Engineered Conservation Structures using Discarded Tires

Donald C. Slack, Guillermo Garcia, Robert Roth, Stuart Hoenig, Rafael Segovia, Refugio Soto, Arturo Frayre

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Abstract

We have developed ways to utilize discarded tires for erosion control structures, bank stabilization and slope stabilization and erosion control in the form of engineered structures for each of these applications. This paper also describes and illustrates a channel erosion control structure made entirely from individual tires used to form side walls, wing walls and aprons for the structure. In this case the individual tires were bound together with nylon rope to form a flexible structure. This structure was built in a ephemeral wash (gully) on a local ranch near Tucson, AZ and has been in place for over ten years. More recently, engineers from the University of Arizona and the Technological Institute of Nogales (ITN) collaborated on a demonstration project on the ITN campus to construct retaining walls for steep slopes and use arrays of individual tires for slope stabilization on gentler slopes. For the retaining wall, tires were stacked on a footing and anchored to the footing via a reinforcing rod running up through the tires. The individual columns of tires were then tied together and the rod anchored to the soil mass behind the wall using a "duck-bill" anchor and cable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Conference on 21st Century Watershed Technology
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Water Quality and Environment 2008
Pages163-170
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventConference on 21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment 2008 - Concepcion, Chile
Duration: Mar 29 2008Apr 3 2008

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Conference on 21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment 2008

Other

OtherConference on 21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment 2008
CountryChile
CityConcepcion
Period3/29/084/3/08

Keywords

  • Conservation structures
  • Erosion control structures
  • Used tires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Water Science and Technology

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    Slack, D. C., Garcia, G., Roth, R., Hoenig, S., Segovia, R., Soto, R., & Frayre, A. (2008). Engineered Conservation Structures using Discarded Tires. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Conference on 21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment 2008 (pp. 163-170). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Conference on 21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment 2008).