# Fill tall pole with concrete - cure?

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 7:44 pm

I'll go along with that experiment. But you can't make the conclusions, let alone explain them, before you conduct the experiment.
The pipe is a beam, 8 feet from support to support. The exterior diameter is 3 inches. The wall thickness is the same in both. We'll use schedule 40 because that's the example I think I can get.
One pipe is empty and is referred to as "empty"; the other pipe is filled with cured concrete and is called "filled".
The deflection in either case is hard to measure when we are only using the weight of the pipe itself to cause the deflection. However, I can stand on the center of the pipe. I weigh 211 pounds. (If the experiment is conducted without me, someone else can substitute.)
In the filled pipe, there will be small deflection. It would even be hard to measure with regular rulers.
In the empty pipe, there will be considerable, easily noticeable and measurable deflection.
There will be more deflection in the empty pipe than in the filled pipe.
You disagree with my last 3 paragraphs. Correct? Now, all we have to do is find an acceptable way to do this experiment. We need someone impartial to judge, and perhaps you want to put some money on this?
Well, I don't want to be rude. If you don't want to bet, that's okay. But the loser should have to do something.
-- (||) Nehmo (||)

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:00 am
Nehmo Sergheyev wrote:

The scenario is the self-weight only, no applied load.
Matt

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 4:53 am

Why would you be afraid of a little weight? Weight is the force that is going to make the pipe deflect. Besides, as I said, the deflection of filled pipe is going to be hard to measure if we only use the weight of the beam. We have to measure relative stiffness, you know.
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• posted on April 28, 2007, 7:32 pm

Ahhh, that explains a lot. Book learnt but no experience. For your information, a hole in the ground is where you can pour a foundation, your butt is just above your legs. You will have to know the difference when you get out into the real world.

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 7:46 pm

That was rude, and unnecessary.<PLONK>

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 8:38 pm

It's not something I would have wrote, but it's not that horrible. If that's the level you plonk at, you're going to be doing a lot of plonking. Glenn didn't name call, threaten, or even swear. Indeed, he was trying to avoid directly saying Matt doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.
And if you'll notice, Matt, in different ways, is rude a lot himself. For example, he's paraphrasing me incorrectly in this very thread. He's pretending there's some third party reading his post by itself. I suppose If they were to do that, they might be inclined to side with him. It's vary irritating, and he knows it. When you respond to Matt, the first thing you have to do, time and time again, is attempt to correct what he claims you said.
Now, that's enough of that. The issue is simply whether a concrete- filled steel pipe is stiffer than one that is empty. I say it is. Matt and Bob, amazingly, disagree with me.
Glenn was trying to explain how Matt could possibly be thinking this way. I've been wondering myself. Anybody who's had any real-world experience with a concrete-filled tube knows it's stiff. Thus, Matt must not have any experience of this nature.
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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:04 am
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I can and I do, as you say. Newsgroups are like the first hockey tryout with 50 skaters on the ice. You don't (can't) pick out the good ones, it takes too much time. The cuts are quicker and easier to see and make. When the crowd is gone you can focus on qualities of individuals.
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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:06 am
Nehmo Sergheyev wrote:

Show one place where I paraphrased you incorrectly. Just one example.

Let me see ... Bob is a PE and SE with many years of experience. I'm a PE and nearly complete with a graduate degree in SE (need to complete the final capstone project). And your credentials are???

Amazing that you can make this claim when you don't even know the difference between strength and stiffness.
Matt

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:02 am
Michael Bulatovich wrote:

Michael, don't sweat it. People of his IQ say dumb things all the time.
Matt

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:08 am

Plonking requires no sweat, and this is not a question about IQ. It's about EQ.
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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:58 am
Michael Bulatovich wrote:

:-), yes, very true!

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 12:01 am
Glenn wrote:

From the mouths of babes...

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• posted on April 29, 2007, 3:17 pm

The phrase, "pearls of wisdom can come from the mouths of babes, fools, and drunks", which is often used elliptically as you did, means that something said my someone uncorrupted or uninhibited is true. Thus, in the context you used it, you are saying what Glenn said is true. In other words, you are agreeing you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. -- (||) Nehmo (||)

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 12:07 am
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<g> Ah, but there's the rub: the antenna is designed for a certain sized pole (usually 4") so you are not going ot get something bigger in there without a lot of work.

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• posted on April 27, 2007, 6:04 pm

Several years ago I filled a basketball pole with concrete. I put a 5/8" rebar down the center and then poured in the concrete. It was an improvement but it didn't make it as strong as I had imagined that it would. Concrete cures by chemical reaction so it doesn't matter if the mix is inside a pipe or under water - it will still cure.

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 2:24 am
Mike Hammer wrote:

The rebar on the pipe centerline was just wasted metal.
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• posted on April 28, 2007, 11:17 am
Snip:
The concrete fill of a thin wall tube, i.e.: a pipe pile or lally column increases resistance to buckling in compression and bending failure in the case of piles exposed to lateral loads, other than that, it just adds mass.
Tom

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 1:06 pm
Tom Cular wrote:

And it really only helps in bending failure when buckling is the failure mode.
Matt

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• posted on April 28, 2007, 2:14 pm

I WAS having problems with the pole regarding buckling and bending failure until I gave it some Viagra. Now it is stiff, straight, and hard.
Hey! Who painted the smiley face on the backboard? (-;

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• posted on May 1, 2007, 1:19 pm
The results are in!
I filled my 10 ft. high 3 inch schedule 80 pipe with concrete (3 ft. is underground, total pipe length 13 ft.).
Scientific results:
Before filled with concrete: I would tap on the top of the pipe with my hand and the pipe would "wiggle". And it would continue to "wiggle" back and forth for 10 seconds or more.
After filled with concrete: I tap on the top of the pipe with my hand and the pipe "moves" just a little and stops moving after about a second.
So this is very good for my motorized 12 ft. wire mesh satellite dish antenna. These things point at satellites 25,000 miles up in the sky. Needless to say, they need to be aimed extremely accurately. 1/8 inch in aiming can make the difference in being able to lock in a satellite or not (with some of the weaker satellites). And prior to concrete filling, I would guess the pipe was wiggling 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch back and forth.
So having the wind blow on the dish and making it "wiggle" constantly would not be a good thing.
As to the size of the pipe, my dish has a mounting collar for this size pipe.
I left a 10 ft. length of 1/2" rebar in the concrete in the pole. I basically used this along with hammering the side of the pole to get the concrete to "settle" while pouring. I would slide the rebar up and down inside the pole. And hammer on the sides of the pole with a hammer.
Then I just left the rebar inside the pole when I was done with this. I don't think there is any need for the rebar in the concrete??? But I would have had no other use for it, so might as well leave it in the pole...
Anyway "wiggle" problem solved.
And I love the internet! Ask a question and get all sorts of technical discussion. Another interesting thing for you engineering types would be a "tuned mass damper" for my satellite pole! Info on tuned mass dampers... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuned_mass_damper

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