Debris Control Structures - Evaluation and Countermeasures

Debris Control Structures - Evaluation and Countermeasures : Third Edition

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Debris accumulation at culvert and bridge structures openings is a widespread problem. The accumulation of debris at inlets of highway culverts and bridge structures is a frequent cause of unsatisfactory performance and malfunction. This accumulation may result in erosion at culvert entrances, overtopping and failure of roadway embankments and damage to adjacent properties, increased local scour at piers and/or abutments, and the formation of pressure flow scour. Consideration of debris accumulations and the need for debris-control structures should be an essential part of the design of all drainage structures. Structural and non-structural measures have been used effectively to prevent or reduce the size of debris accumulations at bridges and culverts. Structural measures can include features that: (a) intercept debris at or upstream of a structure inlet; (b) deflect debris near the inlet; or (c) orient the debris to facilitate passage of the debris through the structure. Non-structural measures include management of the upstream watershed and maintenance. This publication provides measures for both culvert and bridge structures. The measures available for culverts are based on the information included in earlier editions of this manual. Selection of a certain debris countermeasure depends upon the size, quantity, and type of debris, the potential hazard to life and property, the costs involved, and the maintenance proposed.
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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 10mm | 435g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508680574
  • 9781508680574