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Loading Tests on Buried Plastics Pipes to Validate a New Design Method


Testing and Processing

Plastic Pipes Conference Association # 1982 York

Reilly, Trott, Crab

A series of loading tests on buried plastics pipes has been carried out to validate a new design method, which can be sumarised in a set of design charts. The test programme involved monitoring the response to loading of pipes of different plastics materials, buried in uncompacted sand. The pipes were tested to failure, which occurred either by excessive deformation or buckling. Comparison of the results with design chart predictions shows that the new design method provides a reasonable model of soillpipe behaviour. 

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