Glasgrid Fabric to Control Reflective Cracking, HR-535, 1990

(1990) Glasgrid Fabric to Control Reflective Cracking, HR-535, 1990. Transportation, Department of


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The major problem with durability of asphalt cement concrete (ACC) overlays to rehabilitate jointed portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement comes from reflective cracking. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of Glasgrid in regard to preventing reflection cracking. Glasgrid is a glass fiber mesh with 1/2 inch by 1 inch openings (Figure 1). Each strand is composed of many small glass fibers. After the grid is formed, it is coated with a polymer modified asphalt cement. In 1986, four experimental Glasgrid test sections were incorporated into Polk County project IR-35-2(191)67--12-77 on Interstate 35 from IA 5 to the west 1-80 interchange on the west edge of Des Moines, Single and double layers of Glasgrid were placed over transverse cracks and joints of the existing PCC pavement. The Glasgrid was placed on the PCC pavement for one section and between lifts of the ACC resurfacing on the other three sections. The four Glasgrid sections were compared to two sections without Glasgrid for four years. The sections were reviewed annually to determine how many cracks or joints had reflected through the resurfacing. Glasgrid placed on the PCC pavement was more effective at preventing reflection cracking than Glasgrid between lifts of AC resurfacing. In general, Glasgrid yielded a small reduction or retardation in the amount of reflection cracking, but not sufficient to justify additional expense for the use of Glasgrid.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Asphalt cement, Glass fiber reinforced concrete, Polymer asphalt, Portland cement concrete, Reflection cracking, Transverse cracking
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Research > Asphalt
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 17086
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2014 11:34
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 15:21