Drainage pipe from scrap truck tires

Jess W. Everett, J. L. Gattis, Ben Wallace

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Truck-tire pipes are made by cutting the bead and sidewall from 40 heavy truck tires. Eighty bead/sidewalls are stacked, compressed to eight feet (2.4 m), and held in place with #3 rebars wrapped length-wise around the pipe walls at 90 degree intervals and welded. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the truck-tire pipe in drainage applications using site inspections, experimental tests, and theoretical analyses. Truck-tire pipes have both advantages and limitations compared to conventional drainage pipes. Parallel plate loading tests indicate that truck-tire pipes meet stiffness requirements. In fact, truck-tire pipes maintain acceptable stiffness over a wide range of deflection. Corrosion analysis of pipe rebars indicates that the pipes may have long lifetimes, even in corrosive soils. The main limitations are the higher cost of installation and the potential for soil erosion through joints. The later problem can be addressed by carefully installing joint wrap and, perhaps, using a wider wrap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of resource management and technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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