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  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 PVC: A Revolutionary Pipe Material
  • 1.3 Thermoplastics and Thermosets
  • 1.4 History of PVC
  • 1.5 PVC Pipe Advantages
    • 1.5.1 Corrosion Resistance
    • 1.5.2 Chemical Resistance
    • 1.5.3 Light Weight
    • 1.5.4 Flexibility
    • 1.5.5 Long-Term Tensile Strength
    • 1.5.6 Watertight Joints
    • 1.5.7 Abrasion/Wear Resistance
    • 1.5.8 Impact Strength
    • 1.5.9 Hydraulic Efficiency
    • 1.5.10 Longer Lengths
    • 1.5.11 Water Quality
    • 1.5.12 Thermal Insulation
    • 1.5.13 Flame Resistance
    • 1.5.14 Cost Effectiveness
    • 1.5.15 Environmental Benefit
  • 1.6 PVC Pipe Technology
  • 1.7 Sources

  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 PVC Pipe Compounds
    • 2.2.1 PVC Resin
    • 2.2.2 Properties of PVC Compounds
    • 2.2.3 Cell Class and Plastic Pipe Material Code
  • 2.3 Gasket Materials
  • 2.4 Sources

  • 3.1 Notation
  • 3.2 Introduction
  • 3.3 Corrosion
    • 3.3.1 General Information
    • 3.3.2 External Corrosion
    • 3.3.3 Internal Corrosion
    • 3.3.4 PVC Pipe and Fittings
  • 3.4 Chemical Attack
    • 3.4.1 General Information
    • 3.4.2 Factors Affecting Resistance
    • 3.4.3 Oxidation
    • 3.4.4 PVC Pipe and Fittings
    • 3.4.5 Gaskets
  • 3.5 Permeation
  • 3.6 Biological Attack
    • 3.6.1 General Information
    • 3.6.2 System Components
      • 3.6.2.1 PVC Pipe and Fittings
      • 3.6.2.2 Gaskets
      • 3.6.2.3 Lubricants
    • 3.6.3 Types of Attack
      • 3.6.3.1 Tree Roots
      • 3.6.3.2 Insects
      • 3.6.3.3 Rodents
  • 3.7 Weathering
    • 3.7.1 UV Exposure
    • 3.7.2 Temperature Extremes
  • 3.8 Abrasion
  • 3.9 Soil Movement
  • 3.10 Repetitive Fatigue
  • 3.11 Sources

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Manufacturing of Solid-Wall Pipe
  • 4.3 Manufacturing of Profile-Wall Pipe
    • 4.3.1 Concentric or Annular Ribbed
    • 4.3.2 Dual-Wall Corrugated
    • 4.3.3 Helically Ribbed and Dual-Wall Closed Profile
  • 4.4 Manufacturing and Testing of Injection Molded PVC Fittings
    • 4.4.1 Manufacturing Process
    • 4.4.2 Testing
      • 4.4.2.1 Quality Control (QC) Tests
      • 4.4.2.2 Qualification Tests
      • 4.4.2.3 Quality Assurance (QA) Tests
  • 4.5 Manufacturing and Testing of Fabricated PVC Fittings
    • 4.5.1 Manufacturing Process
    • 4.5.2 Preparation of Segments
    • 4.5.3 Fabrication
      • 4.5.3.1 Welding
        • 4.5.3.1.1 Butt Fusion
        • 4.5.3.1.2 Solvent Welding
        • 4.5.3.1.3 Thermal Forming
    • 4.5.4 Fiberglass Overwrap
    • 4.5.5 Quality Test Requirements
  • 4.6 Standard Specifications
  • 4.7 Testing
    • 4.7.1 Qualification Testing
      • 4.7.1.1 Cell Classification Testing
      • 4.7.1.2 Health Effects Evaluation
      • 4.7.1.3 Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB) Testing
      • 4.7.1.4 Joining System Performance Testing
      • 4.7.1.5 Sustained Pressure Test
      • 4.7.1.6 Accelerated Regression Test
    • 4.7.2 Quality Control (QC) Testing
      • 4.7.2.1 Quality Control Inspection
        • 4.7.2.1.1 Proper Workmanship
        • 4.7.2.1.2 Dimensions
        • 4.7.2.1.3 Product Marking
        • 4.7.2.1.4 Product Packaging
      • 4.7.2.2 Quality Control Tests
        • 4.7.2.2.1 Quick Burst Test
        • 4.7.2.2.2 Extrusion Quality Tests
        • 4.7.2.2.3 Pipe Impact Test
        • 4.7.2.2.4 Flattening Test
        • 4.7.2.2.5 Pipe Stiffness Test
        • 4.7.2.2.6 Hydrostatic Proof Test
    • 4.7.3 Quality Assurance (QA) Testing
  • 4.8 Test Certification and Warranty
    • 4.8.1 Recognized Approval and Listing
    • 4.8.2 Manufacturer Warranty
  • 4.9 Packaging and Shipping
  • 4.10 Sources

