Guidance for Design and Selection of Pipes

In recent years, new pipe materials have been introduced on the market. The pipe industry is placing increasing pressure on department of transportations (DOTs) to allow the use of their products for highway applications, claiming their products' competency. In many cases, the performance of these pipe materials has not been verified by credible independent scientific analysis. Some pipe installations are failing prematurely because of pipe material degradation. The cost of repairing or replacing failing pipes can be many times the initial installation costs. Three main hindrances exist nationally for selecting a good pipe material type: (1) Lack of unified, unbiased pipe material selection guidance. (2) Lack of defined engineering approach to pipe selection. (3) Insufficient tracking of the performance of existing culvert installations. The objective of this research is to develop a recommended standard for selecting pipe materials based on sound, scientific research to meet transportation needs for providing durable, safe and economical products.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project, 20-07, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Reynaud, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    E. L. Robinson Engineering of Ohio

    6209 Riverside Drive
    , OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    White, Kevin

  • Start Date: 20090622
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23122

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464134
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project, 20-07, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM