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Would pipe ramming increase the vertical soil loads on installed pipes?

Consider a certain cross section along the line of pipe ramming. When the pipe is rammed close to the cross section, the horizontal and vertical soil pressure would increase owing to the effect of soil compaction brought about by dynamic ramming operation. Upon reaching the cross section, soil pressure is redistributed around the pipe such that the vertical pressure above the pipes is reduced while the vertical pressure in pipe abutment locations is increased. When the pipe is advanced further, the load on pipes tend to increase owing to reorientation of soils around pipe wall. Finally, when the pipe is rammed some distance away from the cross section, a stable state is achieved in which there is smaller earth pressure on the pipe’s top and higher vertical soil pressure on soils at both sides of the pipe.


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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