  • 5.1 Notation
  • 5.2 Introduction
  • 5.3 PVC Pressure Pipe and Fittings Design
    • 5.3.1 The Stress Regression Line
    • 5.3.2 Hydrostatic Design Basis
    • 5.3.3 Short-Term Hydrostatic Strength
    • 5.3.4 Temperature Effects on Hydrostatic Strength
    • 5.3.5 Hydrostatic Strength of PVC Fittings
    • 5.3.6 Surge Pressure in PVC Pipe
      • 5.3.6.1 Occasional Surge Pressures
      • 5.3.6.2 Recurring Surges and Cyclic Design
      • 5.3.6.3 Common Surge-Control Techniques
  • 5.4 PVC Pressure Pipe and Fittings Standards
    • 5.4.1 Allowable Stress
    • 5.4.2 Sustained Pressure and Quick-Burst Capacities
    • 5.4.3 Short-Term Rating
    • 5.4.4 PVC Pressure Pipe Applications
    • 5.4.5 AWWA Pressure Pipe Design Approach
    • 5.4.6 AWWA Fabricated PVC Fittings
    • 5.4.7 AWWA C907 Molded Fittings
    • 5.4.8 ASTM Pressure Pipe Design Approach
  • 5.5 Design Examples
  • 5.6 PVC Pressure Pipe Longevity
  • 5.7 Sources

  • 6.1 Notation
  • 6.2 Introduction
  • 6.3 Earth Loads
  • 6.4 Live Loads
  • 6.5 AASHTO Design Method
  • 6.6 Design Software—External Load Design for Flexible Conduits
  • 6.7 Sources

  • 7.1 Notation
  • 7.2 Introduction
  • 7.3 Pipe Stiffness
    • 7.3.1 Definition
    • 7.3.2 Optimum Pipe Stiffness
  • 7.4 Soil/Structure Interaction
    • 7.4.1 Description
    • 7.4.2 Quantifying Soil/Structure Interaction
    • 7.4.3 Spangler’s Iowa Deflection Formula
    • 7.4.4 Watkins's Contribution to Deflection Calculation
    • 7.4.5 Modulus of Soil Reaction (Soil Stiffness)
    • 7.4.6 Deflection Lag Factor
  • 7.5 Deflection Calculation Examples
  • 7.6 Deflection Time Lag, Creep, and Stress Relaxation
  • 7.7 Empirical Methods
  • 7.8 Performance Limits
    • 7.8.1 Overview
    • 7.8.2 Stress Performance Limit
    • 7.8.3 Fatigue Performance Limit
    • 7.8.4 Reverse Curvature Performance Limit
    • 7.8.5 Longitudinal Bending Performance Limit
    • 7.8.6 Ring Buckling Performance Limit
    • 7.8.7 Localized Profile Buckling Performance Limit
    • 7.8.8 Wall-Crushing Performance Limit
    • 7.8.9 Strain Performance Limits
  • 7.9 Sewer Pipe Longevity
  • 7.10 Alternative Design Methods
    • 7.10.1 Watkins’s Soil Strain Theory
    • 7.10.2 AASHTO Design Method
    • 7.10.3 Finite Element Analysis
    • 7.10.4 ATV Method
    • 7.10.5 Zeta Correction Factor
  • 7.11 Sources

  • 8.1 Notation
  • 8.2 Changes in Direction
    • 8.2.1 Longitudinal Bending
      • 8.2.1.1 Bending Strain
      • 8.2.1.2 Bending Ovalization (Diametric or Ring Deflection)
    • 8.2.2 Axial Joint Deflection
  • 8.3 Support Spacing
  • 8.4 Expansion and Contraction
  • 8.5 Flotation
  • 8.6 Sources

