Laboratory testing of invert-cut corrugated metal pipes renewed with polymeric spray applied pipe lining

14 Nov.,2022


culvert pipe

Buried culverts are important components of highway infrastructure. Most large culverts are built decades ago from corrugated metal or reinforced concrete materials and now have reached their design life. A variety of renewal techniques can be utilized to enhance load carrying capacity of the existing deteriorated culverts and extend their design life. Spray applied pipe lining (SAPL) is a trenchless renewal methodology that applies layers of liner on the interior surface of the deteriorated host culvert. The SAPL’s substances generally fall into two categories: cementitious and polymeric materials. Currently, there is no standard method available for structural design of SAPLs that resulting in various methods being applied by SAPL vendors. To provide the essentials for development of a design methodology for SAPLs, the objective of this paper is to examine the structural performance of full scale soil box testing of 60 in. (1.5 m) diameter circular invert deteriorated (invert-cut) corrugated metal pipes (CMPs) renewed with three different thicknesses of polymeric SAPL. The inverts of the CMPs were cut to simulate an invert deteriorated culvert in service condition and maximize the applied static load on the SAPL. The pipe samples were backfilled with loose SP soil and buried under two feet (0.6 m) of soil cover. The performances of SAPL renewed CMPs were compared with a same size invert-cut bare CMP under the same testing configuration. The results indicated that depending on thickness of the polymeric SAPL, application of this method could improve the structural capacity of a fully deteriorated invert CMP culverts up to 80%.