Portland Cement Concrete Curing Compound Performance Phase I and Phase II, MLR-02-03, 2003

(2003) Portland Cement Concrete Curing Compound Performance Phase I and Phase II, MLR-02-03, 2003. Transportation, Department of


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Testing the efficiency of Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) curing compounds is currently done following Test Method Iowa 901-D, May 2002. Concrete test specimens are prepared from mortar materials and are wet cured 5 hours before the curing compound is applied. All brands of curing compound submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation are laboratory tested for comparative performance under the same test conditions. These conditions are different than field PCC paving conditions. Phase I tests followed Test Method Iowa 901-D, but modified the application amounts of the curing compound. Test results showed that the application of two coats of one-half thickness each increased efficiency compared to one full thickness coat. Phase II tests also used the modified application amounts, used a concrete mix (instead of a mortar mix) and applied curing compound a few minutes after molding. Measurements of losses, during spraying of the curing compound, were noted and were found to be significant. Test results showed that application amounts, testing techniques, concrete specimen mix design and spray losses do influence the curing compound efficiency. The significance of the spray losses indicates that the conventional test method being used (Iowa 901 D) should be revised.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Concrete curing, Concrete mixing, Curing agents, Mix design, Mortar, Paving, Performance, Portland cement concrete, Specimens, Test procedures
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Pavements > Concrete
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
ID Code: 19906
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2015 17:11
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 17:11
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/19906