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Jul 14, 2016

Earthquake-Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe, Valve, and Hydrant System

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Half the United States’ population lives in an area of moderate to high risk of seismic activity. Buried water lines are doubly important following a seismic event. Water is the first defense against fires, a major cause of additional destruction following an earthquake. Water is also essential for public health and the sustenance of life. We can exist without power for days, and many have done so, but when our supply of clean water is interrupted, we must soon restore it. This paper presents a new joint assembly for fire hydrants, valves, and ductile iron pipe that provides for longitudinal joint expansion and contraction within limits of positive restraint, and radial joint deflection. Performance characteristics of the joint assembly will be noted and discussed; the performance of ductile iron pipe, valves, and fire hydrants during seismic activity will be presented; and a video showing joint functionality will be included.

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Pipelines 2016
Pages: 1061 - 1071

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Published online: Jul 14, 2016

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Maury D. Gaston, M.ASCE [email protected]
M.AWWA A21, Chair Sub-committee, Manager of Marketing Services, AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe and AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe, Divisions of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, P. O. Box 2727, Birmingham, AL 35202. E-mail: [email protected]
Ryan S. Ratcliffe [email protected]
Western Area Manager, AMERICAN Flow Control, a Division of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, 9149 Moondancer Circle, Roseville, CA 95747. E-mail: [email protected]

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