ASTM B788 / B788M - 09(2014)

    Standard Practice for Installing Factory-Made Corrugated Aluminum Culverts and Storm Sewer Pipe

    Active Standard ASTM B788 / B788M | Developed by Subcommittee: B07.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Corrugated aluminum pipe functions structurally as a flexible ring which is supported by and interacts with the compacted surrounding soil. The soil constructed around the pipe is thus an integral part of the structural system. It is therefore important to ensure that the soil structure or backfill is made up of acceptable material and is well-constructed. Field verification of soil structure acceptability using Test Methods D1556, D2167, D2937, or D6938 as applicable, and comparing the results with Test Method D698 in accordance with the specifications for each project, is the most reliable basis for installation of an acceptable structure. The required density and method of measurement are not specified by this practice, but they must be established in the specifications for each project.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes procedures, soils, and soil placement for the proper installation of corrugated aluminum culverts and storm sewers in either trench or projection installations. A typical trench installation is shown in Fig. 1, and a typical embankment (projection) installation is shown in Fig. 2. The pipes described in this practice are manufactured in a factory and furnished to the job in lengths ordinarily from 10 to 30 ft [3 to 9 m], with 20 ft [6 m] being common, for field joining. This practice applies to structures designed in accordance with Practice B790/B790M.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.2.1 SI Units—SI units are shown in the text in brackets, and they are the applicable values for metric installation.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    B745/B745M Specification for Corrugated Aluminum Pipe for Sewers and Drains

    B790/B790M Practice for Structural Design of Corrugated Aluminum Pipe, Pipe-Arches, and Arches for Culverts, Storm Sewers, and Other Buried Conduits

    D698 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12 400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3))

    D1556 Test Method for Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place by Sand-Cone Method

    D2167 Test Method for Density and Unit Weight of Soil in Place by the Rubber Balloon Method

    D2487 Practice for Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes (Unified Soil Classification System)

    D2937 Test Method for Density of Soil in Place by the Drive-Cylinder Method

    D6938 Test Method for In-Place Density and Water Content of Soil and Soil-Aggregate by Nuclear Methods (Shallow Depth)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.140.80 (Drainage systems)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40170000(Pipe piping and pipe fittings); 70171802(Storm water drainage)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0788_B0788M-09R14

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