New Installation Designs for Buried Concrete Pipe

by Frank J. Heger, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc, Arlington, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure


The rational development of new installation designs for buried concrete pipe is described. Over 100 analyses were performed using a new computer program named SPIDA (Soil Pipe Interaction Design and Analysis), to investigate installation variables. The results of this parametric study were used as a basis for recommending five new standard installation types that provide practical and efficient criteria for designing and constructing buried concrete pipe systems. Quantitative design criteria are given to define earth loads and external pressure distributions for pipe in these installations. Pipe subject to these loads and pressure distributions may be analyzed and designed using a new PC computer program named PIPECAR.

Subject Headings: Concrete pipes | Pressure distribution | Soil-pipe interaction | Soil analysis | Load distribution | Buried pipes | Pipelines | Soil-structure interaction

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