This project studied the feasibility of using flexible PVC pipe filled with different concrete and soil-concrete mixtures to form a support arch that can be used to support a bridge deck. Five (10 ft) model arches were designed, constructed, and tested. Computer modeling was used to determine the critical factors important in the structural response of the composite arches. Based on these results, recommendations for practical applications and structural capacity limits are suggested.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
Civil and Environmental Engineering