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Title: Electro-Osmotic Pulse Technology to Control Water Seepage : User Guide and Specifications
Authors: Hock, V. F.
Piskin, Deniz
McInerney, Michael K.
Rodriguez, Fidel
Keywords: Dampness in basements--Maintenance and repair
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: FEAP User Guide (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.);no.97/86
Abstract: Subterranean moisture problems continue to frustrate the facility maintenance environment by causing concrete degradation, rebar corrosion, and personnel health and safety hazards. Also, because of the high humidity conditions associated with ever present standing water, corrosion of peripheral building mechanical equipment, pumps, boilers, and associated systems is accelerated, minimizing the opportunities for extending the useful life of those facilities. Finally, current management practices for the disposal of standing or subterranean water raises additional environmental concerns. For instance, water pumped from a sump pit in a mechanical room often has to be treated as "mixed waste" due to the possibility · of oil drippings and lubricants from the mechanical systems mixing with water. Traditional methods for abating high-moisture conditions within existing structures include external excavation, tiling, coatings, flow-down wells, and the installation of"french drains." These approaches are expensive and often provide little relief in abating high-moisture conditions within internal subterranean structures such as elevator shafts, service tunnels, electrical and mechanical rooms, or basement storage rooms. For example, exterior building trenching, tiling, and coating of a structure would cost approximately $36,000 for a typical starship barracks such as those at Fort Jackson, SC. Another example is Building 5, Health Clinic, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester, OK, where conventional basement seepage control methods have failed. The cost of conventional trenching, tiling, and coating exceeded $30,000. A final example is the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, MI, which recently estimated it would cost over $300,000 to control the basement seepage in Building 212 (the Dynamometer building). A Facilities Engineering Application Program (FEAP) ad flyer describing this technology is included in this guide as an appendix.
Description: FEAP User Guide
Gov't Doc #: USACERL FEAP UG-97/86
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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