Nashville Annular Space Grouting

Nashville Annular Space Grouting

Nashville, Tennessee

The Job

This Nashville annular space grouting project is located at Nashville’s Central WWTP, which is undergoing extensive improvements to provide service to a growing population.

The Challenge

As part of an upgrade, 400LF of 66″ pipe was slip lined. Once the carrier pipe was selected, the space around its 57.1″ OD needed to be filled.

The Solution

CJGeo proposed using CJFill-ST at 45lb/cuft for this Nashville annular space grouting project. CJFill-ST is batched onsite directly from bulk cement, eliminating supply chain issues with ready mix.

Because the selected CJFill-ST only weigh 45lb/cuft, buoyancy control of the new carrier is simple. By filling it with water, it won’t float during grouting. This allowed CJGeo to grout the entire annulus in a single lift. Single lift grouting significantly reduces the likelihood of partial fills, fouled injection tubing, or trapped voids.

A CJGeo crew placed the 87CY of CJFill-ST in less than an hour to perform this Nashville annular space grouting project. CJFill-ST can be made two ways; wet batch or dry batch. With wet batch, a ready mix truck brings the base slurry to the site, and the foam is either added to the truck, or injected downstream of a pump. For dry batch generation, which was used here, a mobile batch plant mixes the cement and water onsite. The mixing quality using dry batch is significantly better than wet batch.

This project had a relatively high compressive strength requirement due to new foundation installation adjacent to the slip lined pipe. With cellular concrete, there are two ways to increase compressive strength–increase the cement content by increasing the density, or increasing the quality of the mix. Since annular space grouting projects are very sensitive to carrier pipe buoyancy control, increasing mix quality is a better option than increasing density. CJGeo’s three mobile batch plants all use high shear colloidal mixing. Colloidally generated material can have 28 day strengths up to two times ready mix batched material at the same density & cement content.

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