We are looking at lining an existing 20 ft (6.1 m) diameter brick sewer with shotcrete that is 15 in. (0.4 m) or more thick and fairly heavily reinforced. Can this be done? The existing sewer is about 3 mi (4.8 km) long and 100 years old. Would shotcrete be a suitable method of rehabilitation? The rehabilitation is not just a liner, but the owner wants the shotcrete designed as a replacement pipe inside the existing brick sewer, designed for all earth and other superimposed loads as though the brick sewer were not there.
Yes, this can and should be done in shotcrete. Shotcrete has been used to successfully line brick sewers for 75 years. Shotcrete has been used to line over $40 million worth of brick sewers in Atlanta alone. Large brick sewers have been lined with shotcrete in most of the major midwestern cities. All of them were designed using the existing sewer as a one-sided form. Properly designed and constructed, shotcrete will provide the owner with a new concrete pipe or permanent tunnel lining and the associated expected longevity.
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