Permeability of Granular Subbase Materials, MLR-90-4, 1991

(1991) Permeability of Granular Subbase Materials, MLR-90-4, 1991. Transportation, Department of


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The purpose of this research was to evaluate the materials Iowa uses as a granular subbase and to determine if it provides adequate drainage. Numerous laboratory and in-situ tests were conducted on the materials currently being used in Iowa. The follow conclusions can be made based on the test results: 1. The crushed concrete that is used as a subbase material has a relatively low permeability compared to many other materials used by other states. 2. Further research and tests are needed to find the necessary parameters for crushed concrete to make sure it is providing its optimum drainage and preventing premature damage of the pavement. 3. We have definitely made improvements in drainage in the past few months, but there are many areas that we can improve on that will increase the permeability of this material and insure that the pavement system is safe from premature damage due to water. The current gradation specification for granular subbase material at the start of this study was: Sieve # % Passing 1” 100 #8 10-35 #50 0-15 #200 0-6

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Drainable bases, Drainage, Granular subbase, Permeable base
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Concrete
ID Code: 16119
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2014 19:16
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 11:48