ASTM standard supports synthetic fiber for concrete pipe, culvert

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshocken, Pa.; CP staff

The forthcoming ASTM C1818, Specification for Rigid Synthetic Fiber Reinforced Concrete Culvert, Storm Drain and Sewer Pipe, describes a companion approach to conventional reinforcement in at- or below-grade structures. Developed by ASTM C13 Committee on Concrete Pipe, it recognizes time-dependent properties that require testing of synthetic fiber above and beyond what would be typical for steel reinforced concrete drainage products.

“The standard ensures the engineer that the producer of synthetic fiber reinforced concrete pipe has performed due diligence in manufacturing and testing to ensure a strong and long-term product,” affirms C13 member Ali Abolmaali of the University of Texas. Engineers who work in the drainage industry, along with structure or system producers are the most likely C1818 users, he adds. — ASTM Customer Relations, 877/909-2786; [email protected]