Pipe bursting can be used to replace pipes without using open trench methods. Pipe bursting is accomplished by pulling a bursting device through the existing pipe. This device by virtue of its size or its radial expansion ability (depending on the type) shatters the old pipe and forces the fragments into the surrounding soil. The new pipe is usually attached to the bursting device and is thus pulled into place as the device advances.
Fact Sheet ID Number
underground infrastructure, pipe bursting, pipe replacment, trench
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Pipe Bursting" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 104.