Effects of Vehicles on Buried, High-Pressure Pipe

by John C. Potter, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Advances in Underground Pipeline Engineering


The mechanical effects of selected types of traffic on buried, high-pressure steel pipe are examined. Particularly considered is a section of the Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG) pipeline across Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). The relationship between depth of cover and steel pipe deflection is clarified using field test results, with special emphasis on dynamic effects (impact factor). The results presented provide the technical basis for evaluating the feasibility of CIG pipeline protection from anticipated PCMS traffic by earth cover.

Subject Headings: Buried pipes | Gas pipelines | Steel pipes | Displacement (mechanics) | Vehicle impacts | Georgia | United States | North America

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