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Flotation of Circular Concrete Pipe

ACPA-Thumbnail-DD22-Flotation-of-Concrete-Pipe-CPDDCP002-2Design Data 22:  Flotation of Circular Concrete Pipe

There are several installation conditions where there is the possibility that concrete pipe may float, even though the density of concrete is approximately 2.4 times that of water. Some of these conditions are: the use of flooding to consolidate backfill; pipelines in areas which will be inundated, such as a flood plain or under a future man-made lake; subaqueous pipelines; flowable fill installations; and pipelines in areas with a high groundwater table. When such conditions exist, flotation probability should be checked.


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