A unified computer methodology is presented for the structural design, analysis, and evaluation of buried culverts made of corrugated steel, aluminum, reinforced concrete, and a class of plastic pipe. Through proper representation of soil-structure interaction, the engineer can test and evaluate either old or new culvert design concepts. The engineer may select any of three solution levels in the computer program, depending on the complexity of the problem and vigor of solution derived. Level 1 is a closed-form elasticity solution (Burns), whereas levels 2 and 3 are based on finite element methods. Each solution characterizes the culvert-soil system by plain strain geometry and loading. Analytical modeling features incremental construction and non-linear constitutive models for characterizing culvert and soil behavior. Culvert material models account for ductile yielding and brittle cracking. CANDE designs are compared with traditional design solutions for both corrugated metal and reinforced concrete pipe. Field experimental data compared to CANDE predictions demonstrate good condition. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Research. See also PB-275808. Also available in set of 3 reports PC E13, PB-275806-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Naval Construction Battalion Center

    Civil Engineering Laboratory, Point Mugu
    Port Hueneme, CA  United States  93043

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Katona, M G
    • Smith, J M
    • Odello, R S
    • Allgood, J R
  • Publication Date: 1976-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 475 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-77- 5 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: I.A.3-1170
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM