STP1222

    Evaluation of PVC Pipe for Microtunneling

    Published: Jan 1994


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    Abstract

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe is a suitable product for sewer system construction. However, in the past, due to axial thrust load limitations and lack of a suitable joint it was not possible to use PVC pipe in microtunneling. In June 1992, a full-scale field test was conducted at Louisiana Tech University and a sewer PVC profile pipe was successfully installed with a new microtunneling propulsion system. The 24-inch plastic pipe with smooth joint used for this evaluation program was inspected after installation and was monitored for one year for effects of construction loads and long-term vertical soil loads. The details and results of this field testing will be discussed in this paper.

    Keywords:

    polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, microtunneling, trenchless technology, pipe design, underground infrastructure, sewer pipe installation


    Author Information:

    Najafi, M
    Assistant Professor, Missouri Western State College, Saint Joseph, MO

    Iseley, DT
    Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA


    Committee/Subcommittee: F17.25

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12677S


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