Evaluation of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipe

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) currently has only two locations where HDPE pipe is used under a state highway. The SDDOT allows HDPE pipe to be installed as culvert drains in crossovers, field entrances and approaches. The SDDOT needs to install and monitor additional HDPE pipe test sections to see if HDPE pipe is an acceptable alternative in mainline applications. Allowing HDPE pipe to be used as an alternative might lower the bid price of other pipe alternatives. The initial and life cycle cost of HDPE pipe in mainline applications needs to be evaluated. The SDDOT completed a research project SD96-11 Evaluation of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipe in 1998. This project did not evaluate embankment sites. Some contractors do not have the necessary equipment to install pipe in a trench site. Contractors often install pipe in an embankment installation; therefore, research is needed to evaluate the installation of HDPE pipe in both an embankment installation and a trench installation. This evaluation is designed in part to ensure that the needs of both the contractor and the SDDOT are satisfied. Recommendations from SD96-11 indicated a need to install and evaluate HDPE pipe in various soil types. The SDDOT needs to have an efficient way to evaluate the performance of HDPE pipe. The objective is this research project are to determine: (1) the suitability of HDPE pipe in mainline applications; (2)  the acceptability of HDPE pipe by both the contractors and highway departments that are responsible for maintenance of the highway; and (3) both the initial cost and life cycle costs of using HDPE pipe.

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  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    SD2000-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    South Dakota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building, 700 E Broadway
    Pierre, SD  United States  57501
  • Project Managers:

    Huft, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    South Dakota Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building, 700 E Broadway
    Pierre, SD  United States  57501
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ormesher, Daris

  • Start Date: 20000401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20051130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 12731

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460472
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: South Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: SD2000-08
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:25PM