Performance Base Testing for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) Devices

The central objective of this project is to conduct systematic performance evaluations of select Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) devices in use in Tennessee following the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP). Currently, methods for preventing erosion and controlling sediment at highway and other construction sites in Tennessee are based on limited site-specific criteria and information with minimal testing if any. This project is providing systematic performance evaluations from which the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and other construction project managers, will be able to design more successful and cost effective erosion plans that are based on sound engineering and detailed testing. This project will measure the efficiency of different EPSC devices at trapping sediment. The devices include the Silt fence, Straw-filled sediment tubes, Mulch-filled sediment tubes, and the Rock check dam. Based on the ASTM procedures, the research will simulate three different rainfall intensities during these tests based on design storms from across the state. Rainfall simulators will deliver the rainfall over a soil box with the EPSC at end of the box. Below the EPSC, collected runoff and sediment from the soil box will enable quantification of the trapping efficiency.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $105,723.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    RES2016-20

    IG1859000

    40100-15616

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Project Managers:

    Hangul, Ali

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Papanicolaou, A. N.

  • Start Date: 20151001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01708160
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: RES2016-20, IG1859000, 40100-15616
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2019 12:28PM