Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Civil Engineering interview questions and answers - part 4

17. Explain why concrete barriers have curved surface profiles?

Ans:The concrete safety fencings are made to contain vehicles in their carriageway being travelled so as to reduce the chances of rebounding into the roads leading to more hazards. In the case of normal fencings upon vehicle crashes the fencings give away so as to absorb as much energy as possible henceforth reducing the impact on the vehicles. But in the case of concrete barriers their purpose is not to absorb energy of vehicles crashing into the barrier but to retain them. They have a curved design so as to allow the vehicles that hit them to slightly go up on the barrier but not overturn. They also prevent the vehicle from again getting back on the road by rebounds. This helps in vastly reducing the chances of other vehicle hazards.

18. Why is the use of granular sub-base in concrete carriageways not preferred, explain?

Ans:Some of the reasons why granular sub-base is not preferred in concrete carriageways:
Sub bases are permeable and hence water can seep through them easily. The soil particles get pumped out through the joints on the application of traffic loads. This results in the creation of voids underneath the pavement structure. This leads to the weakening of the concrete surface and it can crack easily upon intense traffic loads.
=> Instead if lean concrete is used for carriageways it greatly increases the strength of the roads and the load carrying capacity of the roads is increased.
=> Sub-bases implementation requires a lot of workmanship which can lead to an un-uniform distribution of the sub-base. This can lead to the cracking of the carriageway when there is severe traffic loading.

19. Why are separation membranes used between concrete pavement slab and sub-base?

Ans:The purpose of separation membrane between the concrete pavement slab and the sub-base are as follows:=> The separation membrane reduces the frictional forces between the concrete slabs and the sub-base. The membrane aids the movement of the concrete slab in reference to the sub-base when changes in the level of the moisture and temperature occurs.
=> It aids in the segregation of sub-base materials from freshly placed concrete.
=> The separation membrane also helps in the reduction of cement and water loss in the form of immature concrete
=>Immature concrete greatly affects the strength of the concrete. It also affects the durability of it. 
=>A good example of a separation membranes is polythene sheeting which is commonly used.

20. In the roof of a pumping station explain briefly the components of a waterproofing system.

Ans:The components of a typical waterproofing system on the roof of a pumping station are as follows:=> Right above the structural finish level of the roof ( concrete ) a uniform thickness screed is applied so as to facilitate the application of the waterproofing membrane. The surface provide for the membrane should always possess good cohesion properties and must be thin so as to prevent any un-uniformity. This thin layer also acts as a layer of thermal insulation.
=> Right above this layer the waterproofing membrane is deployed to secure the water tightness of the roof.
=> In order to enhance the thermal insulation of the roof an insulation board is sometime placed right above the waterproof membrane. The insulation board helps in the maintenance of a stable temperature in both weathers.

21. During reclamation how can the occurrence of mud waves can be rectified?

Ans:There are several solution to the rectification of the problem of mud waves:
=> Complete removal of all the disturbed mud: This method can be considered to be one of the fastest methods. As soon as the disturbed mud is removed some filling material is used to replace the disturbed mud. But economically this method can be expensive as compared to others.
=> Accelerated consolidation of disturbed mud: In this method surcharging loads are placed on top of the mud waves. Along with this band drains are installed to accelerate the consolidation process. This method is quite slow compared to the other methods.
=> Partial removal of the disturbed mud: This method is the hybrid of the above two methods where the top layer is removed whereas the lower level is treated with the surcharging process.

22. In reclamation works what are the importance of geotextiles and sand?

Ans:The primary purposes of geotextiles and sand in reclamation works are as follows:=> Geotextiles: They are used to separate the marine mud from the reclamation fill. Also geotextiles are used as reinforcements in reclamation processes to increase its stability. It is still debated as to whether the usage of geotextiles is better or are the old processes followed are better as the performance has not been comparable to the conventional methods.
=> Sand: In reclamation process sand is used to spread the load of any future public dumps placed on top of it. Sand also acts as a drainage for the excess pore water pressure of band drain installations.


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