Establishing Load Transfer in Existing Jointed Concrete Pavements, HR-1041, 1985

(1985) Establishing Load Transfer in Existing Jointed Concrete Pavements, HR-1041, 1985. Transportation, Department of


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In this paper are described the results of a research project that had the objective of developing construction procedures for restoring load transfer in existing jointed concrete pavements and of evaluating the effectiveness of the restoration methods. A total of 28 test sections with various load transfer devices were placed. The devices include split pipe, figure eight, vee, double vee, and dowel bars. Patching materials used on the project included three types of fast-setting grouts, three brands of polymer concrete, and plain portland cement concrete. The number and spacing of the devices and dowel bars were also variables in the project. Dowel bars and double vee devices were used on the major portion of the project. Performance evaluations were based on deflection tests conducted with a 20,000-lb axle load. Horizontal joint movement measurements and visual observations were also made. The short-term performance data indicate good results with the dowel bar installations regardless of patching materials. The sections with split pipe, figure eight, and vee devices failed in bond during the first winter cycle. The results with the double vee sections indicate the importance of the patching material to the success or failure of the load transfer system: some sections are performing well and other sections are performing poorly with double vee devices. Horizontal joint movement measurements indicate that neither the dowel bars nor the double vee devices are restricting joint movement.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Concrete pavements, Construction joints, Dowels (Fasteners), Driver rehabilitation, Grout, Joint construction, Load transfer, Measures of effectiveness, Patching, Polymer concrete, Portland cement concrete, Spacing
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Pavements > Concrete
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
ID Code: 19885
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 14:26