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Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

(OP)
How long will it take for concrete caisson to develop enough strength to resist vibrations caused by train traffic?

RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

How close is the train traffic to the caisson?

RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

(OP)
Caissons are between the tracks and contractor work during night hours when train traffic stops

RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

Usually if the distance is somewhere around 3 times the diameter of the pile or caisson, there is little or no effect from vibration. As a precaution I would suggest high early strength concrete and a wait time of about 12 hours.

RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

(OP)
Thanks Ron
They have only three hours window between pouring concrete and train service starts. Use of high early concrete is not permitted.

RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

gosai - I concur with Ron's statement that vibration from rail traffic is usually not a problem. As a former bridge contractor, we did several projects adjacent to railroads. Some of it over main lines with 20+ trains per day. No caissons, but plenty of other work that could be considered vulnerable to vibration damage. No problems or other issues.

You have taken care of the most important item... no rail traffic during or immediately after concrete placement. IMHO, proceed with the project and don't worry about it. Concrete is much "tougher" and resistant to abuse than is commonly predicted by theory.

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RE: Freshly Poured Concrete and Vibrations

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Thank you so much to Ron and SlideRuleEra for sharing your knowledge and experience. This will help me a lot to continue our work.

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