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ASTM B789/B789M-16(2021)

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

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

4.1 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/D1556M, D2167, D6938, 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.


1.1 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.

FIG. 1 Typical Trench Installation

 Typical Trench Installation Typical Trench Installation

FIG. 2 Typical Embankment (Projection) Installation

 Typical Embankment (Projection) Installation Typical Embankment (Projection) Installation

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 02.02
Developed by Subcommittee: B07.08
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/B0789_B0789M-16R21
ICS Code: 91.140.80