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In this report the results of the experimental activities conducted in the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) of the Joint Research Centre as a part of the project Age-Variant Seismic Structural Reliability of Existing Underground Water Pipelines (SEISLINES) are described. In particular, the report provides the results of the task 5 of the project.

The tests were conducted on straight segments of asbestos cement pipes, embedded in a volume of dry sand of well-known mechanical properties. Each segment had two 3 m long pipe elements connected by a standard steel joint. Two segments were tested at the same time, one in virgin (un-deteriorated) conditions, the other having been chemically treated to reproduce the effects of the exposure to sulphate.

A description of the test set-up is provided. Details of the artificial chemical deterioration procedure are given. The proportions of the sand used in the experiments are reported. Finally, the results of the test are described, with a preliminary interpretation.

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Authors: NEGRO P ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20520 EN (2002), 37pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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