Preformed Phoenix Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Compression Joint Seals, MLR-93-02, 1999

(1999) Preformed Phoenix Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Compression Joint Seals, MLR-93-02, 1999. Transportation, Department of


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There is an ongoing drive towards improvements and achieving success in effective and long term sealing of portland cement concrete pavement contraction joints. A variety of joint sealing products and procedures have been applied in Iowa in search of improvements in seal performance. Hot poured rubberized asphalt products were mainly used for sealing all joints in earlier years for highways. In the 1980s, silicone sealant products were becoming popular, especially for the major highways. As a high level of sealant performance was not achieved from silicones in Iowa conditions, other sealing products were tried. Preformed neoprene compression seals are being tried as a substitution for silicone sealants. Due to high costs of materials and installation with neoprene seals, the search for improvements through other joint sealing products and procedures continued. An agreement was made with Phoenix, North America, Inc., to provide and install preformed Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) compression joint seals. The research site was a 600 ft (183 m) test section of northbound I-29 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Seal installation was done August 20, 1992. Seal performance has been good over the past seven years and the seals are still showing no significant signs of decreasing performance.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Concrete pavements, Contraction joints, Joint sealers, Performance evaluations, Preforming, Test sections
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
ID Code: 20232
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2015 12:38
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2015 12:38