Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

This case history reports the collapse of a large highway steel pipe-arch (8.12 m rise - 10.95 m span), occurring just when backfilling reached the top of the arch. No fill was placed on top as backfilling proceeded; the arch raised, thereby flattening side radius. It shows that stability in a soil-structure interaction system requires not only adequate design of the structure barrel, it also presumes a well engineered backfill. Performance of the flexible steel pipe-arch in retaining its shape and structural integrity depends greatly on placement and compaction of the envelope of earth surrounding the structure and distributing its pressures to the abutting soil masses.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Collapsing Peak Up of a Large Highway Steel Pipe-Arch

This case history reports the collapse of a large highway steel pipe-arch (8.12 m rise - 10.95 m span), occurring just when backfilling reached the top of the arch. No fill was placed on top as backfilling proceeded; the arch raised, thereby flattening side radius. It shows that stability in a soil-structure interaction system requires not only adequate design of the structure barrel, it also presumes a well engineered backfill. Performance of the flexible steel pipe-arch in retaining its shape and structural integrity depends greatly on placement and compaction of the envelope of earth surrounding the structure and distributing its pressures to the abutting soil masses.