Effects of military traffic on buried, high-pressure pipe
Potter, John C.
Technical ReportAbstract: This study examines the mechanical effects of selected types of military traffic on buried, high-pressure pipe. Particularly, the study considers the section of the Colorado Interstate Cas (CIC) pipeline across Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), which should be most susceptible to damage. The relationship between depth of cover and steel pipe deflection is clarified experimentally, with special emphasis on dynamic effects (impact factor). The findings indicate that the pipeline at the PCMS(pressurized or unpressurized) is not susceptible to damage from random crossings by any anticipated military traffic, with the maximum expected impacts, as long as there is any cover over the pipeline. Further, any deflections which do occur, even at points of concentrated vehicle crossings, will be less than the recommended design deflection limit of 5 percent of the nominal pipe diameter.
Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Buried conduit; Pipes; Buried pipes; Pipelines; Impact factor; Buried pipeline; Pipe deflection; Flexible pipe behavior; Fort Carson, Colorado
Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-84-4.
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