  • 9.1 Notation
  • 9.2 Introduction to Hydraulics
    • 9.2.1 Flow Theories and Equations
    • 9.2.2 Hydraulic Radius
  • 9.3 Flow in PVC Pressure Pipe
    • 9.3.1 Hazen–Williams Flow Formula
    • 9.3.2 Darcy–Weisbach Formula
  • 9.4 Flow in PVC Nonpressure Pipe
  • 9.5 Sources

  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 Receiving, Storage, and Handling
    • 10.2.1 Receiving
      • 10.2.1.1 Inspection
      • 10.2.1.2 Unloading
    • 10.2.2 Storage
    • 10.2.3 Handling
    • 10.2.4 Lowering Pipe and Fittings into the Trench
  • 10.3 Joint Assembly
    • 10.3.1 Assembly of Pipe with Gasketed Joints
    • 10.3.2 Assembly of PVC Fittings with Gasketed Joints
    • 10.3.3 Assembly of Iron Fittings
  • 10.4 Field-Cutting and Chamfering
  • 10.5 Curvature of the Pipeline
    • 10.5.1 PVC Fittings
    • 10.5.2 Angular Joint Deflection
    • 10.5.3 Bending the Pipe Barrel
  • 10.6 Butt-Fused PVC Pipe
  • 10.7 Sources

  • 11.1 Notation
  • 11.2 Introduction
  • 11.3 PVC Pressure Pipe Installation—Overview
  • 11.4 Trench Construction
    • 11.4.1 Stockpiling Excavated Material
    • 11.4.2 Trench Width
    • 11.4.3 Dewatering
    • 11.4.4 Preparation of the Trench Bottom
    • 11.4.5 Laying of Pipe
    • 11.4.6 Thrust Restraints and Thrust Blocking
    • 11.4.7 Pipe Embedment
    • 11.4.8 Final Backfill
  • 11.5 Appurtenances
    • 11.5.1 Overview
    • 11.5.2 System Parts and Requirements
      • 11.5.2.1 Control Valves
      • 11.5.2.2 Relief Valves
      • 11.5.2.3 Fire Hydrants
      • 11.5.2.4 Fittings
    • 11.5.3 Appurtenance Installation
      • 11.5.3.1 Control Valves
      • 11.5.3.2 Relief Valves
      • 11.5.3.3 Fire Hydrants
      • 11.5.3.4 Fittings
      • 11.5.3.5 Thrust Restraint
      • 11.5.3.6 Service Connections
      • 11.5.3.7 Service Saddles
      • 11.5.3.8 Tapping Sleeves
      • 11.5.3.9 Tapped Couplings
  • 11.6 Direct Tapping
    • 11.6.1 Connecting Service Lines
  • 11.7 Procedures for Locating, Leak Detection, Grounding, and Thawing
    • 11.7.1 Locating Buried Pipelines
    • 11.7.2 Leak Detection
    • 11.7.3 Grounding Electrical Services
    • 11.7.4 Frozen Pipes
      • 11.7.4.1 Prevention
      • 11.7.4.2 Thawing Frozen Pipes
        • 11.7.4.2.1 Thawing Water Mains
        • 11.7.4.2.2 Thawing Service Lines
  • 11.8 Testing of the Pipe System
    • 11.8.1 Filling the Line
    • 11.8.2 Expelling Air from the Pipeline
    • 11.8.3 Acceptance Testing
  • 11.9 Disinfection of Potable Water Lines
  • 11.10 Sources

  • 12.1 Notation
  • 12.2 Introduction
  • 12.3 Trench Construction
    • 12.3.1 Minimum Trench Width
    • 12.3.2 Movable Sheeting, Trench Boxes, or Shields
    • 12.3.3 Dewatering
    • 12.3.4 Preparation of Trench Bottom
  • 12.4 Pipe Laying
    • 12.4.1 Bedding
    • 12.4.2 Haunching
    • 12.4.3 Initial Backfill
    • 12.4.4 Final Backfill
    • 12.4.5 Embedment Materials
      • 12.4.5.1 Class I Materials
      • 12.4.5.2 Class II Materials
      • 12.4.5.3 Class III Materials
      • 12.4.5.4 Class IV Materials
    • 12.4.6 Migration
    • 12.4.7 Embedment Compaction
    • 12.4.8 Common Trenches
    • 12.4.9 Sewers on Steep Slopes
    • 12.4.10 Recommended Embedment Densities
  • 12.5 System Components
    • 12.5.1 Fittings
    • 12.5.2 Service Lines
    • 12.5.3 Pipe Caps and Plugs
    • 12.5.4 Risers
    • 12.5.5 Manholes and Junctions
  • 12.6 Inspection and Testing of the Pipe System
    • 12.6.1 Precleaning
    • 12.6.2 Visual Inspection
    • 12.6.3 Leakage Testing
      • 12.6.3.1 Air Testing
      • 12.6.3.2 Infiltration/Exfiltration Testing
    • 12.6.4 Deflection Testing
  • 12.7 Sources

