Why Low-Density Cellular Concrete Is the Best Solution for Pipeline Fills and Void Fills

Our most recent blog post outlined the advantages and applications of Low Density Cellular Concrete (LDCC) for engineered fill and engineered flowable fill projects. LDCC (also known as flowable fill or cellular grout) is lightweight, low-density, and highly flowable, making it a quick, permanent, and affordable solution for pipeline fills and void fills.

In pipeline construction, applications for LDCC can include abandonment fills, annular fills for sliplined pipes, and fills between both a pipe and a tunnel cut as well as pipe and a cribbed excavations. Other void fill applications include sinkholes, sealing settlement voids under slabs, and voids created by fill material washouts.

Abandoned pipelines

Construction code mandates that unused pipes cannot be simply abandoned–they must be either removed or filled. Removing abandoned pipes can be both time-consuming and expensive, which is why engineered fill is often the best solution. Using LDCC, the Nettles team can fill pipelines quickly and easily. We can pump the substance from over 1,000 feet away, and the pipe fill flows very easily and fills a lot of space, while still being significantly lighter than other flowable fills.

For abandoned pipelines, Elastizell’s LDCC flowable fill offers several advantages. LDCC:

  • Eliminates surface trenching and disruption.
  • Reduces dead load and settlement.
  • Since no compacting is required, workers are safely out of the excavation during void filling.
  • Complete void filling is verified by the volumes and density of the LDCC placed.
  • Engineered fill is easily removed when necessary.
  • The speed of installation is an economical method for filling voids.
  • Longer fill runs may be achieved in pipeline fills including positive erosion void filling due to its flowability.
  • Flows into areas where it would be difficult to compact granular fills

Pipeline Voids

Pipe Fills often refer specifically to filling an abandoned pipe. But engineered fill can also be used to fill the space between pipes, or between pipes and other materials. This is called pipe void fills, or pipeline void fills. When adding a sliplined pipe, for example (a pipe within a pipe), it is necessary to use an annular fill to take up the space between the inner and outer pipe. For sliplined pipelines, LDCC completely fills annular spaces and stabilizes the liner pipe, along with reducing filing pressures due to its low density and high flowability.

For more information about how the team at Nettles can help with your pipeline and void fill projects, contact an expert today.