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Title: In situ corrosion and heat loss assessment of two nonstandard undergro-AR01 (Vol 2 appendices)
Authors: Beitelman, Alfred D.
Marsh, Charles P.
Carlson, Thomas A.
Keywords: military installations, underground heat distribution systems (UHDS), performance, guide specifications, design evaluation, Fort Carson, CO, Fort Stewart, GA
Corrosion Prevention and Control Program
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical report
The objective of this project was to assess the performance of nonstandard underground heat distribution system (UHDS) designs being implemented at various Department of Defense (DoD) installations. These systems incorporate nonmetallic cladding and alternative insulation materials that are advertised to improve energy conservation and corrosion resistance, but they deviate from established guide specifications for UHDS. The ongoing reliable operation of UHDS on military installations is mission-critical, and service interruptions can have adverse and extended negative mission impacts. This report documents the assessment of two similar nonstandard UHDS piping system designs — one at Fort Carson, CO, and one at Fort Stewart, GA. The study consisted of environmental corrosivity tests, air pressure tests, visible inspection of excavated sections, and heat loss evaluation using two methods. Deficiencies in design, installation, and accessibility for maintenance were recorded, and significantly degraded sections were documented. Recommendations for addressing site-specific deficiencies are offered, and supporting technical discussions are provided. Overall, it is advised that these systems not be recommended or allowed in guide specifications and criteria. When more in-service experience is amassed, a second assessment may be merited.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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