Paper No. 99172 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.Discussions are open until October 1, 2001.
ARTICULATED CONCRETE BLOCK STABILITY TESTING1
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 27–34, February 2001
How to Cite
Abt, S. R., Leech, J. R., Thornton, C. I. and Lipscomb, C. M. (2001), ARTICULATED CONCRETE BLOCK STABILITY TESTING. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 37: 27–34. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2001.tb05472.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
- articulated blocks;
- testing protocol;
- concrete blocks.)
ABSTRACT: An articulated concrete block revetment system was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to test and evaluate the practicability of the protocols for overtopping and channelized flow conditions. Test facilities were constructed, prototype articulated concrete blocks were fabricated and installed into the facilities, and the blocks were tested using the established protocols. The test results indicated that both the overtopping and channel flow tests yielded similar results: the blocks reached a point of instability at approximately the same velocity and shear stresses. The similar test results indicate that only one protocol is required to evaluate an articulated concrete block system. It was demonstrated that both protocols can be effectively conducted. It is recommended that the overtopping test be adapted as a standard test procedure because of its reduced construction costs and its efficiency compared to the channelized test.