Integrity of ductile iron pipe installed by horizontal drilling

S. T. Ariaratnam, R. W. Bonds, D. W. Crabtree

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The introduction of restrained joint ductile iron is rapidly gaining acceptance as an alternative pipe material for municipal engineering applications using horizontal directional drilling. The boltless restrained connection offers flexibility, ease of assembly, and positive restraint against endwise axial separation due to pulling during trenchless installations. This paper discusses the results of a field testing programme to evaluate the performance of restrained joint ductile iron pipe installed by horizontal directional drilling. The main area of concern is the potential corrosive effects on the pipe from the bentonite-based drilling fluid used in the installation. The research involved assessment of the installation durability and effectiveness of two combinations of externally applied, loose wrapped, polyethylene encasement to provide a protective barrier. Observations found that employing 0·02 mm linear low-density polyethylene encasement provided excellent protection to the ductile iron pipe against corrosion from drilling fluid and soils with low resistivities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2007


  • field testing & monitoring
  • materials technology
  • pipes & pipelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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