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The Bureau of Reclamation constructed a special test section of 27-inch (675-mm) diameter PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe in November 1987 near Elba, Nebraska. Measurements were made of pipe deflections, pipe invert elevations, soil properties, and in-place unit weights. Pipe deflections will be continually monitored for several years. This paper describes the installation and pipe deflection measurements through the 2-year reading.
pipe, PVC pipe, flexible pipe, deflection, test section, soil mechanics, soil tests, time factors, soil-structure interaction
Howard, Amster K.
Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO