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What is the function of waterstops in joints of box culverts and drainage channels?

This is a very tricky question and you will hardly find a different answer than mentioned below when you go for a search in Google. However, after doing a detailed search I found that there are no different answer than mentioned below in many of the engineering sites written by experts. The principal function of waterstops is to prevent liquids (e.g. water), water-borne materials and solids to pass through concrete joints. In essence, it aims at providing watertightness to the drainage channel. Besides, waterstops in drainage channels or box culverts can also serve two other purposes: to avoid water contacting…