ASTM B789 / B789M - 99(2011)

    Standard Practice for Installing Corrugated Aluminum Structural Plate Pipe for Culverts and Sewers

    Active Standard ASTM B789 / B789M | Developed by Subcommittee: B07.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.02


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    Significance and Use

    Corrugated aluminum structural plate pipe functions structurally as a flexible ring that is supported by and interacts with the compacted surrounding soil. The soil placed around the structure is thus an integral part of the structural system. It is therefore important to ensure that the soil structure is made up of the acceptable material and well-constructed. Field verification of soil structure acceptability using Test Methods D1556, D2167, D2922, or D2937, as applicable, and comparing the results with Test Methods D698 or D1557, 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 must be established in the specifications for each project.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures, soils, and soil placement for the proper installation of corrugated aluminum structural plate culverts and sewers in either trench or embankment installations. A typical trench installation is shown in Fig. 1, and a typical embankment (projection) installation is shown in Fig. 2. Structural plate structures as described herein are those structures factory fabricated in plate form and bolted together on site to provide the required shape, size, and length of structure. This practice applies to structures designed in accordance with Practice B790/B790M.

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

    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

    B746/B746M Specification for Corrugated Aluminum Alloy Structural Plate for Field-Bolted Pipe, Pipe-Arches, and Arches

    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

    D1557 Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Modified Effort (56,000 ft-lbf/ft3 (2,700 kN-m/m3))

    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)

    D2922 Test Methods for Density of Soil and Soil-Aggregate in Place by Nuclear Methods (Shallow Depth)

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.140.80 (Drainage systems)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 95121633(Culvert)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/B0789_B0789M-99R11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM B789 / B789M-99(2011), Standard Practice for Installing Corrugated Aluminum Structural Plate Pipe for Culverts and Sewers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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