  • 13.1 Notation
  • 13.2 Introduction
  • 13.3 Joining Methods
    • 13.3.1 Internally Restrained Gasketed Joint
    • 13.3.2 Pin-and-Groove Gasketed Joint
    • 13.3.3 Spline-Lock Gasketed Joint
    • 13.3.4 Butt-Fused Joint
  • 13.4 Trenchless Construction—Casings
    • 13.4.1 Casing Spacers
    • 13.4.2 Pulling Pipe through Casings
    • 13.4.3 Pushing Pipe through Casings (Jacking)
    • 13.4.4 Filling or Grouting the Annular Space
  • 13.5 Trenchless Construction—Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
    • 13.5.1 Preliminary Investigation
      • 13.5.1.1 Utility Location Survey
      • 13.5.1.2 Geotechnical Survey
    • 13.5.2 Installation Overview
    • 13.5.3 Installation Details
      • 13.5.3.1 Roller Stands or Timbers
      • 13.5.3.2 Pilot Holes
      • 13.5.3.3 Reaming the Pilot Hole
      • 13.5.3.4 Drilling Fluids
      • 13.5.3.5 Pullback
    • 13.5.4 Design Considerations
  • 13.6 Trenchless Rehabilitation—Sliplining
    • 13.6.1 Overview
    • 13.6.2 Design Considerations
      • 13.6.2.1 Loading
      • 13.6.2.2 Annular Space
    • 13.6.3 Installation
      • 13.6.3.1 Segmental Sliplining
      • 13.6.3.2 Continuous Sliplining
      • 13.6.3.3 Pulling Heads
      • 13.6.3.4 Installation Pits
  • 13.7 Trenchless Rehabilitation—Pipe Bursting
    • 13.7.1 Overview
    • 13.7.2 Size Considerations
    • 13.7.3 Types of Pipe Bursting
  • 13.8 Trenchless Rehabilitation—Tight Fit Structural Liners
    • 13.8.1 Overview
    • 13.8.2 Pressure Pipe Example: Fusible PVC Tight Fit Liner
    • 13.8.3 Nonpressure Pipe Example: Folded PVC Tight Fit Liner
  • 13.9 Sources

  • 14.1 Notation
  • 14.2 Introduction
  • 14.3 Raw Materials
    • 14.3.1 Pipe Materials
    • 14.3.2 Gasket Materials
  • 14.4 Manufacturing
    • 14.4.1 Continuous Process
    • 14.4.2 Batch Process
  • 14.5 Standards and Testing
  • 14.6 PVCO Pressure Pipe Design and Selection
    • 14.6.1 The Stress Regression Line
    • 14.6.2 Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB)
    • 14.6.3 Short-Term Hydrostatic Strength
    • 14.6.4 Temperature Effects on Hydrostatic Strength
    • 14.6.5 Surge Pressures in PVCO Pipe
      • 14.6.5.1 Occasional Surge Pressure (Pos )
      • 14.6.5.2 Recurring Surge Pressure (Prs) and Cyclic Design
  • 14.7 External Loads
    • 14.7.1 Superimposed Loads
    • 14.7.2 Buried Pipe Design
  • 14.8 Installation-Specific Design Applications
    • 14.8.1 Longitudinal Bending
    • 14.8.2 Support Spacing
    • 14.8.3 Thermal Expansion and Contraction
    • 14.8.4 Buoyancy (Flotation)
  • 14.9 Hydraulics
  • 14.10 Installation
    • 14.10.1 General Construction
    • 14.10.2 Pressure Pipe Installation
    • 14.10.3 Nonpressure Pipe Installation
    • 14.10.4 Trenchless Construction
  • 14.11 Sources

 

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