Rubber Buffings for Bridge Approach Expansion Joints, MLR-01-01, 2001

(2001) Rubber Buffings for Bridge Approach Expansion Joints, MLR-01-01, 2001. Transportation, Department of


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Many of the bridges in the state of Iowa have type ‘CF’, ‘EE’, or ‘EF’ expansion joints installed in the bridge approach slabs. These joints, which are typically 4” wide, are currently filled with a foam expansion joint material that is covered with a sealant. Over time the sealant begins to pull off of the walls of the joint and it ultimately fails. The joint, which is now exposed to the weather, is then filled with water and solids. The foam joint material, which is lighter than water, floats out of the joint onto the highway. This foam resembles a large 4” X 6” plank and poses a threat to motorists. A possible solution to this problem would be to replace the foam material with rubber buffings. Rubber buffings are a by-product of the tire retread industry.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Bridges, Expansion joints, Reclaimed rubber, Rubber Buffings
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Bridges and tunnels
Transportation > Research
ID Code: 15999
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2014 13:17
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2015 14:35