Is reinforcement necessary in thrust blocks?

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In normal situation, reinforcement is not required for thrust blocks in pressurized pipelines. However, certain amount of reinforcement has to be added in thrust blocks in the following situations:

(i) The structure integrity of huge thrust block could be enhanced by the introduction of reinforcement.

(ii) At the anchorages for straps in thrust blocks, some reinforcement has to be designed to avoid the development of tensile stresses.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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