• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 1-5

Original Article

Finite Element Analysis of Buried UPVC Pipe


Background/Objectives: Understanding the mechanics of buried pipes is complicated due to the imprecision in the properties of the soil envelope. This paper deals with the study of behavior of flexible Un-Plasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride pipes buried in loose and dense sand backfill. Methods/Statistical Analysis: A design methodology is proposed for prediction of the performance of pipes using the finite element method ANSYS. The pipe soil interaction under static loading conditions is investigated. Height of the soil above the pipe varies with the ratios of diameter of the pipe. The numerical results are compared with the available values calculated using the theoretical approach Spangler Deflection theory. Findings: Provision of geogrid reinforcement above the crown of buried pipe is suggested to minimize the vertical deflection of buried Un-Plasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride pipes.

Keywords: Backfill, Pipe - Soil Interaction, Soil Envelope, Static Loading


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