial tests have been recognized as necessary to, at least, calibrate these analytical methods. Two types of field tests have been used for this purpose: conventional excavation/backfill construction and compact burial chambers. This paper describes these full-scale burial testing facilities and procedures and how they have been used to develop deflection and strain data, along with a visual record, for use in correlating results of small-scale laboratory tests and calibrating design models. Included is an example of each type of field test – one evaluating storm chambers and another looking at corrugated pipe.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Monograph Title: Geotechnical Frontiers 2017: Transportation Facilities, Structures, and Site Investigation

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  • Accession Number: 01686947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784480441
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2018 3:58PM