Material and Construction Optimization for Prevention of Premature Pavement Distress in PCC Pavements, September 2004

(2004) Material and Construction Optimization for Prevention of Premature Pavement Distress in PCC Pavements, September 2004. Iowa State University

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Abstract

The chemistry of today’s concrete mixture designs is complicated by many variables, including multiple sources of aggregate and cements and a plethora of sometimes incompatible mineral and chemical admixtures. Concrete paving has undergone significant changes in recent years as new materials have been introduced into concrete mixtures. Supplementary cementitious materials such as fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag are now regularly used. In addition, many new admixtures that were not even available a few years ago now have widespread usage. Adding to the complexity are construction variables such as weather, mix delivery times, finishing practices, and pavement opening schedules. Mixture materials, mix design, and pavement construction are not isolated steps in the concrete paving process. Each affects and is affected by the other in ways that determine overall pavement quality and long-term performance. Equipment and procedures commonly used to test concrete materials and concrete pavements have not changed in decades, leaving serious gaps in our ability to understand and control the factors that determine concrete durability. The concrete paving community needs tests that will adequately characterize the materials, predict interactions, and monitor the properties of the concrete.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Cement, Concrete, Pavement, Pavement Distress, PCC
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Concrete
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
ID Code: 2954
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2005
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/2954

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