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NCHRP Project 24-13

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NCHRP Project 24-13
Project Details
Location: Throughout US
Client: D'Appolonia Engineers for National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Client Contact: Dr. James Withiam, 412 - 856-9440

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Since the early 1970’s transportation agencies have been using prestressed ground anchors (strands and bars), soil nails, and rock bolts for the construction and repair of foundations and retaining walls, and for supporting excavated and natural soil and rock slopes.  The condition of aging existing systems is uncertain since the anticipated service life for these systems is approximately 50 years, and because, generally, elements have not been inspected due to difficult access. As part of a cooperative research effort, McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers, P.C. (ERTesting’s Parent Company), D’Appolonia Engineers, and the University at Buffalo developed a recommended practice that addresses the challenges associated with access, and provides a valuable tool for condition assessment and estimating remaining service life for these systems (see NCHRP Project 24-13 “Evaluation of Metal Tensioned Systems in Geotechnical Engineering”). The recommended practice includes a suite of non-destructive and invasive tests that can be conducted on elements installed underground to assess their condition.

The protocol and recommended practice were applied to a number of field studies as part of NCHRP 24-13. Since the project was completed, the test methods have been implemented on projects for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (see the above photograph), the province of New Brunswick Department of Supply and Services, and to collect performance data for NCHRP Project 24-28.  

Related Documents

Condition Assessment of Buried Metal-Tensioned Elements - This paper describes application of NDT for condition assessment of rock bolts, ground anchors, soil nails, tie-backs and tie-downs.
A Recommended Practice for Condition Assessment of Ground Anchors and Soil Nails - Proceedings of the Conference Sponsord by ADSC "Geo Construction Quality Assurance/Quality Control"

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