Structural Model Studies of Large Pipe Bifurcation

by William G. Godden, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 83-109

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper presents the results of a structural model study conducted on the design of a massive 12-ft, 6-in (3.81-m) diam steel pipe bifurcation subjected to a static head of 2,000 ft. (approx 610 m). The prototype structure is the largest bifurcation in the discharge line manifolds in the A.D. Edmonston Pumping Plant in Southern California, which pumps water over the Tehachapi Mountains in a single lift. The use of models in the design procedure is examined. Techniques used in determining the elastic stresses are presented and the results compared with a finite element analysis developed for this problem.

Subject Headings: Structural models | Pipelines | Bifurcations | Pumping stations | Elastic analysis | Stress analysis | Finite element method | Steel structures | California | United States

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